Abstract P273: Enhancing Documentation and Control of Lipids in a University-Based Cardiology Clinic
Background: Non-compliance with laboratory appointments, separate from clinic visit appointments, for measuring fasting cholesterol may hinder documentation and control of patients’ lipids.
Methods: A university-based cardiologist’s clinic notes, from a single year (yr 1), when patients were asked to have a fasting cholesterol a week prior to the clinic visit, were analyzed (100 patients). The poor compliance prompted a same day as the clinic visit measurement (fasting or non-fasting) of lipids, for patients who could not comply with their laboratory appointment, during the following year (yr 2; 130 patients). Lipid values were managed by a subsequent call to the patient. All patients had coronary artery disease or risk equivalent mandating LDL levels < 100 mg/dL.
Results: In yr 1, 62% (62/100) of patients had documented lipid profiles compared to 83% (108/130) of patients in yr 2. The average LDL in yr 1 was 115 +/- 36 mg/dL compared with 96 +/- 31 mg/dL in yr 2 (P < 0.01). Only 22% of the patients in yr 1 reached goal of < 100 mg/dL, compared with 65% in yr 2. There were no significant differences in the HDL, TG levels or blood pressures documented during the concurrent visits.
Conclusion: Better documentation and control of lipids may be obtained when lipid profiles are done on clinic visit day, with fewer burdens on the patients who cannot comply with a separate laboratory appointment. Although there were many non-fasting levels as a result, the triglyceride levels where not significantly different among the two groups, probably reflecting an overall more intensive lipid management in yr 2, commensurate with the better documentation. Therefore, as has been shown by others, a lipid profile does not necessarily have to be fasting, especially in patients being treated for stricter targets such as our cohort, which may decrease the burden on patients unable to comply with a fasting state or added clinic visits.
Author Disclosures: K.K. Karumbaiah: None. M.B. Omar: None. B.A. Omar: None.
- © 2014 by American Heart Association, Inc.