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Type: Journal article
Title: Cardiovascular risk assessment in Australian general practice
Author: Gupta, R.
Stocks, N.
Broadbent, J.
Citation: Australian Family Physician, 2009; 38(5):364-368
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0300-8495
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Ruchi Gupta, Nigel P Stocks and Jessica Broadbent
Abstract: METHODS A self administered postal questionnaire exploring GP attitudes toward CVR assessment and management was sent to a random sample of a quarter of South Australian GPs. These GPs were also asked to estimate the absolute CVR for six clinical case scenarios and to provide an outline of their proposed management plan. RESULTS Most GPs surveyed (63%) used a CVR calculator. In their responses, they said they felt successful at managing patients with medical risk factors that could be treated with medication; when it came to their ability to influence lifestyle risk factors however, they were generally pessimistic. Absolute CVR was more likely to be under- or over-estimated by GPs surveyed than estimated correctly. But when asked to prioritise their management strategies, GPs mainly favoured interventions that could result in meaningful reductions in CVR factors. DISCUSSION A better understanding is needed of how to incorporate CVR calculations into every day clinical practice in a way that both estimates risk accurately and engages and educates patients. Ongoing research into effective GP led interventions that can assist patients to reduce lifestyle risk factors is needed.
Keywords: Humans
Cardiovascular Diseases
Risk Assessment
Physicians, Family
Guideline Adherence
South Australia
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Surveys and Questionnaires
Practice Patterns, Physicians'
Rights: Copyright Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
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