Since the initiation of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) and the development of simpler, more rapid laboratory measurements of cholesterol levels, screening for blood cholesterol level has become widespread. Public screening has the possibility of detecting large numbers of individuals with high blood cholesterol levels in addition to those detected in the physician's office. Unfortunately, however, the reliability of cholesterol measurements and the education and follow-up in public screening programs are often inadequate. Results of current research on screening programs were presented at a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Workshop on Public Screening for High Blood Cholesterol in October 1988. The workshop participants suggested methods that could make public screening more effective in detecting high blood cholesterol levels in individuals who might otherwise not be identified in the health care system and that could ensure follow-up of appropriate cases and public education about cholesterol.
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS
Recommendations Regarding Public Screening for Measuring Blood Cholesterol: Summary of a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Workshop, October 1988. Arch Intern Med. 1989;149(12):2650–2654. doi:10.1001/archinte.1989.00390120022006
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