Relationship between practice organization and cardiovascular risk factor recording in general practice

Bernard B van Drenth, Marlies E. J. L. Hulscher, J C van der Wouden, H.G.A. Mokkink, C Van Weel, Richard P T M Grol

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BACKGROUND: Research findings suggest that the level of cardiovascular risk factor recording in general practice is not yet optimal. Several studies indicate a relation between the organization of cardiovascular disease prevention at practice level and cardiovascular risk factor recording.

AIM: To explore the relation between the organization of cardiovascular disease prevention and risk factor recording in general practice.

METHOD: A cross-sectional study was conducted using data on adherence to selected practice guidelines and on cardiovascular risk factor recording from 95 general practices. Practice guidelines were developed beforehand in a consensus procedure. Adherence was assessed by means of a questionnaire and practice observations. Risk factor recording was assessed by an audit of 50 medical records per practice.

RESULTS: Factor analysis of risk factor recording revealed three dimensions explaining 76% of the variance: recording of health-related behaviour, recording of clinical parameters, and recording of medical background parameters. Adherence to the guideline 'proactively invite patients to attend for assessment of cardiovascular risk' was related to a higher recording level in all three dimensions. Practice characteristics did not show a consistent relationship to the level of risk factor recording.

CONCLUSION: This study indicates that the presence of a system of proactive invitation was related to the recording of cardiovascular risk factors in medical records in general practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1054-8
Number of pages5
JournalBritish journal of general practice
Issue number428
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult
  • Cardiovascular Diseases/prevention & control
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Family Practice
  • Humans
  • Medical Records
  • Middle Aged
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Risk Factors

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