Barriers to Non-HDL Cholesterol Goal Attainment by Providers

ArticleinThe American journal of medicine 124(9):876-80.e2 · September 2011with11 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2011.02.012 · Source: PubMed
Despite improvements in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol goal attainment, non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C) goal attainment remains poor. This study assessed providers' knowledge of, attitude toward, and practice regarding non-HDL-C. Based on a conceptual model, we designed a questionnaire that was administered to internal medicine, family practice, cardiology, and endocrinology providers attending continuous medical education conferences. Responses were compared with those of providers attending a clinical lipidology conference. The response rate was 33.3% (354/1063). Among providers attending nonlipidology conferences, only 26% knew that non-HDL-C was a secondary treatment target, 34% knew non-HDL-C treatment goals, 56% could calculate non-HDL-C levels, and 66% knew that non-HDL-C levels could be calculated from a standard lipid panel. Compared with providers attending the lipidology conference, the other providers were less likely (P≤.01) to have read the Adult Treatment Panel III guidelines (46% vs 98%) or to use non-HDL-C (36% vs 91%). No differences were found between primary care and specialty providers. Lack of familiarity with Adult Treatment Panel III guidelines (34%) and of knowledge regarding non-HDL-C importance (21%) and calculation (22.7%) were the most common barriers identified. Major gaps remain in providers' awareness regarding non-HDL-C definition, calculation, and goals. System-level interventions are needed across specialties to address these gaps.
    • "More recently, there have been reports of suboptimal achievement of the combined LDL-C and non-HDL-C goal in hypertriglyceridemic and high-risk patients [10,11] . This may be partly due to lack of awareness of the non-HDL-C goal [10,12], but there may also be variability in the effectiveness of different lipid-lowering treatments on non-HDL-C. The aim of the present analysis was to evaluate whether there are differences between statins in their ability to help patients to reach combined LDL-C and non-HDL-C goals using the VOYAGER (an indi- Vidual patient data meta-analysis Of statin therapY in At risk Groups: Effects of rosuvastatin, atorvastatin and simvastatin) meta-analysis database. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Guidelines suggest that the combination of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C) is the most clinically relevant goal for lipid-lowering treatments.Methods Data from VOYAGER, an individual patient data meta-analysis including 32,258 patients from 37 clinical trials, was used to determine the percentage of patients reaching combined goals of LDL-C and non-HDL-C following treatment with simvastatin, atorvastatin, or rosuvastatin. Paired comparisons were made between each dose of rosuvastatin and the same or higher doses of simvastatin and atorvastatin.ResultsEach dose of rosuvastatin brought significantly more patients to the combined goal of LDL-C < 100 mg/dL and non-HDL-C < 130 mg/dL than the same or double dose of atorvastatin; atorvastatin 80 mg was significantly superior to rosuvastatin 10 mg (all p < 0.001). Each dose of rosuvastatin helped significantly more patients reach the combined goal than any dose of simvastatin (all p < 0.001), except for rosuvastatin 10 mg versus simvastatin 80 mg (non-significant). Also, each dose of rosuvastatin helped significantly more patients to reach the combined goal of LDL-C < 70 mg/dL and non-HDL-C < 100 mg/dL than the same or double dose of atorvastatin (all p < 0.001). Every dose of rosuvastatin was significantly superior to all doses of simvastatin (all p ≤ 0.020), except for rosuvastatin 10 mg versus simvastatin 40 mg and 80 mg (non-significant).Conclusions Physicians' choice of statin and dose is important in helping patients achieve the combined LDL-C and non-HDL-C goals recommended in established guidelines.
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    • "Additionally, it is generally accepted that patients with T2DM and CAD belong to very high-risk group in practice, among patients with diagnosed T2DM, we only enrolled patients with stable CAD to minimize the influence of unstable disease condition on the lipid levels. However, we did not evaluate the attainment of non-HDL-C goals in this study, which should not be ignored in the control of total cardiovascular risk in real-world settings [23,24]. "
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