Research published in the Medical Journal of Australia found out that 4 out of 10 people with cardiovascular disease are not given the proper prescription.
Association Professor Charlotte Hespe, lead author of the research said that the findings are disappointing.
She said that there could be room for improvement when it comes to CVD management. However, she did not expect to obtain these kinds of results.
They examined how the 2012 Guidelines for the management of Absolute cardiovascular disease risk was implemented. Primarily, the results indicate that primary care management is suboptimal.
The absolute risk assessment approach did not improve at all in adherence to the management guidelines.
Associate Prof. Hespe said that there could be a combination of factors leading to this result, wherein patients and doctors alike play their respective roles in such.
Medication prescription is the main issue with this matter. Changes in how GPs deliver prescriptions influence greatly the way patients receive the proper, guideline-adhering CVD medications.
Associate Prof. Hespe said that GPs should be leaning towards giving a more person-centered approach and management.
CVD remains the leading cause of death in the country.
Aside from the research’s reassertion of GP’s essential role, it also outlined how the health system could greatly affect the progress.
Associate Prof. Hespe said that the main issue would be the system. The lack of financial incentive is the leading cause. If the system would supply the needs of GPs in managing multimorbidity, they could be heading in the right direction.