Leveraging Health Information Technology and Team Change to Improve Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Rheumatoid Arthritis (TEACH-RA)
About this Project
The goal of this project is to implement and test a practical multi-faceted system-based intervention that will:
(1) increase CVD risk factor assessment (blood pressure [BP], total and HDL cholesterol, diabetes mellitus [DM] status, and smoking status) among RA patients;
(2) systematically identify unaddressed increased CVD risk or uncontrolled risk factors in a manner that is consistent with current U.S. guidelines and accounts for increased CVD risk in RA;
(3) increase rheumatologist counseling about CVD risk; and
(4) increase appropriate pharmacotherapy for CVD risk reduction (specifically moderate-to-high intensity statins and antihypertensives) by promoting co-management and improving physician-to-physician communication.
(Co-PI: Darcy Majka, MD/MS)