Effect of a multifaceted intervention on use of evidence-based therapies in patients with acute coronary syndromes in Brazil: The BRIDGE-ACS randomized trial

Otávio Berwanger, Hélio P. Guimarães, Ligia N. Laranjeira, Alexandre B. Cavalcanti, Alessandra A. Kodama, Ana Denise Zazula, Eliana V. Santucci, Elivane Victor, Marcos Tenuta, Vitor Carvalho, Vera Lucia Mira, Karen S. Pieper, Bernardete Weber, Luiz Henrique Mota, Eric D. Peterson, Renato D. Lopes

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Abstract

Context: Studies have found that patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) often do not receive evidence-based therapies in community practice. This is particularly true in low- and middle-income countries. Objective: To evaluate whether a multifaceted quality improvement (QI) intervention can improve the use of evidence-based therapies and reduce the incidence of major cardiovascular events among patients with ACS in a middle-income country. Design, Setting, and Participants: The BRIDGE-ACS (Brazilian Intervention to Increase Evidence Usage in Acute Coronary Syndromes) trial, a cluster-randomized (concealed allocation) trial conducted among 34 clusters (public hospitals) in Brazil and enrolling a total of 1150 patients with ACS from March 15, 2011, through November 2, 2011, with follow-up through January 27, 2012. Intervention: Multifaceted QI intervention including educational materials for clinicians, reminders, algorithms, and case manager training, vs routine practice (control). Main Outcome Measures: Primary end point was the percentage of eligible patients who received all evidence-based therapies (aspirin, clopidogrel, anticoagulants, and statins) during the first 24 hours in patients without contraindications. Results: Mean age of the patients enrolled was 62 (SD, 13) years; 68.6% were men, and 40% presented with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, 35.6% with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, and 23.6% with unstable angina. The randomized clusters included 79.5% teaching hospitals, all from major urban areas and 41.2% with 24-hour percutaneous coronary intervention capabilities. Among eligible patients (923/1150 [80.3%]), 67.9% in the intervention vs 49.5% in the control group received all eligible acute therapies (population average odds ratio [ORPA], 2.64 [95% CI, 1.28- 5.45]). Similarly, among eligible patients (801/1150 [69.7%]), those in the intervention group were more likely to receive all eligible acute and discharge medications (50.9% vs 31.9%;ORPA,, 2.49 [95% CI, 1.08-5.74]). Overall composite adherence scores were higher in the intervention clusters (89% vs 81.4%; mean difference, 8.6% [95% CI, 2.2%- 15.0%]). In-hospital cardiovascular event rates were 5.5% in the intervention group vs 7.0% in the control group (ORPA, 0.72 [95% CI, 0.36-1.43]); 30-day all-cause mortality was 7.0% vs 8.4% (ORPA, 0.79 [95% CI, 0.46-1.34]). Conclusion: Among patients with ACS treated in Brazil, a multifaceted educational intervention resulted in significant improvement in the use of evidence-based therapies. Trial Registration: clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: NCT00958958.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2041-2049
Number of pages9
JournalJAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association
Volume307
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - May 16 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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