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Tailoring lipid management interventions to reduce inequalities in cardiovascular risks and improve outcomes in deprived communities

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Tailoring lipid management interventions to reduce inequalities in cardiovascular risks and improve outcomes in deprived communities

Project summary

This study aims to develop a tailored intervention aiming to optimise lipid management in primary care settings to help reduce inequalities in cardiovascular disease (CVD)risks and improve outcomes in deprived communities. It is a joint project between the NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria, and the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) North East and North Cumbria.

It involves a mixed methods approach consisting of four work packages:

WP1: A rapid review and logic model to examine relevant interventions and associated effects.

WP2: Quantitative assessment and comparison of CVD risk management for deprived with non-deprived populations to England overall, before and during COVID-19.

WP3: Interviews with health professionals who are involved in the organisation and delivery of routine lipid management to deprived populations, to understand their needs and challenges for the implementation and delivery of current lipid management.

WP4: Intervention development using evidence generated by WPs1-3, which will be reviewed and assessed by the project advisory group to reach a consensus. Training and skills development materials will also be developed as needed.

Project update

  • Ethics approval has been obtained from the Faculty of Medical Sciences Research Ethics Committee at Newcastle University.
  • The protocol paper has been accepted by the BMJ Open (in press).
  • WP1 has been listed as a Master’s Student Project, which has been taken by a student from the MRes Ageing and Health Programme. The British Medical Bulletin has commissioned a review paper.
  • WP2 has been completed using publicly accessible datasets. A paper has been prepared to compare CVD risk management for deprived with non-deprived populations in Northern England to England overall.
  • WP3 interviews with Deep End practitioners are ongoing.

People involved

  • Dr Yu Fu
  • Professor Julia Newton
  • Professor Paula Whitty