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2005 News Items
The study "Quality of care and outcomes of older patient with heart failure hospitalized in the United States and Canada", by Dennis Ko, Jack Tu, Frederick Masoudi, Yongfei Wang, Edward Havranek, Saif Rathore, Alice Newman, Linda Donovan, Douglas Lee, JoAnne Foody, and Harlan Krumholz, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
CITATION: Arch Intern Med Vol 165 Nov 28, 2005: 2486:2492

Print media coverage included:
Nov. 28, 2005, Toronto Star "U.S. patients do better - at first, study finds"
Nov. 28, 2005, Canadian Press "U.S. beats Canada for short term, but not one-year survival for heart failure"
Nov. 28, 2005, Reuters "Study finds Canadian-US heart failure disparity"
Nov. 28, 2005, www.CBC.ca "Better survival for heart failure patients in U.S. in short-term only: study"
Nov. 28, 2005, www.Healthday.com "Heart failure patients in two countries compared"


CCORT received the national CIHR Knowledge Translation Award.
Print media coverage included:
Nov. 24, 2005, The Globe and Mail "Scientist's scientist awarded key honour in national health research awards"


An editorial by Dr. Eldon Smith discusses CCORT's award-winnning research.
CITATION: Nov. 13, 2005, Can J Cardiol, Vol. 21 No. 13


A study, led by Dr. Douglas Lee and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found a pattern of risk-treatment disparities in heart-failure patients in Canada.
CITATION: Risk-Treatment Mismatch in the Pharmacotherapy of Heart Failure. JAMA 2005;294:1240-1247.

Print media coverage included:
Sept. 27, 2005, The Medical Post “High-risk patients least likely to get heart drugs”
Sept. 15, 2005, The Globe and Mail “Most-needy heart failure patients least likely to get drugs”
Sept. 15, 2005, www.theheart.org “High-risk HF patients short-changed on ACE inhibitors and beta blockers, study says”
Sept. 14, 2005, The National Post “High-risk patients not getting heart drugs”
Sept. 14, 2005, The Gazette (Montreal, QC) “Sickest heart patients get least treatment”
Sept. 14, 2005, The Ottawa Citizen “High-risk heart patients less likely to receive life-saving drugs: study”
Sept. 14, 2005, The Windsor Star “Sickest don’t get best drugs, study finds”
Sept. 14, 2005, Star Phoenix (Saskatoon, SK) “High-risk heart patients less likely to get drugs”
Sept. 14, 2005, The Leader Post (Regina, SK) “High-risk patients less likely to receive drugs”
Sept. 14, 2005, The Edmonton Journal (Edmonton, AB) “Sickest heart failure patients less likely to get life-saving drugs”
Sept. 14, 2005, The Calgary Herald (Calgary, AB) “Drugs elude heart patients”
Sept. 13, 2005, HealthDay.com “Severe Heart Failure Under treated: Study”


A study, led by Cynthia Jackevicius, on acute treatment of myocardial infarction in Canada between 1999-2002, found that Canadian and provincial rates of use of evidence-based medications for the treatment of AMI have increased over time, although there remains room for improvement.
CITATION: Acute Treatment of Myocardial Infarction in Canada. Can J Cardiol Feb. 2005; 21(2):145-152.
Print media coverage included:
Aug. 3, 2005, The National Post “Not all heart attack victims receive drugs on time: Study”
Aug. 3, 2005, The Ottawa Citizen “Overcrowded ERs put heart attack victims at risk”
Aug. 3, 2005, Star Phoenix (Saskatoon, SK) “ER overcrowding hinders treatment of heart attack victims”
Aug. 3, 2005, The Edmonton Journal “Heart attack victims wait too long for treatment”


A study titled Administrative Data Feedback for Effective Cardiac Treatment (AFFECT) and authored by CCORT investigators Christine Beck, Hugues Richard, Jack Tu and Louise Pilote, was conducted as a cluster randomized trial to determine whether hospital report cards are effective for improving quality of care for acute myocardial infarction. The results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
CITATION: JAMA, Vol. 294 No. 3, July 20, 2005.
Print media coverage included:
July 19, 2005, Health Day News (U.S.) "Hospital Report Cards Don't Improve Heart-Patient Care"
July 20, 2005, Newswise.com "Hospital 'Report Cards' Found Not Effective for Quality Improvement"


A study, led by Michelle Graham, used a detailed clinical registry of patients undergoing cardiac catheterization in Alberta to determine the average rate of cardiac catheterization. Results suggest that a higher utilization rate of cardiac catheterization may be required.
CITATION: Population rates of cardiac catheterization and yield of high-risk coronary artery disease. CMAJ July 5, 2005; 173(1):35-39.
Print media coverage included:
July 6, 2005, The National Post “Call for more heart tests”
July 5, 2005, The Globe and Mail “Catheter check for heart ills not done enough, study finds”


A study, led by CCORT fellow Zheng Zhou, evaluated the class effect in the effectiveness of statins for secondary prevention in elderly patients after acute myocardial infarction.
CITATION: Effectiveness of statins for secondary prevention in elderly patients after acute myocardial infarction: an evaluation of class effect. CMAJ Apr. 2005; Vol. 172 No 9:1187-1194.
Print media coverage included:
Apr. 26, 2005, The Globe and Mail “Cholesterol drugs are all the same, new research says”
Apr. 25, 2005, The Canadian Press “Cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins equally effective, study shows”
 
2004 News Items
2003 News Items