CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING VOLUME 2 ISSUE 3

April 16, 2010
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Service organisation for the secondary prevention of ischaemic heart disease

April 14, 2010

Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2010, Issue 3.

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Date of publication: March 2010

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: This Cochrane review assesses the effectiveness of interventions which aim to improve the way in which secondary preventive care is delivered in primary care and in the community. Eleven studies were included in the review, and involved interventions such as regular planned appointments, patient education and the structured monitoring of risk factors and prescribing.

Length of publication: 65 pages

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Acknowledgement: The Cochrane Collaboration


Automated electronic reminders to facilitate primary cardiovascular disease prevention

April 14, 2010

Source: British Journal of General Practice, 2010, 60 (573) p. 137-143

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Date of publication: April 2010

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: A randomised controlled trial involving 19 general practices in England. A system of automated electronic reminders, called E-Nudge, was tested for its effects on cardiovascular events and risk estimation. The study found that electronic reminders can increase the visibility of patients at risk.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Acknowledgement: IngentaConnect


Improving lifestyle and risk perception through patient involvement in nurse-led cardiovascular risk management

April 9, 2010

Source: Preventive medicine, 2010, 50 (1-2) p. 35-44

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Date of publication: January-February 2010

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This study was a cluster-randomised controlled trial involving 25 practices and 615 patients in the Netherlands. An intervention by the practice nurse aimed to involve patients in cardiovascular risk management in order to see if lifestyles improved over the short term. The study showed that patients’ risk perception, anxiety and satisfaction with communication all improved, although lifestyle outcomes did not.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Acknowledgement: ScienceDirect


Continuing to improve cardiac services: Heart Improvement Programme national project summaries 2009/10

April 9, 2010

Source: NHS Improvement

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Date of publication: March 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Describes the areas of activity on which the Heart Improvement Programme has been focused during 2009/10. Outlines examples of ideas that have been successfully tried by commissioners and providers in England.

Length of publication: 24 pages

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Acknowledgement: NHS Improvement – heart eBulletin 8 April 2010


Drive to boost number of students playing sport

April 9, 2010

Source: Sport England

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Date of publication: March 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Sport England have announced £10m funding for an ‘Active Universities’ programme, to promote greater student participation in sport. It is thought half of university undergraduate students gain weight, a third gaining over a stone, and many who have previously participated in sport cease to do so during their student years. This initiative is aimed at removing barriers and encouraging young adults to maintain a healthier, more active lifestyle, for long-term health benefit.

Length of publication: 1 web page

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Acknowledgements: National Heart Forum Weekly e-news briefing 10 March 2010; The Independent 10 March 2010


Health profile of England 2009

April 9, 2010

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: 31 March 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Provides national and regional statistics which may be compared with local data. Shows definite improvements in key areas, also highlights particular challenges and inequalities. International comparisons provide a wider context.

Length of publication: 120 pages

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