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CCORT is funded by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team Grant in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research

CANHEART is funded by a CIHR Team Grant in Chronic Disease Risk & Intervention Strategies


Enhanced Feedback for Effective Cardiac Treatment (EFFECT) study results published in JAMA

The EFFECT study, one of Canada's largest initiatives aimed at measuring and improving the quality of cardiac care, involved 86 hospital corporations in Ontario, Canada.

The primary results of the EFFECT study were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) scientific sessions (late-breaking clinical science track) meeting in Orlando, Florida on November 18, 2009. The EFFECT JAMA paper later won the CIHR/IHSPR Article of the Year award, see CCORT Background/Awards for more details.

The following links provide information regarding the EFFECT study:

  • Tu JV, Donovan LR, Lee DS, et al. Effectiveness of Public Report Cards for Improving the Quality of cardiac care: The EFFECT Study: A Randomized Trial.  JAMA 2009; 302 (21)--published online November 18, 2009

  • American Heart Association Late-breaking Clinical Science session: Effectiveness of public report cards for improving the quality of cardiac care: Results from the Enhanced Feedback for Effective Cardiac Treatment (EFFECT) Study, November 18, 2009--Powerpoint        PDF 

  • Scientific publications from the EFFECT study: PDF  

All participating Ontario hospitals have been provided with information regarding their performance in the follow up phase of the EFFECT study.  These reports along with publication of the primary trial results mark the conclusion of the EFFECT study.

Our thanks to all those involved in the EFFECT study including the participating hospitals, our funders (Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada) and the EFFECT nurse abstractors.

EFFECT study contact: Linda Donovan