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Table 2 Process of care indicators

From: Comparison of primary care models in the prevention of cardiovascular disease - a cross sectional study

Area of care Process of care Indicator* Eligible patients** Description
Dyslipidemia Lipid profile All patients Method of measuring blood cholesterol levels
  Lipid lowering drug Dyslipidemia Prescribed to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol ('bad' cholesterol)
Diabetes 2 Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) tests Diabetes Measures average blood sugar level over past 3-4 months
Chronic kidney disease Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) Chronic kidney disease Used to assess kidney function
Hypertension 2 blood pressure measures Hypertension Hypertension is a risk factor for heart disease & stroke
  Anti-hypertensive drug   Taken to reduce blood pressure i.e. ACE Inhibitors, Beta Blockers
Weight Waist circumference measure All patients Waistline is a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease-related risk factors, all cause mortality, and Type II diabetes
  Smoking cessation advice   
Smoking cessation Smoking cessation program referral Smokers Physician advice and cessation programs strongly impact patient smoking status
  Smoking cessation drug therapy   i.e. Nicotine replacement therapies
  1. *Was the following process of care indicator discussed/recommended/performed during the past 12 months for this patient ** The eligibility for recommended processes of care varies for each patient depending on current diagnoses. For example, monitoring HbA1c twice within a year is only recommended for patients with diabetes.