Pilot program raises quality of cardiac care for ethnic populations

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

November 26, 2008

Back in late 2005 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation introduced Expecting Success and Excellence in Cardiac Care, which was a 29-month pilot aimed at analyzing racial and ethnic disparities in cardiac care, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports. With the help of a toolkit developed by the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Education Trust affiliate to help with the collection of data on patient’s race, ethnicity, and primary language, the hospitals were extremely successful in the program. Within the 29 months, the hospitals collaboratively increased the proportions of patients receiving all recommended care for heart failure by 37% over two years.

The program chose 10 hospitals to participate in the pilot and asked the hospitals to develop and share tools for improving cardiac care for African American and Hispanic patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or congestive heart failure. Due to the great success of the program, a toolkit was compiled to offer detailed guidance to other hospitals on the lessons learned throughout the pilot program.

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