Multifaceted approach to managing cardiovascular risk proves too complex in practice

STRATEGIES for helping primary care physicians to assess the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in their patients have shown promise, but research published today in the Medical Journal of Australia shows combining several tools in a complex intervention with several moving parts was not effective.

The research, led by The George Institute for Global Health, UNSW Sydney, and involving collaborators across Australia, set out to determine whether a multifaceted primary health care intervention helped control CVD risk factors in patients with high risk better than usual care.

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