Screening for hypercholesterolemia in family practice

Syed Mansoor Ahmed, The University of Texas School of Public Health


The purpose of this study was twofold: (1) To see if there was any difference in screening for hypercholesterolemia in a Family Practice setting after two national recommendations of 1985 and 1988. (2) To see if presence of coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors e.g. smoking, hypertension, family history of heart disease, diabetes mellitus, and obesity influenced screening for hypercholesterolemia. A retrospective chart auditing was done at the Baylor College of Medicine, Family Practice Center, Houston for the years of 1985, 1986 and 1989. Statistically significant improvement in screening was observed in 1989 (after the second NCEP recommendations of 1988) compared to 1986 data (after the first national recommendations of 1985). But the proportion of target population screened (about 35%) was still far below the NCEP recommendations. Probably due to the small number of patients with CHD risk factors, no significant statistical differences were found in screening for hypercholesterolemia in 1985, 1986 and 1989 in patients with any CHD risk factor.

Subject Area

Surgery|Health education|Public health

Recommended Citation

Ahmed, Syed Mansoor, "Screening for hypercholesterolemia in family practice" (1990). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI9109985.