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Table 6 Health system quality indicators

From: Rationale, design, and methods for Canadian alliance for healthy hearts and minds cohort study (CAHHM) – a Pan Canadian cohort study

Health system quality indicators measurable from the CPTP CVD Survey
Participants with a family doctor
Difficulties accessing primary or specialist care
Weight assessment by a health professional
Screening for hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia
Diabetics who have had eyes examined by an ophthalmologist, feet examined, urine protein tested
Smokers who have been offered smoking cessation counseling and/or stop smoking aids
Hypertensives who have their blood pressure treated and controlled
Participants with hyperlipidemia who have been treated with medication to control their blood cholesterol levels
Participants with atrial fibrillation who have been treated with blood thinners
Health system indicators measurable from administrative data
A. Structural variables
 # of family doctors/specialists per capita
 #, costs and types of ambulatory care visits
 #, costs and types of hospitalizations
B. Processes of Care
 CV and non-CV medications (statins, ACE inhibitors, diuretics, Beta-blockers)
 Laboratory screening rates (lipids, diabetes)
 Lab results (lipids, diabetes)
 ECG, Stress Test, Echo, CT scans, MRI scans
 Cardiac Catheterization
 Cardiac Surgery
C. Outcomes
 Myocardial Infarction (STEMI/NSTEMI, unstable angina)
 Congestive Heart Failure
 Stroke (Ischemic/Hemorrhagic/TIA)
 Death (including cause of death)
 Atrial Fibrillation
 Diabetes and Hypertension