An analysis of the management of cardiovascular risk factors in routine clinical practice in Italy: An overview of the main findings of the EFFECTUS study

Giuliano Tocci, Andrea Ferrucci, Pietro Guida, Angelo Avogaro, Marco Comaschi, Alberto Corsini, Claudio Cortese, Carlo B. Giorda, Enzo Manzato, Gerardo Medea, Gian F. Mureddu, Gabriele Riccardi, Giulio Titta, Giuseppe Ventriglia, Giovanni B. Zito, Massimo Volpe

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Abstract

Cardiovascular diseases represent the leading cause of morbidity and mortality, worldwide. Early detection and appropriate management of cardiovascular risk factors and disease markers in daily clinical practice may improve preventive strategies and reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease.The EFFECTUS (Evaluation of Final Feasible Effect of Control Training and Ultra Sensitisation) programme was an educational programme aimed at evaluating prevalence of major cardiovascular risk factors among outpatients, and preferences and attitudes for cardiovascular disease management among Italian physicians in their routine clinical practice.This article provides an overview of the main findings of different analyses from the EFFECTUS database, which have demonstrated a high prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors, irrespective of the clinical settings and outpatient clinics in which patients were followed. Also, findings from this database suggest that more intensive clinical data recording was paralleled by better adherence to guidelines, and that use of electronic rather than conventional support for clinical data collection and registration improved accuracy in data recording, which translated into better management of patients at risk in daily clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-30
Number of pages12
JournalHigh Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Prevention
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • cardiovascular risk factors
  • cardiovascular risk management
  • diabetes
  • Global cardiovascular risk
  • hypercholesterolaemia
  • hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

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