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Patient beliefs and attitudes to taking statins: systematic review of qualitative studies.

Authors
  • Ju, Angela1
  • Hanson, Camilla S1
  • Banks, Emily2
  • Korda, Rosemary2
  • Craig, Jonathan C1
  • Usherwood, Tim3
  • MacDonald, Peter4
  • Tong, Allison1
  • 1 Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney; Centre for Kidney Research, the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 2 National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 3 Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney.
  • 4 St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney; Transplantation Research Laboratory, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sydney, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2018
Volume
68
Issue
671
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3399/bjgp18X696365
PMID: 29784867
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

An expectation that statins could prevent CVD and being able to integrate the statin regimen in daily life facilitated acceptance of statins among patients. However, avoiding the 'sick' identity and prolonged dependence on medications, uncertainties about the pharmacological mechanisms, risks to health, side effects, costs, and scepticism about clinicians' motives for prescribing statins were barriers to uptake. Shared decision making that addresses the risks, reasons for prescribing, patient priorities, and implementing strategies to minimise lifestyle intrusion and manage side effects may improve patient satisfaction and continuation of statins.

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