Improving the management of acute coronary syndromes in Australia: translating evidence to outcomes
Article first published online: 24 MAY 2007
2007 Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Internal Medicine Journal
Volume 37, Issue 6, pages 412–415, June 2007
How to Cite
Huynh, L. T., Phillips, P. A. and Chew, D. P. (2007), Improving the management of acute coronary syndromes in Australia: translating evidence to outcomes. Internal Medicine Journal, 37: 412–415. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2007.01373.x
- Issue published online: 24 MAY 2007
- Article first published online: 24 MAY 2007
- Received 2 December 2006; accepted 23 January 2007.
- acute coronary syndromes;
- evidence based medicine;
- practice guidelines
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.