Clinical reminders attached to echocardiography reports of patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction increase use of beta-blockers: a randomized trial.

@article{Heidenreich2007ClinicalRA,
  title={Clinical reminders attached to echocardiography reports of patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction increase use of beta-blockers: a randomized trial.},
  author={Paul A. Heidenreich and Parisa Gholami and Anju P Sahay and Barry M. Massie and Mary Kane Goldstein},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={2007},
  volume={115 22},
  pages={2829-34}
}
BACKGROUND Although beta-blockers are known to prolong survival for patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction, they are often underused. We hypothesized that a reminder attached to the echocardiography report would increase the use of beta-blockers for patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction. METHODS AND RESULTS We randomized 1546 consecutive patients with a left ventricular ejection fraction <45% found on echocardiography at 1 of 3 laboratories to a reminder… CONTINUE READING