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

Bulsara, Caroline, Brett, Tom, Radford, Jan, Heal, Clare, Gill, Gerard, Hespe, Charlotte Mary, Vargus-Garcia, Cristian, Li, Ian W., Sullivan, David R., Vickery, Alilstair W., Pang, Jing, Arnold-Reed, Diane, Chan, Dick, and Watts, Gerald F. (2021) Awareness of familial hypercholesterolaemia in Australian primary care: a qualitative descriptive study. Australian Journal of General Practice, 50 (9). pp. 634-640.

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Abstract

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 ID: 69346
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2208-7958
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Copyright Information: © The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2021
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Western Australia Department of Health, Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Ltd, Amgen Australia Pty Ltd
Projects and Grants: NHMRC partnership grant GNT1142883
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2021 01:25
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420605 Preventative health care @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200499 Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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