Nudges for Statin Prescribing in Primary Care

Opportunity

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in the United States. Statins have been demonstrated to be an effective tool for reducing the risk of CVD-related events and mortality, but statins are often not prescribed for patients that meet evidence-based guidelines. 

Approach

We will evaluate nudges to clinicians, patients, or both to initiate statin prescriptions for patients that meet the United States Preventive Task Force guidelines, patients with clinical ASCVD condition, and patients with a history of familial hyperlipidemia. In partnership with the health system, this will be conducted as a 4-arm factorial, cluster-randomized trial to evaluate the effect of the interventions. 

Impact

This study is complete and results are forthcoming.

Collaborators

Penn Medicine Primary Care Service Line

Funding

National Institute on Aging