Opportunities - Development of an online cholesterol management pathway

Development of an online cholesterol management pathway

University of Calgary

 

Background

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is highly present in Canada and is the leading cause of death in women. High cholesterol, known as dyslipidemia, is a cause of CVD and is very common affecting 1 in 3 Canadian adults. It can be managed, and corrected with effective, safe, and inexpensive treatment such as statins. Our team has demonstrated that over 70% of patients who could benefit from statins are not taking them and 50% are not adherent.

 

Previous work looked at barriers and facilitators for statin use. Patients expressed that education and patient centred resources would encourage the use of statins. Physicians described similar strategies to encourage statin use. Shared decision making with a clinical decision support pathway was welcomed by both physicians and patients.


A clinical design support pathway provides people (patients), physicians, and other care team members information to make an informed decision. To date, no such clinical decision pathway for dyslipidemia exists. Such pathways have been welcomed for diabetes and other chronic diseases such as chronic kidney disease (CKD).


We aim to co-design and implement a clinical decision support pathway for people (patients) and health care providers (family physician, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, nephrologists, and internal medicine specialists) for dyslipidemia in the Canadian clinical context.

 

Patient participants may benefit from an increase in personal health knowledge around dyslipidemia, statin medication and their associated risk ultimately helping improve healthcare outcomes.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

We will ask you to participate in virtual interviews to help us document the clinical processes that could impact the use of an online support pathway, the content of the pathway and the uptake of the pathway.

 

If you are interested in participating further, we will ask you to participate in the user testing of the online pathway as it is being developed. You will be asked to provide your input on the pathway features including its’ usability, colours, content, and quality. This will be done through virtual facilitated sessions where we will ask you to use the pathway based on scenarios provided. You will be asked to complete a short online survey asking about feedback on the pathways and its’ usability.

 

Time Commitment

This project is anticipated to start in December, 2021.  Participation will include two one-hour sessions over a few months. 

There will be an additional opportunity to participate in user testing of the online pathway as it is being developed. This participation will be over the course of 1 to 2 months.

 

Reimbursement/Compensation

This is an online opportunity. There are no expenses associated with participating.

A $25 honorarium will be offered for participation and completion of an interview.

An additional $25 honorarium will be offered for participation and completion of design and usability testing.

 

For more information or to apply please connect with

Johanna Blaak                                                            Dr. Sonia Butalia

marlot.blaak@ucalgary.ca                                          sbutalia@ucalgary.ca