School of Population Health

Socioeconomically disadvantaged Australians are at higher risk of a repeat heart attack and other cardiovascular events

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New research shows that despite being more likely to be prescribed medications for secondary prevention to prevent a repeat heart attack, those who are most socioeconomically disadvantaged are less likely to achieve their treatment targets. 
 
Co-researcher A/Professor Freddy Sitas from the UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) and Director of the Centre for Primary Care and Equity (CPHCE), says:
 
"What we need to do now is understand why these people are not meeting their targets, and what the barriers are. For example is it low adherence to treatment, failure to manage, socioeconomic barriers, a combination of these things, or something else? 

"This follows up from our previous research that women with cardiovascular disease are less likely to be prescribed drugs for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, but were more likely to achieve their treatment targets," he says. 

"Overall prescription and target achievements were low.  Combined, these findings highlight the need for general practitioners and other health professionals to apply an equity and gender lens when treating patients, and the importance of a patient-centred approach to primary care." 
 
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Associate Professor Freddy Sitas