QUality improvement in primary care to prevent hospitalisations and improve Effectiveness and efficiency of care for people Living with coronary heart disease (QUEL): Protocol for a 24-month cluster randomised controlled trial in primary care

Julie Redfern, Nashid Hafiz, Karice Hyun, Andrew Knight, Charlotte Hespe, Clara K. Chow, Tom Briffa, Robyn Gallagher, Christopher Reid, David L. Hare, Nicholas Zwar, Mark Woodward, Stephen Jan, Emily R. Atkins, Tracey Lea Laba, Elizabeth Halcomb, Laurent Billot, Tracey Johnson, Timothy Usherwood

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Background: Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, is the leading cause of death and disability globally. A large proportion of mortality occurs in people with prior CHD and effective and scalable strategies are needed to prevent associated deaths and hospitalisations. The aim of this study is to determine if a practice-level collaborative quality improvement program, focused on patients with CHD, reduces the rate of unplanned CVD hospitalisations and major adverse cardiovascular events, and increases the proportion of patients achieving risk factor targets at 24 months. Methods: Cluster randomised controlled trial (cRCT) to evaluate the effectiveness of a primary care quality improvement program in 50 primary care practices (n~ 10,000 patients) with 24-month follow-up. Eligible practices will be randomised (1:1) to participate in either the intervention (collaborative quality improvement program) or control (standard care) regimens. Outcomes will be assessed based on randomised allocation, according to intention-to-treat. The primary outcome is the proportion of patients with unplanned CVD hospitalisations at 2 years. Secondary outcomes are proportion of patients with major adverse cardiovascular events, proportion of patients who received prescriptions for guideline-recommended medicines, proportion of patients achieving national risk factor targets and proportion with a chronic disease management plan or review. Differences in the proportion of patients who are hospitalised (as well as binary secondary outcomes) will be analysed using logbinomial regression or robust Poisson regression, if necessary. (Continued on next page)

Original languageEnglish
Article number36
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Family Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2020


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