Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 39, Issue 12, December 2010

Cardiovascular absolute risk assessment and management Engagement and outcomes in general practice patients

Qing Wan Sanjyot Vagholkar Terry Campbell Nicholas A Zwar Mark F Harris
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To explore patients’ engagement and outcomes in cardiovascular absolute risk assessment and management in general practice.
The study demonstrates that a feasible intervention for cardiovascular absolute risk assessment and management in primary care settings had a positive effect on patient attitudes and engagement in their own care for heart risk.
Patient self assessment of risk before consultation helped to motivate and reinforce patient self care and to prompt GPs to initiate risk discussion. General practitioners’ use of a cardiovascular absolute risk calculator as an aid in making decisions and in negotiating and sharing care with patients helped engage patients during the consultations and motivate them to change their behaviours. Cardiovascular absolute risk consultations improved patients’ understanding and awareness of cardiovascular disease risk and self management in the short term.

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