This study examined quality indicators (QIs) for heart failure (HF) in patients’ referral documents (PRDs). We conducted a nationwide questionnaire survey to identify information that general practitioners (GPs) would like hospital cardiologists (HCs) to include in PRDs and that HCs actually include in PRDs. The percentage of GPs that desired each item included in PRDs was converted into a deviation score, and items with a deviation score of 50 were defined as QIs. We rated the quality of PRDs provided by HCs based on QI assessment. We received 281 responses from HCs and 145 responses from GPs. The following were identified as QIs: 1) HF cause; 2) B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) or N-terminal pro-BNP concentration; 3) left ventricular ejection fraction or echocardiography; 4) body weight; 5) education of patients and their families on HF; 6) physical function, and 7) functions of daily living. Based on QI assessment, only 21.7% of HCs included all seven items in their PRDs. HCs specializing in HF and institutions with many full-time HCs were independently associated with including the seven items in PRDs. The quality of PRDs for HF varies among physicians and hospitals, and standardization is needed based on QI assessment.
- Information sharing
- Regional collaboration
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine