Quality of care for sudden cardiac arrest: Proposed steps to improve the translation of evidence into practice.


Journal Article (Review)

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the most common cause of death in the United States. Despite national guidelines, patients at risk for SCA often fail to receive evidence-based therapies. Racial and ethnic minorities and women are at particularly high risk for undertreatment. To address the persistent challenges in improving the quality of care for SCA, the Duke Center for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (Durham, NC) reconvened the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Thought Leadership Alliance. Experts from clinical cardiology, cardiac electrophysiology, health policy and economics, the US Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, and device and pharmaceutical manufacturers discussed the development of SCA educational tools for patients and providers, mechanisms of implementing successful tools to help providers identify patients in their practice at risk for SCA, disparities in SCA prevention, and performance measures related to SCA care. This article summarizes the discussions held at this meeting.

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Cited Authors

  • Eapen, ZJ; Peterson, ED; Fonarow, GC; Sanders, GD; Yancy, CW; Sears, SF; Carlson, MD; Curtis, AB; Hall, LL; Hayes, DL; Hernandez, AF; Mirro, M; Prystowsky, E; Russo, AM; Thomas, KL; Al-Khatib, SM

Published Date

  • August 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 162 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 222 - 231

PubMed ID

  • 21835281

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21835281

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-6744

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ahj.2011.04.021


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States