Journal Article

Cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation: from guidelines to implementation, a novel patient-based initiative from Sweden

J. Perk and P.-O. Wester

in European Heart Journal Supplements

Published on behalf of European Society of Cardiology

Volume 6, issue suppl_J, pages j33-j36
Published in print December 2004 | ISSN: 1520-765X
Published online December 2004 | e-ISSN: 1554-2815 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ehjsup.2004.02.002
Cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation: from guidelines to implementation, a novel patient-based initiative from Sweden

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According to guidelines from The National Swedish Board of Health and Welfare, cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation should be available for all coronary patients. Yet, the provision of this service varies considerably between Swedish hospitals. In this paper, an initiative from a patient organisation to improve the quality of cardiac care is presented.

Over the past years, the National Heart and Lung Patients' Association has been engaged in a major staff training and research effort. In assuring the quality of these efforts, hospitals have been audited using a grading system of 1-5 hearts: one heart meaning an unsatisfactory level, five hearts an optimal level of care. An evaluation has shown that the support and grading may have contributed to an improvement of preventive and rehabilitation care, though the ultimate goal of “five hearts for all” still remains to be achieved.

Keywords: Cardiovascular; Prevention and rehabilitation; Guidelines; Implementation

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Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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