University of Massachusetts Medical School



Principal Investigator: Catarina I. Kiefe, PhD, MD
Project Director: Richard McManus, MPP, MSW


Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
UMass Medical School
55 Lake Ave North, AC7-053
Worcester, MA 01655

Grant Number: U01HL105268

UMASS Specific Aims


The purpose of the Transitions, Risks, and Actions in Coronary Events Center for Outcomes Research and Education (TRACE-CORE) was to learn more about the experiences of people with cardiovascular disease. To do so, we recruited a new cohort of 2,500 patients from six medical centers in Massachusetts and Georgia who have been hospitalized with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). TRACE-CORE followed-up with these patients prospectively for two years to assess their experiences with medical care, psychosocial factors, and recurrent events.

The data that we collected has been used to accomplish two specific research projects:

  1. The Transitions Project: Developing new understanding about what constitutes a quality transitions from hospital to home.
  2. The Action Scores Project: Developing novel “action scores” that can be used by physicians and patients to better predict risk for future cardiac events, re-hospitalization, quality of life, and death.