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Bull World Health Organ. 2007 Jun;85(6):432-40.

Can non-physician health-care workers assess and manage cardiovascular risk in primary care?

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World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To ascertain the reliability of applying the WHO Cardiovascular Risk Management Package by non-physician health-care workers (NPHWs) in typical primary health-care settings.

METHODS:

Based on an a priori 80% agreement level between the NPHWs and the "expert" physicians (gold standard), 649 paired (matched) applications of the protocol were obtained for analysis using Kappa statistic and multivariate logit regression.

FINDINGS:

Results indicate over 80% agreement between raters, from moderate to perfect levels of agreement in almost all of the sections in the package. The odds of obtaining a difference between raters and a benchmark are not statistically significant.

CONCLUSION:

Applying the WHO Cardiovascular Risk Management Package, NPHWs can be retrained to reliably and effectively assess and manage cardiovascular risks in primary health-care settings where there are no attending physicians. The package could be a useful tool for scaling up the management of cardiovascular diseases in primary health care.

PMID:
17639240
PMCID:
PMC2636344
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