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Physician noncompliance with the 1993 National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP-ATPII) guidelines.

Authors
  • Frolkis, J P
  • Zyzanski, S J
  • Schwartz, J M
  • Suhan, P S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Circulation
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1998
Volume
98
Issue
9
Pages
851–855
Identifiers
PMID: 9738639
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Physicians are poorly compliant with NCEP guidelines for risk factor assessment and counseling, even in patients at high risk for coronary heart disease. Physicians follow NCEP-ATPII algorithms for obtaining an LDL value, a key step in evaluating the need for treatment, only 50% of the time. NCEP criteria seem to influence the decision to initiate lipid-lowering therapy, but significant numbers of eligible patients remain untreated.

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