Statins: who, when and how?
Review your approach to the use of statins in the context of cardiovascular (CV) risk, and the assessment and management of suspected statin-associated muscle symptoms.
Almost 1 million Australians aged 45–74 years, who are at high cardiovascular (CV) risk, are not prescribed lipid-modifying and BP-lowering medicines as recommended.
This Clinical e-Audit will help you reflect on the individual management of your patients by guiding you to identify:
- Who would benefit most from statin treatment
- When to start statin treatment and the importance of CV risk assessment in the decision
- How to implement a systematic approach to improve adherence, and assess and manage suspected statin-associated adverse effects.
Our Clinical e-Audits are free quality improvement activities that help GPs review their current prescribing practice for patients with certain conditions, compared with current best practice guidelines.
- completing electronic data collection for 10 patients
- securely submitting de-identified data online
- receiving immediate patient-specific feedback to assist implementation of changes to practice
- reviewing individual and peer feedback results based on best practice clinical indicators
- recording progress of individual patients automatically identified for review
- reflecting on improvements in practice.
Participation in this activity will assist you to:
- recognise the importance of managing lipid levels in the context of absolute CV risk
- outline ways to optimise statin treatment to achieve lipid targets
- implement a systematic approach to manage, and assess adverse effects of statins
- identify strategies to improve adherence to lipid-modifying treatment and ensure an adequate trial
- describe when to add a second lipid-modifying medicine to treatment, based on guidelines.
- have access to a summary of best practice recommendations
- receive practical advice to provide to your patients
- create a management plan for each patient
- receive immediate feedback and be able to compare your results with those of your peers.