International Journal of Family Medicine / 2015 / Article / Tab 3

Research Article

GPs’ Perceptions of Cardiovascular Risk and Views on Patient Compliance: A Qualitative Interview Study

Table 3

Summary of results.

ThemesRelated subthemesDifferences in attitudes

Cardiovascular guidelines and risk assessment tools Cardiovascular guidelines(A) Good and applicable, follow them virtually completely
(B) The difference between the academic approach from epidemiological studies and patients in flesh and blood is challenging
(C) Cardiovascular guidelines inhibit the ability to practice independently as a GP
Use of risk communication tools(A) Not sufficient power in the risk communication
(B) Only for risk assessment, not for risk communication
(C) Thorough use of different tools depending on the patient context

Strategies for managing patient complianceResigned approach(A) Prescribing is the GP’s choice and patients comply
(B) Taking preventive drugs is solely the patient’s choice
Confrontational approach(A) Describing consequences of low compliance
(B) Revealing barriers to low compliance

Personal risk managementMeasuring own blood lipids(A) Yes, with clear indication
(B) Yes, without clear indication
(C) No, never
Using lipid-lowering drug themselves(A) Reluctant
(B) Pragmatic