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Keywords:

  • acute coronary syndromes;
  • evidence based medicine;
  • practice guidelines

Abstract

Cardiovascular disease imposes a heavy burden of morbidity and mortality on the Australian community. This situation is likely to exacerbate as the number of elderly Australians increase. Management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) is underpinned by a robust evidence base, which is outlined in clinical practice guidelines. Yet, despite wide diffusion of guidelines, many Australians who experience acute coronary syndromes do not receive optimal care. This article reviews what we have learnt from previous quality improvement initiatives and discusses what we need to know to improve acute coronary syndromes management in Australia.