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Unique low-cost intervention can help reduce burden of cardiovascular disease

Published: February 7, 2011
Lisa Dolovich
Lisa Dolovich, an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) today released results of a study evaluating a community-based program developed by McMaster University and the Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute of Ottawa that shows a nine per cent reduction in hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease for seniors in communities where the program was held.

The BMJ article shows how the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) , a unique, low-cost intervention, helped to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease through reductions in blood pressure and other important risk factors.

As part of CHAP, family physicians in 20 mid-sized Ontario communities invited nearly 16,000 patients aged 65 and over to attend risk assessment sessions held at 129 local pharmacies over a 10-week period. More than 500 peer-trained volunteers met with patients, checked their blood pressure, reviewed the warning signs of stroke and heart attack, looked at risk factors and promoted blood pressure control and healthy living. This information was then transferred to the patient's family physician, pharmacist and the patient.

The awareness program was co-developed by Janusz Kaczorowski while at McMaster University and now from the University of British Columbia; Lisa Dolovich, an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University; and Larry W. Chambers of the Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute.

CHAP was funded in part by the Canadian Stroke Network and the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and supported by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, a non-profit research corporation funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Study Article

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