Patient-reported outcomes and quality of care in cardiology (PROCARD)
More than 450.000 Norwegians live with chronic heart diseases such as angina pectoris, heart failure, hypertension, arrhythmias, or following myocardial infarction.
Despite recent increases in survival rates for several heart diseases, heart disease remains the most common cause of death in Norway. Research on how patients cope with their heart disease is therefore of importance.
Main focuses of the PROCARD research group are i) patient-reported data and ii) quality in care and treatment. The patient`s voice is being promoted in research. Patient-reported data are combined with clinical outcomes. Good quality improvement projects are important for the quality of the services and is therefore integrated as an own area of research. Here, we work on guideline adherence, correlation between patient pathways and resource utilization, management and organisation.
We provide evidence-based knowledge to improve resource utilization and collaboration, and develop and evaluate methods to reduce a potential gap between research and clinical practice.