We describe the use of a central laboratory to identify patients who may be candidates for a hypercholesterolemia treatment program and to direct their referral into this program.
The laboratory, providing service for 16 medical practices in a rural area of upstate New York, served as the entry point to the treatment program for those patients with serum cholesterol =5.18 mmol/L. This treatment program, designed to follow the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel Guidelines, was provided by the lipid referral center staff, including a registered dietitian and a lipid specialist.
After introduction of this program, 52% of eligible patients received nutritional counseling for hypercholesterolemia, compared with only 29% in usual care settings.
This program represents an enhanced role for laboratories in the implementation of treatment protocols typical of those adopted by managed care networks.
Mots-clés Pascal : Homme, Traitement diététique, Hypercholestérolémie, Métabolisme pathologie, Hyperlipoprotéinémie, Lipide, Cholestérol
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Human, Diet therapy, Hypercholesterolemia, Metabolic diseases, Hyperlipoproteinemia, Lipids, Cholesterol
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Cote : 95-0286458
Code Inist : 002B22A. Création : 01/03/1996.