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updated: 23 Jun 2014 author: AHW

Monitoring the incidence of acute coronary events is critical to assess the health and economic burden of coronary heart disease. This working paper uses linked data from Western Australia and New South Wales to assess the central assumptions underlying the proxy measure for estimating the incidence of acute coronary events, in the absence of a heart disease register. This validation study shows that the algorithm may underestimate the incidence of acute coronary events in Australia, but despite this the methodology does provide a reasonable measure of the acute coronary events in Australia.

ISBN 978-1-74249-580-4; Cat. no. CVD 68; 68pp.; $12

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
      • Key findings
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Methods
      • 2.1 Linked data sources
      • 2.2 Data requested
      • 2.3 Linked data preparation
      • 2.4 National unlinked data
    • 3 Analysis and results
      • 3.1 Fatal acute coronary events
      • 3.2 Non-fatal acute coronary events
    • 4 Implications for reporting and monitoring
      • 4.1 Extent of underestimation
      • 4.2 National reporting using the algorithm
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Revision of the algorithm used to estimate the incidence of acute coronary events
      • Appendix B: Methods
      • Appendix C: Summary tables-WA and NSW linked data sets provided to AIHW
      • Appendix D: Supplementary results
      • Appendix E: National Healthcare Agreement indicator PI 09: Incidence of heart attacks
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2014. Acute coronary syndrome: validation of the method used to monitor incidence in Australia. Cat. no. CVD 68. Canberra: AIHW.

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