CDC Releases 2015 Prevention Status Reports
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the latest Prevention Status Reports (PSRs). The PSRs highlight—for all 50 states and the District of Columbia—the status of public health policies and practices designed to prevent or reduce 10 important public health problems. Heart disease and stroke, which are the leading causes of death for men and women in the United States, are featured in the report.
Each year, more than 800,000 people die from cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, although many of these deaths can be prevented. As highlighted in the PSRs, the use of electronic health records (EHR) and pharmacist collaborative drug therapy management policies are key evidence-based strategies that can help reduce or prevent heart disease and stroke.
Health care providers can help save lives by using EHRs to identify and support patients who need help addressing risk factors for heart disease and stroke, including controlling high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Pharmacists can play a role through participating in team-based approaches to improve the quality of care for patients.
According to the 2015 reports, all 50 states increased the number of office-based physicians who use EHRs to engage with patients. The majority of states have a pharmacist collaborative drug therapy management policy in place for all health conditions. These policies are vital because they can increase the chances that patients will adhere to medications used to treat high blood pressure and cholesterol and potentially improve patient outcomes.
You can find your state’s report at PSRs by State. To help you use the reports, CDC created the PSR Quick Start Guide, which provides tools to increase the use of evidence-based public health practices in your state. We encourage you to use these reports and share with partners who can help raise awareness and heart disease and stroke prevention. If you have questions about the PSRs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more on cardiovascular disease, visit http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/