A case-management system for coronary risk factor modification after acute myocardial infarction

Ann Intern Med. 1994 May 1;120(9):721-9. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-120-9-199405010-00001.


Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of a physician-directed, nurse-managed, home-based case-management system for coronary risk factor modification.

Design: Randomized clinical trial in which patients received a special intervention (n = 293) or usual medical care (n = 292) during the first year after acute myocardial infarction.

Setting: 5 Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in the San Francisco Bay area.

Patients: 585 men and women aged 70 years or younger who were hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction.

Intervention: In the hospital, specially trained nurses initiated interventions for smoking cessation, exercise training, and diet-drug therapy for hyperlipidemia. Intervention after discharge was implemented primarily by telephone and mail contact with patients in their homes. All medically eligible patients received exercise training; all smokers received the smoking cessation intervention; and all patients received dietary counseling and, if needed, lipid-lowering drug therapy.

Outcome: Smoking prevalence and plasma low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) concentrations were measured 2 months after infarction, and functional capacity was measured 6 months after infarction.

Results: In the special intervention and usual care groups, the cotinine-confirmed smoking cessation rates were 70% and 53% (P = 0.03), plasma LDL cholesterol levels were 2.77 +/- 0.69 mmol/L and 3.41 +/- 0.90 mmol/L (107 +/- 30 mg/dL and 132 +/- 30 mg/dL) (P = 0.001), and functional capacities were 9.3 +/- 2.4 METS and 8.4 +/- 2.5 METS (P = 0.001), respectively.

Conclusion: In a large health maintenance organization, a case-management system was considerably more effective than usual medical care for modification of coronary risk factors after myocardial infarction.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cholesterol, LDL / blood
  • Confounding Factors, Epidemiologic
  • Counseling
  • Exercise Therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypercholesterolemia / complications
  • Hypercholesterolemia / diet therapy
  • Hypercholesterolemia / drug therapy*
  • Male
  • Managed Care Programs*
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Infarction / blood
  • Myocardial Infarction / etiology
  • Myocardial Infarction / rehabilitation*
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Patient Care Team
  • Risk Factors
  • San Francisco
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking Cessation*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Cholesterol, LDL