Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Learning Community In DARTNet

Study Description and Methods

In this two-year observational study, we created a Cardiovascular Risk and Reduction Learning Community consisting of DARTNet care providers and patients. We examined the electronic audit and feedback to see if this reduces major adverse cardiovascular events and their associated health care costs in patients.

Specific Aims and Objectives

The specific aims for this project are:

  1. Form a Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Learning Community;
  2. Use multivariable modeling to define patient- and provider-level factors associated with control of blood pressure and cholesterol;
  3. Develop and implement recurring electronic feedback to DARTNet care providers concerning control of blood pressure and cholesterol;
  4. Survey care providers and other personnel regarding the usefulness of the audit and feedback;
  5. Use prevalence and changes in hypertension and LDL control to calculate sample sizes for a RCT; and
  6. Collaboratively plan and secure support for a RCT to test the efficacy of these interventions in reducing adverse cardiovascular events.

Timeline

We will conduct this study from October 2009 through March 2012.

Status

This project is currently under analysis. See below for key findings and publications.

Contact Information

For additional information about this study, please contact:

Elias Brandt
Research Systems Analyst
AAFP National Research Network
1-800-274-2237, x3177
ebrandt@aafp.org

Key Findings and Publications

Comparative Effectiveness in Antihypertensive Therapeutic Classes and Treatments Strategies in the Initiation of Therapy in Primary Care Patients: A Distributed Ambulatory Research in Therapeutics Network (DARTNet) Study.(10 page PDF) Bronsert MR, Henderson WG, Valuck R, et al. J Am Board Fam Med. 2013;26(5):529-38

 


This project is funded by a grant from National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).