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Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil. 2007 Feb;14(1):149-51.

To what extent do patients in general practice reach guideline lipid-lowering treatment goals?

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Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology Section, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

We assessed the extent to which the 1998 European guideline goals were reached among patients on statin treatment.

DESIGN:

A cross-sectional study.

METHODS:

A total of 683 consecutive patients on statin treatment were recruited from 48 primary healthcare centres all over Sweden. Serum lipid levels and possible goal-reaching determinants were registered.

RESULTS:

The treatment goal for total cholesterol was met in 55% of patients and for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in 60% of patients. Male sex and a history of diabetes mellitus or cardiovascular disease increased the likelihood of meeting treatment goals.

CONCLUSIONS:

More than half of statin-treated Swedish primary care patients reached the treatment goals.

PMID:
17301641
DOI:
10.1097/HJR.0b013e3280125485
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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