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Implementing guidelines to routinely prevent chronic vascular disease in primary care: The preventive evidence into practice cluster randomised controlled trial
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  • Mark Fort Harris, University of New South Wales Australia
  • Sharon Parker, University of New South Wales
  • John Litt, Flinders University
  • Mieke van Driel, University of Queensland
  • Grant Russell, Monash University
  • Danielle Mazza, Monash University
  • Upali Jayasinghe, University of New South Wales
  • Chris del Mar, Bond University
  • Jane Lloyd, University of New South Wales
  • Jane W Smith, Bond University
  • Nick Zwar, University of New South Wales
  • Richard Taylor, The University of New South Wales
  • Gawaine Powell Davies, University of New South Wales Australia
Date of this Version
12-11-2015
Document Type
Journal Article
Grant Number
NHMRC of Australia under a Partnership Grant (grant number 568979). Funding was also provided from the RACGP, the Heart Foundation and Bupa Health Foundation
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Harris, M. F., Parker, S., Litt, J., van Driel, M., Russell, G., Mazza, D., Jayasinghe, U. W., del Mar, C., Lloyd, J., Smith, J., Zwar, N., Taylor, R., & Davies, G. P. (2015). Implementing guidelines to routinely prevent chronic vascular disease in primary care: The preventive evidence into practice cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Group,5 (12), e009397.

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Abstract
Objective To evaluate an intervention to improve implementation of guidelines for the prevention of chronic vascular disease. Setting 32 urban general practices in 4 Australian states. Randomisation Stratified randomisation of practices. Participants 122 general practitioners (GPs) and practice nurses (PNs) were recruited at baseline and 97 continued to 12 months. 21 848 patient records were audited for those aged 40–69 years who attended the practice in the previous 12 months without heart disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic renal disease, cognitive impairment or severe mental illness. Intervention The practice level intervention over 6 months included small group training of practice staff, feedback on audited performance, practice facilitation visits and provision of patient education and referral information. Outcome measures Primary: 1. Change in proportion of patients aged 40–69 years with smoking status, alcohol intake, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), blood pressure (BP) recorded and for those aged 45–69 years with lipids, fasting blood glucose and cardiovascular risk in the medical record. 2. Change in the level of risk for each factor. Secondary change in self-reported frequency and confidence of GPs and PNs in assessment. Results Risk recording improved in the intervention but not the control group for WC (OR 2.52 (95% CI 1.30 to 4.91)), alcohol consumption (OR 2.19 (CI 1.04 to 4.64)), smoking status (OR 2.24 (1.17 to 4.29)) and cardiovascular risk (OR 1.50 (1.04 to 2.18)). There was no change in recording of BP, lipids, glucose or BMI and no significant change in the level of risk factors based on audit data. The confidence but not reported practices of GPs and PNs in the intervention group improved in the assessment of some risk factors. Conclusions This intervention was associated with improved recording of some risk factors but no change in the level of risk at the follow-up audit.
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Mark Fort Harris, Sharon Parker, John Litt, Mieke van Driel, et al.. "Implementing guidelines to routinely prevent chronic vascular disease in primary care: The preventive evidence into practice cluster randomised controlled trial" BMJ Group Vol. 5 Iss. e009397 (2015) p. 1 - 12 ISSN: 2044-6055
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