Costs in general practice

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7065.1143b (Published 02 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1143
  1. Michael Robertson
  1. General practitioner Marcham Road Family Health Centre, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1BT

    EDITOR,—P D P Pharoah and W Hollingworth have calculated the potential costs and benefits of the increased use of statins to prevent deaths from coronary heart disease in a health authority.1 A similar and simpler calculation can be done for the patients of a British general practice.

    The results of the west of Scotland coronary prevention study of pravastatin treatment in men with raised cholesterol concentration showed a headline reduction of 32% in cardiovascular mortality and 22% in all cause mortality after …

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