nurses understanding of the effects of statins and promoting public awareness.
Julia Hippisley-Cox and Carol Coupland
British Medical Journal
June 4, 2010
I enjoyed reading the article, “Unintended effects of statins in men
and women in England and Wales: population based cohort study using the
QResearch database” presented in the 20 May, 2010 edition of the British
Medical Journal. The authors described the unintended effects of
medicating patients with statins.
I am a Jamaican working with nursing students in the clinical
setting. Although I have observed that physicians regularly assess
cardiovascular risk and prescribe statins as indicated; I have also noted
that patients are not receiving adequate education regarding side effects.
This may be in part because physicians are fearful of clients refusing the
Nurses, as critical members of the health care team, have an
important role to play in explaining benefits and adverse reactions of
statins to patients. Nurses can also play an important role in counseling
patients regarding other treatment options such as life style improvement.
Competing interests: No competing interests