Clinicians back cardiovascular screening but lack time for it

The majority of GPs support cardiovascular (CV) screening guidelines, but few carry it out because of time restrictions, survey findings reveal.

A survey of 404 GPs in England showed that just one in 10 implemented Joint British Societies (JBS2) and NICE guidelines to screen over 40s for CV risk factors.

This is despite a sub-study of 249 GPs showing that 91 per cent view JBS2 guidance to be important for good clinical practice.

Of the 404 GPs questioned, time was perceived to be the biggest restriction to CV screening, followed by achieving patient appointments, administration costs and a lack of specific reimbursement.

Moreover, 57 per cent of GPs said that inclusion in the quality framework was the best way of ensuring comprehensive CV screening.

The survey was commissioned by the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS), Primary Care Diabetes Society and the cholesterol charity Heart UK.

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

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