Kaczorowski J, Chambers LW, Dolovich L et al. BMJ 2011;342:d442.
In this study, the authors evaluated the effectiveness of the Cardiovascular (CV) Health Awareness Program (CHAP) on the rate of morbidity from CV disease among residents in eligible communities in Canada who were aged >65 years. The CHAP was associated with a significant reduction in the composite rate of hospital admissions for acute myocardial infarction, stroke, and congestive heart failure.
Effective population-based strategies for health promotion and disease prevention are important for controlling the ever-growing prevalence of risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of one such awareness program, the Cardiovascular (CV) Health Awareness Program (CHAP), for improving the management of CV risk factors and thus reducing the rate of morbidity from CV disease at a population level.