The Data Definitions and Quality Indicators project is one of many leading national initiatives of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS). One outcome of this project is the CCS Data Dictionary.

It contains data element definitions that reflect national consensus on definitions in multiple areas of cardiovascular disease, treatment and subspecialty expertise.

If used with other registries across the country, this national set of common data definitions quality indicators will provide

  • Data standards that allow for an apples-to-apples comparison of cardiovascular disease, treatment, care, delivery and outcomes
  • A national and/or regional snapshot of cardiovascular disease prevalence, burden, incidence, patterns of care and outcomes
  • The ability to improve cardiovascular health and care—from prevention and treatment to outcomes

A quick look at the CCS Data Dictionary

There are five chapters in the data dictionary:

  • Core Elements and Demographics
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Coronary Angiography/Revascularization
  • Heart Failure and
  • Artrial Fibrillation

Creating the data dictionary—consensus, review and comment

The CCS Data Dictionary is the work of many volunteer clinical researchers, government departments and agencies from across the country who came together to improve patient care and outcomes. Experts in specialized areas of cardiovascular disease were organized into chapter working groups to examine and reach national consensus on common data elements and definitions and to create a data dictionary that reflects various aspects of cardiovascular disease and treatment.

CIHI provides expertise to several of the working groups as a member on their steering committees and collaborates with CCS by posting the data dictionary on CIHI’s website.

The CCS data dictionary—inclusive of the common data elements and definitions—will be reviewed on a regular basis by the chapter steering committees regarding the information on clinicians, administrators and information system designers.

For more information
Canadian Cardiovascular Society