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Implementing national guidance on prevention of coronary heart disease: clinical governance and computer simulation modelling

Temple, J. and Fone, David Lawrence 2002. Implementing national guidance on prevention of coronary heart disease: clinical governance and computer simulation modelling. British Journal of Clinical Governance -Bradford- 7 (1) , pp. 27-33. 10.1108/14664100210418002

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Abstract

Standing Medical Advisory Committee (SMAC)guidance for the prevention of coronary heart disease (CHD)and the National Service Framework - Coronary Heart Disease both require the identification of patients at high risk of CHD for targeted treatment with statins. Since the best method of identifying these patients is unkown, we compared population screening with opportunistic case finding in a discrete event computer simulation model of the population aged 45-64 in one local health group in Wales. The main outcome measures were numbers of CHD and all-cause deaths and extra patient years of drug treatment. Screening and case finding were of similar effectiveness in identifying high risk individuals to preven CHD and all-cause mortality during the five years simulated. The extra- patient years of drug treatment required by a population screening programme suggests that screening would not be cost effective. Concludes that opportunistic case finding is the method of choice in primary care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1466-4100
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:48
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/68270

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