Patient Registries – a powerful tool for improving quality of care

A clear example of the power of Swedish patient registries comes from a study published in 2014 in The Lancet. Short-time survival over a six-year period (2004 – 2010) in all Swedish (390 000 patients) vs. UK patients (120 000 patients) treated for myocardial infarction was studied. There were distinct differences in patient care modalities between the countries and mortality was 30 percent lower 30 days after a heart attack in Swedish patients compared to UK patients. The data suggest that the difference in mortality can be attributed to the quality of Swedish cardiac care being higher and more consistent.