Gps' views of absolute cardiovascular risk and its role in primary prevention

Donna Torley, Nicholas Zwar, Elizabeth J. Comino, Mark Harris

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Abstract

Background: Clinical guidelines recommend using absolute risk to inform clinical decisions in cardiovascular disease prevention. Absolute risk assessment tools have been disseminated to general practitioners, however current use and knowledge of this is approach among GPs is unknown. Method: Transcribed audiotapes of focus groups with 36 GPs, analysed for key themes. Results: The GPs said absolute cardiovascular risk assessment tools were used largely as an aid to patient education rather than an influence on management, for which the concept was poorly understood. Barriers to their use included poor computer software, inconsistency with regulations over the use of lipid lowering agents, and fears patients would not understand the concepts. Discussion: To encourage the implementation of absolute risk tools in cardiovascular disease prevention, and GP education. Attitudes and systematic barriers to their use by GPs need to be addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-505
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian Family Physician
Volume34
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Torley, Donna ; Zwar, Nicholas ; Comino, Elizabeth J. ; Harris, Mark. / Gps' views of absolute cardiovascular risk and its role in primary prevention. In: Australian Family Physician. 2005 ; Vol. 34, No. 6. pp. 503-505.
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In: Australian Family Physician, Vol. 34, No. 6, 01.12.2005, p. 503-505.

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