Instruments

We offer 5 health-related quality-of-life instruments:

  • Seattle Angina Questionnaire
  • Seattle Angina Questionnaire Short Form
  • Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire
  • Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire Short Form
  • Peripheral Artery Questionnaire

Find out more about them and our related tools here.


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About CV Outcomes, Inc.

Background and History

Founded in March 2002, Cardiovascular Outcomes, Inc. (CV Outcomes) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the advancement of outcomes research and quality assessment/improvement in cardiovascular disease. CV Outcomes serves as the administrative coordinator for the Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC).

Founded in February 2001, CORC is a national group of leaders in cardiovascular outcomes research who collaboratively conduct studies in the methodology of outcomes assessment and quality improvement. Institutions include

  • The Mid America Heart Institute and the University of Missouri at Kansas City
  • Yale University
  • Harvard University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Case-Western Reserve University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Alberta
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Iowa
  • Washington University
  • and numerous other sites on a project-by-project basis

The first CORC project enrolled 547 CHF patients from 13 centers into an outpatient cohort study to determine the minimal clinically important change in score on the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire. A second CORC project is the PREMIER QI Registry, a 12-center effort to prospectively track the outcomes (including health status) of patients recovering from an acute myocardial infarction.

CV Outcomes has also entered into a partnership with the American College of Cardiology for two of its three Guidelines Applied to Practice (GAP) projects. These demonstration projects in Chronic Stable Angina (based in Alabama) and Congestive Heart Failure (based in Oregon) will define the patient-centered advantages of optimal medical care by quantifying changes in patients’ health status with the Seattle Angina Questionnaire and the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire.

Policies related to the governance of CV Outcomes, Inc. are available upon request. Email us for more information.

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New CV Outcomes Web Site Now Up and Running

New CV Outcomes Web Site Now Up and Running

21 September 2008 - 11:13
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You have reached our new, upgraded web site for CV Outcomes. We hope you find the changes to be beneficial.

The most immediate practical issue is that all registered users will need to re-set their passwords in order to access their various groups, license pages, etc. We apologize for this inconvenience, but it was unavoidable.

Please review this detailed explanation for all the particulars of why and how you can accomplish this. And please email us for any problems.

Thanks, and welcome to our new site!

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New CVO Site Arrives This Sunday 21 September

New CVO Site Arrives This Sunday 21 September

18 September 2008 - 19:43
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This weekend we’re moving the CVO web site to a new system and web hosting setting. Re-engineered from the ground up, our new technologies should provide some significant benefits and a better user interface. <font>The move will cause two important points of disruption, however</font>:


  • There will be an interruption in access to the site for some number of hours beginning at 0800 PDT and lasting until the Internet has caught up to our new IP address.
  • All users will need to redo their password.
Please review this full explanation of how this can be easily accomplished.


The new site is based on cutting-edge technologies (Ruby on Rails) that are much more robust and easily-maintained than our old system, which had grown rather long in the tooth after nearly seven years of service. Most of the enhancements aren’t visible to regular users, and in fact we’ve tried to keep much of the look&feel the same since people have told us they were used to it and didn’t want a lot of change. However, users with administrative roles at the site will find themselves considerably better empowered.


We’ve also moved to a new hosting setting that should provide more reliable and faster performance. We’ll closely monitor this to see if in fact this results.


We hope that you will bear with us during this transition. Please let us know how things go, particularly if you have any problems. We will make sure to help you through the change.

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ISP infrastructure Revision Now Complete

ISP infrastructure Revision Now Complete

12 May 2008 - 11:28
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Update: Our conversion to a new fiber-optic network is now complete. You should see some improvement in operations. We apologize again for any inconvenience during the change-over.

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Credit Card Payment Now Available Option for Instrument Licenses

Credit Card Payment Now Available Option for Instrument Licenses

05 October 2007 - 13:39
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We now are able to accept payment by credit card for licenses to use the SAQ, KCCQ, and PAQ plus related calculation tools. Every new invoice generated from now on will contain instructions about payment options including credit card payments.


If you are already negotiating with us about a license and your invoice lacks this section, please email us and we’ll handle things with you directly.

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CVO and CORC Lead the D2B Alliance

CVO and CORC Lead the D2B Alliance

26 April 2007 - 10:43
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CVO and CORC investigators are leading efforts to reduce door to balloon times through the D2B Alliance. The D2B Alliance is a national campaign of the American College of Cardiology in collaboration with the American Heart Association, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and 33 other organizations.


The D2B Alliance is taking research and translating it into practice with the goal of getting hospitals nationwide (and beyond) to treat patients within 90 minutes of presentation to the hospital. Thus far more than 850 hospitals have joined the effort.


This project realizes the vision of CVO and CORC to produce scholarship and see it make a difference in people’s lives.


See the D2B Alliance web site for more details.

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KCCQ, SAQ, and PAQ Calculators Upgraded to Support Patient Results Graphing

KCCQ, SAQ, and PAQ Calculators Upgraded to Support Patient Results Graphing

11 December 2005 - 12:34
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To assist deployment of the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire, the Seattle Angina Questionnaire, and the Peripheral Artery Questionnaire into clinical settings, the KCCQ Calculator, SAQ Calculator, and PAQ Calculator now can extract and graph individual patient scale scores. “At the point of care, seeing a graphical trend over time of a patients functional status can be an important factor when making therapeutic decisions,” says John Spertus, MPH MD, author of the KCCQ, SAQ, and PAQ. “The upgraded Calculators makes this easy.” Further details — including screenshots — are available here.


The Calculators previously assisted the use of these health-related quality of life instruments by providing data entry filters and automated calculation of the scale scores from patient responses. “That was only half of the job for clinical point of care applications, though,” says Spertus. “The ability of the Calculators to extract specific patient data from the whole dataset and instantly graph it means that a patient can complete the questionnaire in the waiting room, the nurse can enter the data into the Calculator and print out the results, and the patient’s entire situation can be evaluated by the doc and patient in the exam room.”


Current licensees can simply re-download the Calculator from their custom project pages in order to get this upgrade.

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Turkish Versions of KCCQ and SAQ Now Available

Turkish Versions of KCCQ and SAQ Now Available

13 November 2005 - 11:48
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Drs. John Spertus and Tuncay Duruoz have collaborated to produce Turkish versions of the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire and the Seattle Angina Questionnaire, which are now available. “Dr. Duruoz, a rheumatologist and physiatrist at the Celal Bayar University Medical School, was instrumental in translating these instruments into Turkish,” states Dr. Spertus.


Dr. Duruoz has extensive experience in cross-cultural adapations of quality of life measures, including the Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life Scale (ASQOL), Psoriatic Arthritis Quality of Life Scale (PsAQOL), Systemic Lupus Erythematosis Quality of Life Scale (SLEQOL), and Osteoarthritis Health Related Quality of Life Scale (OAHRQOL). He developed and validated a functional disability scale for the hand, the Duruoz Hand Index (DHI), and produced Turkish, English and French versions. Dr. Duruoz also is a board member of the Health Related Quality of Life Society (SAYKAD), president of the Ankylosing Spondylitis Patient Society (ASHAD) and the general secretary of next National Rheumatic Diseases Congress in Turkey.


Concludes Spertus: “It’s been a pleasure and privilege to collaborate with him on the Turkish versions of the KCCQ and SAQ.”

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CORC Collaborators in NHLBI Working Group Issue Outcomes Research Report

CORC Collaborators in NHLBI Working Group Issue Outcomes Research Report

14 June 2005 - 12:49
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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute working group on outcomes research in cardiovascular disease, co-chaired by Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Consortium members Harlan Krumholz and Eric Peterson and staffed by a number of other CORC colleagues, has just published its report in Circulation. The report is available for download here.


The working group identified these research priorities in outcomes research related to cardiovascular disease: (1) national surveillance projects for high-prevalence CV conditions; (2) patient-centered care; (3) translation of the best science into clinical practice; and (4) studies that place the cost of interventions in the context of their real-world effectiveness.


In addition, the group identified the following areas that are important to the field: (1) promotion of the use of existing data; (2) facilitation of collaborations with other federal agencies; (3) investigations into the basic science of outcomes research, with an emphasis on methodological advances; (4) strengthening of appropriate study sections with individuals who have expertise in outcomes research; and (5) expansion of opportunities to train new outcomes research investigators.


The working group concluded that a dedicated investment in CV outcomes research could directly improve the care delivered in the United States.


John Spertus, Director of CORC, commented: “This report will help shape the direction of cardiovascular outcomes research for the next several years. It also highlights the central position that CORC and its members have achieved in defining the scientific dimensions of this space.”

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Krumholz Publishes "The Expert Guide to Beating Heart Disease"

Krumholz Publishes "The Expert Guide to Beating Heart Disease"

07 March 2005 - 09:29
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Harlan Krumholz MD SM, esteemed member of the Cardiovascular Outcomes
Research Consortium
and Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and
Public Health at Yale University School of Medicine, has just published
a new patient-oriented book called The Expert Guide to Beating Heart Disease: What You Absolutely Must Know. “Harlan’s book beautifully describes the clinical applications of the sorts of outcomes research we do at CORC,” says John Spertus MD MPH, director of CORC. “His introduction to the Seattle Angina Questionnaire is particularly useful.”


Dr. Krumholz explains that his motivation for writing a popular book at this point in time is this: “I want people to know the difference between strategies that are proven — for which there is little controversy, broad consensus, and little likelihood of future reversal — and strategies whose support is still evolving and for which there remains uncertainty even among proponents. The book does not tell people what to do but rather presents a road map that helps people to best align treatment decisions with their own goals.”


Regarding the Seattle Angina Questionnaire, Dr. Krumholz adds: “The SAQ is an ideal way to measure the burden of your heart disease symptoms — it produces a number that can be tracked over time — and used by you and your physician to determine the progress you are making. I believe that one day tools like this will become routine in physician offices. What it does is help you and your doctor to understand how you are experiencing your heart disease and what effect it is having on your life.”


Dr. Krumholz reviews the major points of his book in this this WebMD interview.

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Peripheral Artery Questionnaire Released

Peripheral Artery Questionnaire Released

22 November 2004 - 08:01
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CV Outcomes is pleased to provide licensing opportunities for the
Peripheral Artery Questionnaire. The PAQ is a disease-specific health status measure for patients with peripheral arterial disease. Like the Seattle Angina Questionnaire and the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy
Questionnaire, the PAQ has been rigorously tested to demonstrate its
validity, reliability and responsiveness. For a disease such as
peripheral arterial disease, in which the primary goal of treatment is
to improve patients’ symptoms, function and quality of life, it is hoped
that the PAQ can serve as a primary endpoint in clinical trials, as a
marker of severely affected patients requiring treatment and as a tool
for improving the quality and follow-up of treated patients.


The PAQ was co-developed by Dr. John Spertus, Director of Outcomes
Research at the Mid America Heart Institute, and Dr. Krishna
Rocha-Singh, an interventional Cardiologist at the Prairie Heart
Institute in Springfield Illinois. Leveraging their combined extensive
methodological and clinical expertise, they were able to significantly
advance the quality of outcomes assessment in this growing population of patients. The PAQ is currently being used in several observational
registries and clinical trials.

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