Valentina Prevolnik Rupel, Renata Erker and Marko Divjak
/benefits for the patients, but with careful consideration and only in absolute need. This also contributes to the prevention of the overuse of ICDs, which might have considerate negative impacts on health and life-quality if decisions are not in line with professional standards.
To sum up, it can be concluded that economic development (e.g. measured in GDPpercapita) to a certain extent predicts the crude utilisation rates of CIEDs; however, the size of the effect is hard to identify as the available data in HD database is incomplete and unreliable. Hence, we recommend