Nudges for Statin Prescribing in Primary Care


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. 


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. 


This study is complete and results are forthcoming.


Penn Medicine Primary Care Service Line


National Institute on Aging