Limiting cardiovascular risk in Irish rheumatoid arthritis patients.
AffiliationRheumatology Department, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. firstname.lastname@example.org
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CitationLimiting cardiovascular risk in Irish rheumatoid arthritis patients. 2009, 178 (1):53-5 Ir J Med Sci
JournalIrish journal of medical science
AbstractPatients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death.
Our aims were: (1) to assess how thoroughly RA patients were being screened for cardiovascular risk factors in our outpatient population and (2) to evaluate the benefit of introducing a shared care cardiovascular booklet.
We assessed 80 patients who attend our service with RA. Our initial audit revealed that 80% of patients had not been thoroughly assessed for basic cardiovascular risk. Based on these findings, we created a shared care booklet.
On re-auditing our service, we found a significant improvement in the assessment of cardiovascular risks.
There is currently a low level of screening for cardiovascular risks in busy outpatient clinics. We felt the introduction of a shared care booklet allowed an increased level of screening in our clinics and also acted as a tool for doctor and patient education.