Quality of Care of Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease in Swiss Primary Care
DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2017.0516–0520german translation / full article
Summary: This article presents a doctoral thesis reporting on the aspects of quality of care of patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in Swiss primary care. It was a crosssectional study including 1290 patients 18 years suffering from PAD and being treated by 156 primary care practitioners. The achievement of two quality indicators borrowed from the English Quality and Outcomes-Framework was analyzed. The first indicator demanding a blood pressure 150/90 mmHg was met by 81.5 % of the patients. The second indicator demanding a prescription of antiplatelet drugs was met by 37.4 % of the patients. The article discusses these results and points out weaknesses of quality monitoring in PAD treatment.