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An attempt to make lipid-lowering therapy more effective in Hungary. The results of MULTI GAP 2010 and the Plus Program
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Submission date: 2011-05-20
Final revision date: 2011-06-21
Acceptance date: 2011-07-24
Online publication date: 2011-11-08
Publication date: 2011-12-30
Arch Med Sci 2011;7(5):760-765
Introduction: The primary goal of lipid-lowering therapy is the attainment of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) target levels.
Material and methods: The MULTI GAP (MULTI Goal Attainment Problem) 2010 is a part of surveys started a few years ago, in which the lipid results of 1540 patients treated by general practitioners (GPs) and specialists were measured. The data were compared to the results of similar studies involving 15,580 patients between 2004 and 2009.
Results: In 2010 the mean LDL-C level (± SD) of patients treated by GPs was found to be 3.01 ±1.0 mmol/l. The target of 2.50 mmol/l was achieved by 32%, with a mean LDL-C level of 2.84 ±1.0 mmol/l and an achievement rate of 39% in patients treated by specialists. The results of comparisons starting from 2004 showed a marked improvement every year in the beginning, but in the last 3 years stagnation was observed. In 2010 in addition to the MULTI GAP main study, a group of physicians took part in special training called the Plus Program. As a result of this, the LDL-C level was 0.18 mmol/l lower in 114 of the GPs’ patients (p = 0.088) and 0.27 mmol/l (p < 0.0001) lower in 313 of the specialists’ patients, with a significantly better, 42% (p = 0.045) and 50% (p = 0.001), goal attainment rate, respectively.
Conclusions: The 2010 MULTI GAP study shows that the quality of lipid-lowering therapy in Hungary seems to be in stagnation. The results of the PLUS Program suggest that continuous training of doctors is the key to further improvement.
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