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Clinical Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Friday, November 8, 2013   (0 Comments)
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What is being announced?

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) has released its findings on clinical decision-support systems for prevention of cardiovascular disease. This announcement comes before publication of the scientific articles so that you may use the information to help make decisions about prevention of cardiovascular disease.

What is the Task Force recommendation or other finding?

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends clinical decision-support systems (CDSS) for prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on sufficient evidence of effectiveness in improving screening for CVD risk factors and practices for CVD-related preventive care services, clinical tests, and treatments. Read the full Task Force Finding and Rationale Statement, including implementation issues, potential benefits and harms, and evidence gaps.

What are clinical decision-support systems (CDSS)?

CDSS are computer-based information systems designed to assist healthcare providers implement clinical guidelines at the point of care. CDSS use patient data to provide tailored patient assessments and evidence-based treatment recommendations for healthcare providers to consider. Patient information is entered manually or automatically through an electronic health record (EHR) system. CDSS for cardiovascular disease prevention (CVD) include one or more of the following:

§ Reminders for overdue CVD preventive services including screening for risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol

§ Assessments of patients' risk for developing CVD based on their medical history, symptoms, and clinical test results

§ Recommendations for evidence-based treatments to prevent CVD, including intensification of treatment

§ Recommendations for health behavior changes to discuss with patients such as quitting smoking, increasing physical activity, and reducing excessive salt intake

§ Alerts when indicators for CVD risk factors are not at goal

Why is this recommendation important?

Cardiovascular disease causes one out of every three (approximately 800,000) deaths each year in the U.S.; it is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About half of U.S. adults (49%) have at least one of the three key cardiovascular disease risk factors: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. Annual direct and indirect costs resulting from CVD and stroke in the U.S. are estimated at $312.6 billion.

Who should know about the Task Force recommendation?

The recommendation is potentially useful to healthcare organizations and providers as well as others seeking to improve the delivery of evidence-based care to prevent cardiovascular disease.

What materials are available for me to share with others?

· Sample News Story - Use this ready-to-go story for newsletters and websites, or simply link to it using the following introduction:

The Community Preventive Services Task Force announced that it recommends clinical decision-support systems for prevention of cardiovascular disease.

· Sample Tweets –

o Clinical decision-support systems improve provider practices for cardiovascular disease prevention #TheCommunityGuide

o Evidence supports clinical decision-support systems to improve CVD-related preventive care #TheCommunityGuide

o See #TheCommunityGuide for >210 findings from the Community Preventive Services Task Force

· Content syndication- Post automatically-updated Community Guide content on your website, such as the list of Task Force findings on cardiovascular disease prevention.

· Community Guide Flyer – Use this item as a handout, web link, attachment, or source of wording for materials you develop.

· Descriptions of the Task Force, The Community Guide, and Liaisons (printed below) - Feel free to use the descriptions below in your promotional materials.

What are the Task Force, Community Guide, and Liaisons?

· The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) is an independent, nonfederal, unpaid panel appointed by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose members represent a broad range of research, practice, and policy expertise in community preventive services, public health, health promotion, and disease prevention.

· The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is a collection of all the evidence-based findings and recommendations of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force).

· Liaisons to the Task Force— Many of the nation's leading health practice and research agencies and organizations hold official Liaison status with the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force). They participate in Task Force meetings; serve on systematic review teams; represent the views, concerns, and needs of their organizations and constituents; and disseminate findings to their members and constituents.

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