November 15, 2012

Mail That’s Good for Your Health

1 Mailing Test Results Ups Cholesterol Drug Use

A study involving 29 doctors and 435 patients at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CV) found that mailing their assessments to them increased the use of drugs to lower their cholesterol, a risk factor of CV disease. Researchers selected patients that were not being taking drugs for elevated cholesterol. Twenty-two percent of those that got letters after their doctors were notified of their risk, known as the intervention group, saw a significant reduction in cholesterol compared to only 16.1 percent of those who did not. While researchers saw an improvement in the intervention group, they felt more could be done. Another study in progress is trying to determine if a letter plus a telephone call will give people that extra motivation to take steps to lower their cholesterol levels.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Kids Should Have Cholesterol Tests

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Cholesterol Lowering Drugs, High Cholesterol, Test Results, Risk Assessments

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