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March/April 2011 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet
Date:3/14/2011

tive of education, numeracy score, socioeconomic status, or actual cardiovascular risk, patients showed a strong preference for relative risk as a means of encouraging them to take preventive medication. The findings, the authors conclude, show that patients' willingness to take preventive cardiovascular medication depends more on the mode of communication of treatment benefit than on their short-term cardiovascular disease risk score or their level of concern about a future cardiovascular event. Moreover, it is not possible to predict which mode of communication is preferred by individual patients. As such, they recommend clinicians routinely use several modes and formats to communicate risk, flexibly matching information to the needs of individuals.

Patients' Preferences for Ways to Communicate Benefits of Cardiovascular Medication
By Felicity Goodyear-Smith, M.B., Ch.B., M.G.P., et al
University of Auckland, New Zealand


Report: Mixed Progress in Healthy People 2010 Arthritis Management Objectives

In an analysis updating national progress toward targets for three Healthy People 2010 objectives for arthritis management, researchers found significant progress has been made by clinicians for weight loss counseling of overweight and obese adults with arthritis, but not for two other arthritis management objectives. Analyzing national data sets, researchers found that the proportion of overweight and obese adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis who were counseled by their clinicians to lose weight to lessen their symptoms increased significantly from 35 percent in 2002 to 41 percent in 2006, just shy of the 2010 target of 46 percent. There was no change, however, in the proportion of adults with arthritis who had ever taken a self-management education class (approximately 11 percent), or who had been counseled to engage in physical activity (approximately 52 percent), whose targets for 2010 are 13 percent and 67 percent, r
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