CV Outcomes to Partner with ACC on HF GAP Program
30 May 2002 - 16:01
CV Outcomes has enthusiastically agreed to serve as an official partner to the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in its Guidelines Applied in Practice (GAP) Program. The ACC developed its GAP programs in an effort to improve the quality of cardiovascular care by bringing ACC/AHA practice guidelines to the point of patient care. The program consists of a series of projects to develop and test tools and strategies for implementing guidelines. Key features of GAP projects are the building of partnerships, flexibility for local adaptation of tools derived from guidelines, involvement of caregivers across the continuum of care (i.e., not just cardiologists), involvement of patients, use of champions/opinion leaders, and use of data to change behavior and measure effectiveness of the approach.
CV Outcomes will assist the Oregon HF GAP project, led by Drs. Mark Huth and Ruth Medak, by creating a tool to allow implementation of the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire (KCCQ) in the outpatient setting and by using the KCCQ to help quantify the benefit of the GAP interventions on patients’ health status. The KCCQ is a 23-item disease-specific health status measure for patients with Congestive Heart Failure. The first CORC project was a 13-center study to define the clinical interpretability of changes in KCCQ scores. Information from this methodological study will be invaluable in interpreting the benefits of the GAP program on patient outcomes.