To what extent do patients in general practice reach guideline lipid-lowering treatment goals?

Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil. 2007 Feb;14(1):149-51. doi: 10.1097/HJR.0b013e3280125485.


Background: We assessed the extent to which the 1998 European guideline goals were reached among patients on statin treatment.

Design: A cross-sectional study.

Methods: A total of 683 consecutive patients on statin treatment were recruited from 48 primary healthcare centres all over Sweden. Serum lipid levels and possible goal-reaching determinants were registered.

Results: The treatment goal for total cholesterol was met in 55% of patients and for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in 60% of patients. Male sex and a history of diabetes mellitus or cardiovascular disease increased the likelihood of meeting treatment goals.

Conclusions: More than half of statin-treated Swedish primary care patients reached the treatment goals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anticholesteremic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Family Practice / trends*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypercholesterolemia / drug therapy*
  • Male
  • Sweden


  • Anticholesteremic Agents