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German Chest Pain Unit (CPU)-Register

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: September 9, 2010
Last Update Posted: June 24, 2016
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Stiftung Institut fuer Herzinfarktforschung
The Chest Pain Unit (CPU) register is a nationwide scientific investigation, in which data concerning the hospital-stay within the Chest Pain Unit are documented. Furthermore, a Follow-up via telephone is conducted after 3 months.

Chest Pain

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Deutsches CPU-Register. Unterstützt Durch Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kardiologie.

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Further study details as provided by Stiftung Institut fuer Herzinfarktforschung:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Internal and external validation of the medical care quality in the field of Chest Pain Units [ Time Frame: hospital stay ]
    including benchmark reports and risk adjusted comparisons.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Documentation of CPU complications [ Time Frame: up to 30 hours on average ]
    including mortality, serious but non-fatal complications (e.g. stroke, heavy and moderate bleedings) as well as documentation of the medication at hospital discharge

  • Documentation of long-term mortality and serious but non-fatal complications [ Time Frame: 3 months after discharge ]
    as well as additional hospital admissions and medication

Enrollment: 34470
Study Start Date: December 2008
Study Completion Date: December 2015
Primary Completion Date: December 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

The aim of a Chest Pain Unit (CPU) is to clarify unclear chest pain quickly and specifically. Present data from Germany, the USA and England prove that the organisation models of a CPU lead beside a drastic reduction of mortality also to a cost reduction as well as a shortening of the average inpatient hospital stays.

Therefore it seems reasonable to assign a minimum standard to CPUs. Although there are internationally already standards for CPUs up to complete certification programmes, it is an explicit wish of the German society for cardiology (DGK) to create an own standard which considers on the national circumstances.

The aim of the CPU register is the internal and external validation of the care quality of CPU including Benchmark reports and risk-adjusted comparisons.


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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients admitted to a chest pain unit in a primary care clinic

Inclusion Criteria:

All patients that are admitted to a Chest Pain Unit are included in this register.

Exclusion Criteria:

Missing informed consent (informed consent can NOT be given in the acute phase of the disease, if consciousness is limited at that time; instead the patient will be asked for his consent at a later point of time, when he is fully conscious).

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01197716

Bethanien Krankenhaus
Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stiftung Institut fuer Herzinfarktforschung
Study Chair: Harald Darius, MD Vivantes Klinikum Neukölln
  More Information

Responsible Party: Stiftung Institut fuer Herzinfarktforschung
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01197716     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: German CPU-Register
First Submitted: September 7, 2010
First Posted: September 9, 2010
Last Update Posted: June 24, 2016
Last Verified: June 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by Stiftung Institut fuer Herzinfarktforschung:
Chest Pain Unit
Myocardial infarction
Admission to a Chest Pain Unit for any reason

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Chest Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms