CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING Volume 4 Issue 6

July 19, 2012

The Lancet series on physical activity

July 19, 2012

Source: Lancet, early online, 18th July 2012

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The Lancet has published a series of reports and commentaries on physical activity, the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. Almost one-third of the world’s population is not meeting the minimum recommendations for physical activity. The series reviews global trends and examines evidence-based interventions for promoting physical activity effectively. One article analyses the effect of physical activity on major non-communicable diseases such as coronary heart disease. All the papers are available full-text by registering on the website.

Length of publication: 1 web page plus links

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Lay perspectives on hypertension and drug adherence

July 18, 2012

Source: BMJ, early online, 9th July 2012

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: This systematic review looked at 53 qualitative studies of patients with hypertension. The interviews highlighted patients’ beliefs and understanding of the causes and effects of hypertension and gave some explanation for their non-adherence to drug treatment. The authors concluded that clinicians need to understand better their patients’ concerns about drug side effects and experiences with symptoms.

Length of publication: 16 pages

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Improving blood pressure control through a clinical pharmacist outreach program

July 18, 2012

Source: Circulation, 2012, 125 (23), p. 2863-2872

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: The authors of this study designed a pharmacist-led care management programme to improve blood pressure control among patients with type 2 diabetes who had persistent hypertension. The pharmacists had access to electronic pharmacy prescribing and clinical data systems and promoted adherence by use of motivational interviewing.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Low carbohydrate-high protein diet and incidence of cardiovascular diseases

July 18, 2012

Source: BMJ, early online 26th June 2012

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This Swedish study of over 40,000 women examined the long-term effects of low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets. The participants were followed up for an average of 15 years. The results found that regular use of such diets was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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Measuring outcomes in the Department of Health Commissioning pack for cardiac rehabilitation: final evaluation report

July 13, 2012

Source: NHS Improvement and the National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR)

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This is the final report of pilot studies carried out in seven centres across the UK, documenting their experiences of using the existing NACR audit to produce ‘useful commissioner-focussed information’ to gauge progress and manage performance, as required by the DH Commissioning pack for cardiac rehabilitation.

Length of publication: 34 pages

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NHS Health Check: new Ready Reckoner tools

July 13, 2012

Source: NHS Health Check eBulletin, June 2012

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  The PCT tool identifies the potential service implications, benefits and cost savings resulting from implementing the NHS Health Check programme and has been updated with the latest ONS population data. An additional tool based on Local Authority boundaries has also been developed.

Length of publication: 1 web page plus links to tools

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