Computerized community cholesterol control (4C): meeting the challenge of secondary prevention. Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • BACKGROUND: Dyslipidemia remains underdiagnosed and undertreated in patients with coronary artery disease. The Computer-based Clinical Decision Support System provides an opportunity t close these gaps. OBJECTIVES: To study the impact of computerized intervention on secondary prevention of CAD. METHODS: The CDSS was programmed to automatically detect patients with CAD and to evaluate the availability of an updated lipoprotein profile and treatment with lipid-lowering drugs. The program produced automatic computer-generated monitoring and treatment recommendations. Adjusted primary clinics were randomly assigned to intervention (n= 56) or standard care arms (n= 56). Reminders were mailed to the primary medical teams in the intervention arm every 4 months updating them with current lipid levels and recommendations for further treatment. Compliance and …

publication date

  • January 1, 2009