Publications (2)0 Total impact
Article: Physician practice patterns in acute coronary syndromes: an initial report of an individual quality improvement program.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association guidelines are the nationally accepted standards for the treatment of patients with acute coronary syndromes. Despite this recognition, adherence to guideline recommendations remains suboptimal with 25% of opportunities to provide guideline appropriate care missed. To address performance gaps related to acute coronary syndrome care and improve patient outcomes, a performance improvement (PI) initiative was designed for cardiologists and emergency department physicians. As an American Medical Association-approved, standardized continuing medical education initiative, participating physicians can earn up to 20 American Medical Association-PRA Category 1 Credits by completing 2 phases of self-assessment in addition to developing and implementing a PI plan to address self-identified areas where improvement in patient care is needed. As the second in a series of 3 articles, this article describes the initial data submitted by 101 participating physicians and how their treatment practices compared with American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines as well as with current national standards. Overall, participating physicians meet guideline expectations with performance and documentation of a 12-lead electrocardiography, measurement of cardiac biomarkers, and administration of aspirin. Identified areas of improvement were the standardization of treatment protocols, use of risk assessment scores, appropriate dosing of anticoagulants, and improvement in patient treatment times. A noted challenge of this PI initiative is the low rate of physician participation, with fewer than 10% of registered physicians actively submitting patient data. This fact may reflect several barriers to PI, such as: (1) lack of time to collect and submit data, (2) the belief that current practices do not need to be improved, and (3) the need for system-based improvements.Critical pathways in cardiology 03/2010; 9(1):23-9.
Article: The use of antithrombotic therapies in the prevention and treatment of arterial and venous thrombosis: a survey of current knowledge and practice supporting the need for clinical education.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Arterial and venous thrombosis are serious health threats. Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), acute coronary syndromes (ACS), and venous thromboembolism (VTE) can reduce their risk of thrombosis through proper anticoagulation. Multiple evidence-based guidelines exist regarding the proper use of antithrombotic therapy, yet previous studies have shown the prevalence of inconsistent practices with respect to guideline recommendations. Here, we describe a survey of 647 practicing physicians and their current beliefs, behaviors, and knowledge surrounding the use of antithrombotic therapies in the treatment of their patients with AF, ACS, and VTE. Results show that while most physicians are confident in their abilities to treat patients with these conditions, specific knowledge of guideline recommendations for the optimal use of antithrombotic agents use is low. In addition, physician concerns over bleeding risks and complicated monitoring procedures associated with antithrombotic use were reported as barriers to their use in patients. Survey results also demonstrated that physicians have little knowledge of investigational antithrombotic agents, but would like education about them. These data suggest a need for education on guideline recommendations regarding the appropriate use of current antithrombotic therapies, as well as a need for information on the potential benefits and limitations of investigational drugs that may be used in the future to manage thrombosis in patients with AF, ACS, and VTE.Critical pathways in cardiology 03/2010; 9(1):41-8.