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Controlled trial of effect of documented cardiovascular risk scores on prescribing

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7383.251 (Published 01 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:251
  1. L M L Hall, medical student,
  2. R T Jung, consultant,
  3. G P Leese (graham.leese@tuht.scot.nhs.uk), consultant
  1. Diabetes Centre, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee DD1 9SY
  1. Correspondence to: G P Leese
  • Accepted 18 April 2002

Cardiovascular disease causes the death of around 80% of patients with type 2 diabetes.1 However, risk factors for cardiovascular disease in such patients are often untreated2 despite the proved benefits of intervention. 3 4 One way to help clinicians identify patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease is to use cardiovascular primary prevention risk tables. These tables integrate the multiple risk factors into a single score. We did a pilot study to test the hypothesis that documentation of a cardiovascular risk score in the case notes would improve the management of cardiovascular risk factors.

Participants, methods, and results

We recruited patients with type 2 diabetes who had no history of cardiovascular disease or renal disease. All patients were aged 35–75 years and attending a hospital …

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