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      Assessment of Quality Guidelines Implementation Using a Continuous Quality Improvement Programme

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          Background: Data from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) study suggest that the level of implementation of the European Best Practice Guidelines (EBPG) is at best partial. The main aim of this study is to describe the level of implementation of the EBPG in the European Fresenius Medical Care (FME) clinic network. Methods: Data presented in this investigation were gained through the FME database EuCliD® (European Clinical Database). Patient data from 4 countries (Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain) were selected from the EuCliD® database. The parameters chosen were haemodialysis adequacy, biocompatibility, anaemia control and serum phosphate control, which are surrogate indicators for quality of care. They were compared, by country, between the first quarter (Q1) 2002 and the fourth quarter (Q4) 2005. Results: During Q1 2002 and Q4 2005, respectively, a total of 7,067 and 9,232 patients were treated in FME clinics located in France, Italy, Spain and the UK. This study confirms variations in haemodialysis practices between countries as already described by the DOPPS study. A large proportion of patients in each country achieved the targets recommended by the EBPG in Q4 2005 and this represented a significant improvement over the results achieved in Q1 2002. Conclusions: Differences in practices between countries still exist. The FME CQI programme allows some of these differences to be overcome leading to an improvement in the quality of the treatment delivered.

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                Blood Purif
                Blood Purification
                S. Karger AG
                July 2007
                23 March 2007
                : 25
                : 3
                : 221-228
                aFresenius Medical Care UK, Tipton, UK; bFresenius Medical Care Spain, Madrid, Spain; cNephroCare Italy, Naples, Italy; dNephroCare France, Paris, France; eFresenius Medical Care, Bad Homburg, Germany
                101026 Blood Purif 2007;25:221–228
                © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

                Quality guidelines, Dialysis, Quality improvement


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