The Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) is strongly committed to improving the quality of cardiovascular care across Canada through evidence-based health system transformation. In addition to its six sets of cardiovascular quality indicators, the CCS has also published a number of quality reports, policy papers and feasibility assessments to help enable pan-Canadian cardiovascular quality measurement and reporting.

The Cardiac Care Quality Indicators Report (2017), released jointly by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS), compares pan-Canadian information on mortality and readmission outcomes for Cardiac Surgery and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) at the national, provincial and cardiac care centre levels.

Most recently, CIHI and the CCS released a data update based on the most recent three years of pooled data (2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017). As a complement to this update, commentaries on the Cardiac Surgery outcomes and PCI outcomes have been released by the CCS Quality Project’s expert working groups to highlight its impact.  

National Quality Reports

CCS National Quality Report TAVI

The National Quality Report: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (2016) is the first-ever pan-Canadian snapshot of TAVI care. The goal of the report was to provide evidence-based findings to catalyze local, regional and national quality improvement; to support patients’ access to appropriate, high-quality care; and to foster a national strategy to optimize patient outcomes, health service utilization and access to treatment.



Key Publications of Interest

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Quality of Cardiac Care in Canada: Recommendations for Building a Sustainable Future, Young et al., 2018

The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) Quality Report: A call to arms for improving quality in Canada, Asgar et al.


The impacts of public reporting and benchmarking in cardiac care: A rapid update of the literature, Institute of Health Economics


Why We Need More and Better Cardiovascular Disease Quality Indicators, Cox et al., 2016

Quality of Care for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Development of Canadian Cardiovascular Society Quality Indicators, Quraishi et coll., 2016


The Development and Feasibility Assessment of Canadian Quality Indicators for Atrial Fibrillation, Cox et al., 2015

Canadian Cardiovascular Society quality indicators for heart failure, McKelvie et al., 2015

Quality of Care for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation: Development of Canadian Cardiovascular Society Quality Indicators, Asgar et al., 2015

Feasibility of Assessing 2 Cardiac Rehabilitation Quality Indicators. Grace et al., 2015


Pan-Canadian Development of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Quality Indicators Grace et al., 2014

The Quality of Cardiac Rehabilitation in Canada: A Report of the Canadian Cardiac Rehab Registry, Grace et al., 2014


Improving Coronary Intensive Care Unit Performance on Meeting Canadian Quality Indicators on Acute Coronary Syndrome and Congestive Heart Failure Chun et al., 2013


Pan-Canadian Cardiovascular Data Definitions and Quality Indicators: A Status Update Johnstone et al., 2012

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Achieving Consensus on data definitions and quality indicators in Canada O’Neill, 2012

International Environmental Scan of Quality Indicators for Cardiovascular Care Abrahamyan et al., 2012


Best Practices for Developing Cardiovascular Quality Indicators Tu et al., 2011

Working Together to Develop Common Data Standards for Cardiovascular Databases in Canada Davies et al., 2011

Achieving Quality Indicator Benchmarks and Potential Impact on Coronary Heart Disease Mortality Wijeysundera et al., 2011


Cardiac Quality Indicators Key Informant Survey Canadian Cardiovascular Society, 2010

Pan-Canadian Data Definitions Background Paper Buller et al., 2010

Evaluation of Canadian, American and International Cardiovascular Registries Zhang et al., 2010

Benefits and Expected Outcomes of the Pan-Canadian Data Definitions and Quality Indicators Projects Kerr, 2010