Alberta Procedure Rates 2003-2008 (9 Regions)
Alberta Procedure Rates for Coronary Heart Disease in Alberta Regional Health Authorities 2003-2008.
Background: The Alberta Provincial Project for Outcomes Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease (APPROACH) maintains a clinical registry of all patients undergoing diagnostic cardiac catheterizations and subsequent cardiovascular procedures in Alberta. Although Alberta appears “on average” to be doing well relative to other Canadian provinces, this study addresses the equitability of these cardiac procedures across Alberta health regions in 2003-2008.
Objectives: To examine the age- and sex-adjusted rates of diagnostic cardiac catheterization, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery in Alberta health regions.
Methods: Data from the APPROACH registry were used to calculate age- and sex- adjusted procedure rates for persons aged 20 and older in each health region. 1996 StatCan data were used for adjusting rates by age and sex. We used tables and graphs to show the distribution of rates in the Alberta regional health authorities in 2003- 2008.
A map of the previous 9 Regions in Alberta can be found on the Alberta Health Services website.