Uptake and detection rate of a stepwise cardiometabolic disease detection program in primary care - A cohort study

Daphne M. Stol, Monika Hollander, Ilse F. Badenbroek, Mark M.J. Nielen, François G. Schellevis, Niek J. De Wit

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Background: Early detection and treatment of cardiometabolic diseases (CMD) in high-risk patients is a promising preventive strategy to anticipate the increasing burden of CMD. The Dutch guideline 'the prevention consultation' provides a framework for stepwise CMD risk assessment and detection in primary care. The aim of this study was to assess the outcome of this program in terms of newly diagnosed CMD. Methods: A cohort study among 30 934 patients, aged 45-70 years without known CMD or CMD risk factors, who were invited for the CMD detection program within 37 general practices. Patients filled out a CMD risk score (step 1), were referred for additional risk profiling in case of high risk (step 2) and received lifestyle advice and (pharmacological) treatment if indicated (step 3). During 1-year follow-up newly diagnosed CMD, prescriptions and abnormal diagnostic tests were assessed. Results: Twelve thousand seven hundred and thirty-eight patients filled out the risk score of which 865, 6665 and 5208 had a low, intermediate and high CMD risk, respectively. One thousand seven hundred and fifty-five high-risk patients consulted the general practitioner, in 346 of whom a new CMD was diagnosed. In an additional 422 patients a new prescription and/or abnormal diagnostic test were found. Conclusions: Implementation of the CMD detection program resulted in a new CMD diagnosis in one-fifth of high-risk patients who attended the practice for completion of their risk profile. However, the potential yield of the program could be higher given the considerable number of additional risk factors - such as elevated glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels - found, requiring active follow-up and presumably treatment in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-484
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean journal of public health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020

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