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Awareness of familial hypercholesterolaemia in Australian primary care: A qualitative descriptive study


Bulsara, C and Brett, T and Radford, J and Heal, C and Gill, G and Hespe, CM and Vargas-Garcia, C and Li, IW and Sullivan, DR and Vickery, AW and Pang, J and Arnold-Reed, D and Chan, DC and Watts, GF, Awareness of familial hypercholesterolaemia in Australian primary care: A qualitative descriptive study, Australian Journal of General Practice, 50, (9) pp. 634-640. ISSN 2208-7958 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2021

DOI: doi:10.31128/AJGP-04-21-5952


Background and objectives: A lack of public and health professional awareness about familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) leads to an estimated 90,000 Australians remaining undiagnosed. The aim of this study was to establish the level of knowledge and awareness of FH in Australian general practices.

Method: A qualitative descriptive methodology was used to explore baseline knowledge and perceptions of practice staff about diagnosing and managing FH. Overall, 63 interviews were conducted with general practice staff at 15 practices taking part in a National Health and Medical Research Council partnership grant study (GNT1142883).

Results: Data were analysed thematically and coded into themes - knowledge/awareness/recall, management, use of guidelines/referrals, and contacting family members. Most general practitioners treated the high cholesterol component as their primary focus. Guidelines and referrals were rarely used.

Discussion: This research reflected a lack of knowledge, awareness and use of guidelines similar to that shown in other published studies. Improved primary care infrastructure, knowledge and awareness of FH need to be addressed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Familial Hypercholesterolaemia, general practice, preventive healthcare, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, genetic disease, screening
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Prevention of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Radford, J (Professor Jan Radford)
ID Code:146439
Year Published:2021
Funding Support:National Health and Medical Research Council (GNT1142883)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2021-09-07
Last Modified:2022-08-25

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