Temporal Trends in the Utilization of Echocardiography in Ontario, 2001 to 2009 Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The purpose of this study was to examine utilization and growth in echocardiography among the general population of Ontario between 2001 and 2009. The age- and sex-adjusted rates of echocardiography grew from 39.1 per 1,000 persons in 2001 to 59.9 per 1,000 persons in 2009, for an annual rate of increase of 5.5%. Repeat echocardiograms increased at a rate of 10.6% per year and accounted for 25.3% of all procedures in 2009 as compared to 18.5% in 2002. While significant increases in echocardiography utilization were observed, opportunities may exist to improve the clinical utility of the echocardiograms performed in Ontario.

authors

  • Blecker, Saul
  • Bhatia, R Sacha
  • You, John Joon-young
  • Lee, Douglas S
  • Alter, David A
  • Wang, Julie T
  • Wong, Hannah J
  • Tu, Jack V

publication date

  • April 2013