How well are people with coronary heart disease managed in primary care?

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Coronary heart disease remains (CHD) one of the leading causes of death and disability in the Australian population. 

Despite decades of advances in treatment for CHD, a significant number of people who've survived having a heart attack are at high risk of having another, potentially deadly, one. 

One of the reasons for this may be that in general practice, individuals with CHD are not having important vascular risk factors (such as blood pressure and blood cholesterol) managed according to the recommendations outlined in clinical guidelines for the prevention and management of CHD. 

In this study, we will use a rich and unique national general practice (MedicineInsight) database to look at how well Australian adults with a history of CHD are treated in general practice. 

This study will also look at whether there are any important differences in the level of treatment depending on which part of Australia you live in and other important considerations such as age and socioeconomic background. 

By doing so, we will be able to better inform general practitioners on what they could be doing better in terms of managing their patients who are at high risk of dying from heart disease. We will also be able to calculate how much the healthcare system would save in terms of hospital readmissions and other important outcomes, if individuals with heart disease are managed according to current clinical guidelines.

Researcher Profile

Professor Rachel Huxley

Institute: La Trobe University
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