Programme no. 161-P
Quality Improvement
Data capture helps patients with cardiovascular disease recover
Susanne Larsen*1, Jakob Sønderstrup2, Jens Toft3, Dines Sønderstrup4
1GP,Lægehuset i Borup,4140 Borup,Denmark, 2GP,Lægehuset i Borup,4140 Borup,Denmark, 3Medical department,Hospital,4600 Køge,Denmark, 4GP,Lægehuset i Borup,4140 Borup,Denmark
* = Presenting author
Objectives: Data capture can be used to implement and visualise the need for and effect of cholesterol reducing treatment with statins for patients suffering from cardiovascular disease (CVD).

By means of data capture, we have since 2012 been able to visualise the LDL level in our own patient population compared to the national average of the LDL level for CVD patients.

In January 2012 the numbers (figure 1) showed that our CVD patients had a higher percentage of LDL than the national average.

Background: During recent years, the international and national guidelines have recommended increased reduction of the LDL level for patients suffering from CVD and diabetes. In Denmark it is recommended that the LDL level is less than 2,5 mmol/l for patients with CVD and/or diabetes.

Results: LDL-level mmol/l

Cardiovascular patients

Our patient population: National average:

Januar 2012 46%> 2,5 42%> 2,5

August 2012 48%> 2,5 42%> 2,5

December 2012 39%> 2,5 40%> 2,5

August 2013 33%> 2,5 40%> 2,5

August 2014 31%> 2,5 40%> 2,5

Material/Methods: Through a goal-oriented effort among our CVD patients, we have gradually improved their LDL level as shown in figures 1-5.
Conclusion: Data capture is an efficient way of working with quality development in primary health care. It is noticable that the LDL level was improved for all CVD patients in 2013, which may be coinciding with the fact that Zarator lost their patent, and thus atorvastatin became cheap and available for more patients.
Points for discussion: The use of data capture to implement new knowledge