Should Aussie GPs follow New Zealand’s statin lead?

Study suggests they could could learn a thing or two

Australian doctors could learn a thing or two from their New Zealand counterparts when it comes to statin therapy, an analysis suggests.

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The study found Australian GPs tend to initiate statin therapy primarily on the basis of lipid levels while their New Zealand peers follow best practice by using an absolute-risk-based approach.

This is primarily because New Zealand policymakers have given GPs a single CVD risk management guideline, say the researchers.