Coronary artery disease (CAD), a condition resulting from obstruction of the heart arteries, is very common among veterans. Obstruction of the arteries can cause irreversible tissue death, resulting in myocardial infarction, heart failure, dangerous arrhythmias, and even death. Obstructive CAD is a leading cause of increased morbidity and mortality and decreased quality of life in veterans. Non-invasive imaging is the cornerstone for the diagnosis and risk stratification of patients with obstructive CAD. Recent studies, however, have questioned the effectiveness of current diagnostic strategies and raised potential concerns regarding radiation exposure from some diagnostic imaging tests.
Objectives: The primary objectives of these projects are: 1) to understand how imaging tests are utilized to diagnose and risk stratify patients with obstructive CAD and 2) how to optimize their utilization of non-invasive imaging for the care of patients with obstructive CAD.
The primary objectives of these projects are: 1) to understand how imaging tests are utilized to diagnose and risk stratify patients with obstructive CAD and 2) how to optimize their utilization of non-invasive imaging for the care of patients with obstructive CAD.
In Aim 1, we will determine the utilization pattern of non-invasive testing and the factors affecting utilization. Based on information collected from our newly created database, we describe the imaging strategies for the diagnosis and risk stratification of veterans with suspected obstructive CAD and identify predictors of strategy selection (i.e. patient-, provider-, and facility-level factors). In Aim 2, we will perform a cost-effectiveness analysis to determine the most cost-effective imaging modality including new technology as well as the risk of radiation exposure. In Aim 3, we will develop a clinical decision support system for VA care providers to select the most 'appropriate strategy' for risk stratification and diagnosis of obstructive CAD. We will set up a clinical decision support system (CDSS) to guide providers in choosing the most 'appropriate' imaging strategy based on published guidelines, studies from the literature, and results from Aims 2 and 3.
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Obstructive CAD is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality for Veterans. Proper utilization of imaging services will improve the quality of care leading to reduced morbidity, mortality and costs.
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Grant Number: IK2HX000749-01
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Aging, Older Veterans' Health and Care, Cardiovascular Disease