OBJECTIVE: At present, the level of care for adult congenital heart disease is not completely satisfactory in many European countries including Italy. The aim of this multicentre study was to evaluate the possibility of creating an active connection among different centres involved in the care of this patient population. METHODS: This study lasted two years, from December 2002 to December 2004. It involved six clinical centres located in the north, centre and south of Italy; a research centre (ISBEM) affiliated to the National Research Centre was also involved. Each centre was supposed to contribute with written information (about their specific subject) on the web site; our target readers were physicians, nurses and patients. The intranet part of the web connection was used for a registry to be filled with very simple information (demographic data, main diagnosis, reason for hospitalisation, type of treatment) about patients hospitalised after January 2000. The aim of the registry was to get a snapshot of the composition of the treated population, and the spectrum of the lesions. RESULTS: The main results are the following: (i) the creation of the web site www.guch-italia.it, which can be accessed without a specific password; (ii) the creation of a registry in which we entered the clinical information of 1231 patients; (iii) the presentation of guidelines on the web site, extrapolated from the recommendations for the management of adults with congenital heart disease from the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Consensus Conference. CONCLUSIONS: With this study we tried to create a national network of centres that have as an objective to optimise the assistance to patients with adult congenital heart disease, trying to make the approach as much homogeneous as possible.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2006|
- Adult congenital heart disease
- Multicentre study
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine