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Hospitals Participating in Get With The Guidelines(SM) Program Follow Heart Attack Treatment Guidelines Better Than Others
Date:9/8/2008

GWTG-CAD hospitals demonstrated better adherence to guidelines in four individual measures: aspirin use at discharge, beta-blocker use at discharge, ACE inhibitor use at discharge and tobacco cessation counseling at discharge.

"With more than one million patients hospitalized with AMI each year, these differences in performance would still translate to tens of thousands of additional patients treated with recommended therapies each year if all U.S. hospitals provided the same level of performance as those of GWTG-CAD hospitals," said William Lewis, M.D., FACC, GWTG Steering Committee member and lead study author.

Adherence to the overall hospital comparison composite score was 4.7 percent higher in GWTG hospitals compared to non-GWTG hospitals. Adherence to the GWTG-CAD composite score was 6.5 percent higher in GWTG hospitals compared to non-GWTG hospitals.

The American Heart Association launched GWTG in 2000 to support and facilitate the improvement of the quality of care of patients with cardiovascular disease using a web based patient management tool to collect clinical data, provide decision support, and provide real-time online reporting features.

The need for quality improvement programs is well established, with more than eight million adult Americans having had a heart attack and more than 900,000 developing new or recurrent heart attacks each year. At age 40 or older, 18 percent of men and 23 percent of women will die within a year after their first heart attack.


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