Implementation of Ischemic Heart Disease Clinical Practice Guidelines

2014-07-23 21:56:06 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to design and evaluate targeted implementation strategies to fully integrate the VHA clinical practice guidelines for ischemic heart disease into VHA clinical practice. Effectively implementing the guideline will enhance the quality, appropriateness, timeliness, and cost effectiveness of care delivered to veterans with ischemic heart disease.



The purpose of this study is to design and evaluate targeted implementation strategies to fully integrate the VHA clinical practice guidelines for ischemic heart disease into VHA clinical practice. Effectively implementing the guideline will enhance the quality, appropriateness, timeliness, and cost effectiveness of care delivered to veterans with ischemic heart disease.


The long-term objective of this study is to identify the best strategies for implementing the IHD guidelines to improve guideline adherence and provider acceptance. The specific objectives of the study are to: 1) describe the temporal aspects of guideline acceptance and adherence over three periods of time: pre-implementation, post-implementation of general strategies, and post- implementation of targeted strategies; 2) assess the relative effectiveness of targeted intervention strategies on guideline adherence; 3) identify the relationships among provider beliefs, attitudes, and their intentions to use guidelines; 4) identify the costs associated with implementation of general and targeted implementation strategies; and 5) describe provider satisfaction with targeted implementation strategies.


Qualitative (focus groups, interviews with key informants) and quantitative methods (surveys, chart reviews) are used to address study objectives. A survey will be sent to providers to measure beliefs and attitudes that predict provider acceptance to clinical practice guidelines. Patient level data will be collected from reviews of charts from each facility. Based on provider focus groups we will design targeted strategies to overcome system barriers and address needs identified by providers to support clinical practice guideline implementation. A randomized trial will be conducted to assess the relative effectiveness of the targeted intervention strategies.


Data collection has ended. We are currently evaluating adherence data at all sites following introduction of case management to determine if the intervention increases adherence to the guidelines.

Study Design

Time Perspective: Prospective


Ischemic Heart Disease


James A. Haley VA Hospital
United States




Department of Veterans Affairs

Results (where available)

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