English info

In this section we present you with an English summary about Meetbaar Beter. At the bottom of this section you will find a link to both the Meetbaar Beter Book 2016 and the document Indicator Sets Meetbaar Beter 2015.

Meetbaar Beter is a unique initiative in the Netherlands that aims to improve quality and transparency of care for patients with heart diseases by measuring limited patient-relevant outcome measures. What started as an initiative of two Dutch heart centers in 2012, has become a national foundation counting 14 out of 16 Dutch participating heart centers in 2015. And over the past two years, 7 intervention centers also joined.

Starting point for Meetbaar Beter is the selection of patient-relevant outcomes measures by physicians in a scientifically responsible way based on the Value Based Healthcare theory of Prof. Porter of Harvard Business School. Firstly, these outcomes measures form the basis of transparent reporting to patients, government and health insurance companies. Secondly, transparent publication of results are used as essential insights for doctors to further improve care delivery. By sharing relevant insights and selection of outcomes-based best practices, Meetbaar Beter facilitates an open learning environment for healthcare professionals.

One of the key features of Meetbaar Beter is that it is a physician-driven initiative. Indicator sets are compiled and maintained by outcomes teams of physicians, and the Meetbaar Beter Foundation is managed by physicians as both the board of directors and the advisory board contain only physicians as members. All heart centers voluntarily commit to participate. Therefore, ownership of Meetbaar Beter will remain with the physician at all times.

Meetbaar Beter is continuously working to further improve the use of outcome measures to create better insight in quality of care and better facilitate outcome-based improvements.  Regarding the methodology, Meetbaar Beter developed and implemented an annual maintenance cycle to periodically execute the necessary modification to the existing sets of outcome measures and initial conditions. Right now, Meetbaar Beter is further developing its role as a platform for identifying and sharing best practices between the heart centers. In order to better facilitate the participating heart centers, Meetbaar Beter is building an international network of leading organizations in healthcare regarding the implementation of Value Based Healthcare.

Meetbaar Beter is supported by an independent International Academic Advisory Council consisting of 25 medical and methodology experts and a national stakeholder sounding board including representatives from the government, the Dutch patient group and health insurance companies.

In 2016, Meetbaar Beter published the health outcomes for the following main cardiovascular medical conditions, covering the results of health care of over 150,000 patients with heart diseases:

Coronary artery disease

  • Consolidated coronary artery disease
  • Coronary bypass surgery
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention
  • Conservative treatment

Atrial fibrillation

  • Consolidated atrial fibrillation
  • Minimally invasive surgical pulmonary vein isolation
  • Catheter pulmonary vein isolation

Aortic valve disease

  • Consolidated aortic valve disease
  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Transcatheter aortic valve implantation
  • Conservative treatment

Combined aortic valve disease and coronary artery disease

  • CABG + AVR

Mitral valve disease

  • Surgial treatment for mitral valve disease

Click on the image below for the Meetbaar Beter Book 2016.



 Click on the image below for the Meetbaar Beter Book 2015.


Click on the image below for the Indicator sets Meetbaar Beter document.

Meetbaar Beter Indicator Sets 2015

If you have any questions about Meetbaar Beter please send a mail to info@meetbaarbeter.com.

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