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Table 5 Data collection methods and main study variables in EURIKA

From: Rationale and methods of the European Study on Cardiovascular Risk Prevention and Management in Daily Practice (EURIKA)

Collection method Variables
Questionnaire addressed to the physician    Academic training, work-setting and other characteristics of the physicians
     - Conditions in usual daily practice for cardiovascular risk factors measurement.
     - The use of global cardiovascular risk assessment and barriers encountered in clinical practice.
     - Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of physicians regarding cardiovascular prevention and management
     - For every patient, information on management of cardiovascular risk (frequency of cardiovascular risk factors assessment, lifestyle counselling, therapeutic goals, treatment adherence).
Questionnaire addressed to patients, and clinical record abstraction    Patients' demographic and psychosocial characteristics
     - Relevant family medical history: early cardiovascular event
     - CVD risk factors related to lifestyle (tobacco smoking, physical activity)
     - Comorbidity
  Current medication: antihypertensives, statins and other lipid-lowering drugs, oral antidiabetics, insulin, anticoagulants, aspirin, and combination drug therapy
Laboratory results taken from the clinical record (most recent blood data and physical examination during the previous year)    - Total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, non-HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, hemoglobine-A1c
Measurements performed on patients during the medical visit Weight, height, waist and hip circumference, and blood pressure, under standardized conditions
Blood sample collected during the medical visit    - Total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, non-HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, apolipoprotein B, apolipoprotein AI, hemoglobine-A1c, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, creatinine, uric acid.