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Letters Predicting cardiovascular risk

Using risk scores with patients

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 22 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3327
  1. Gary Parkes, general practitioner/researcher1
  1. 1The Limes Surgery, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8EP
  1. parkesko{at}

    Scott focuses on the clinician as decision maker using cardiovascular risk scores.1 However, I and many of my colleagues in general practice use Framingham and QRISK scores not only to decide on the need for primary prevention but also to try to communicate risk to patients, and persuade them to take potentially unpleasant drugs or …

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