PRIMROSE Study

76 GP practices (5 in Eastern) and 327 participants were involved in a cluster-randomised trial aiming to evaluate the effects of a primary care intervention on decreasing total cholesterol concentrations and cardiovascular disease risk. The Primrose intervention consisted of up to 12 monthly appointments with a trained primary care professional who delivered manualised interventions for cardiovascular disease prevention (i.e. adherence to statins, improving diet and physical activity levels, reducing alcohol intake or quitting smoking) compared to usual care. Although total cholesterol concentration at 12 months did not differ between the groups, the association between the Primrose intervention and fewer psychiatric admissions, with potential cost-effectiveness, might be important. Study findings have been published in The Lancet (Jan 2018).



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