Quality Improvement in Vascular Disease Care

Authors: Edward Lee, Rajesh Vedanthan, Panniyammakal Jeemon, Jemima Kamano, Preeti Kudesia, Vikram Rajan, Michael Engelgau, Andrew Moran

Introduction:

This chapter reviews the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) with a view to improving the quality of care. In keeping with the Institute of Medicine’s definition of quality as the “degree to which health services for individuals and population increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge,” the focus here is on studies of specific interventions and measureable health outcomes (Lohr 1990).