Impact of continuity of care on cardiovascular disease risk among newly-diagnosed hypertension patients

Daein Choi, Seulggie Choi, Hyunho Kim, Kyuwoong Kim, Nakhyun Kim, Ahryoung Ko, Kyae Hyung Kim, Joung Sik Son, Jae Moon Yun, Yoon Kim, Sang Min Park
2020 Scientific Reports  
AbstractSeveral previous studies have noted benefits of maintaining continuity of care (COC), including improved patient compliance, decreased health care cost, and decreased incidence of hospitalization. However, the association of COC in hypertension patients with subsequent cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk is yet unclear. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the impact of COC on CVD risk among newly-diagnosed hypertension patients. We conducted a cohort with a study population consisted of
more » ... ,187 newly-diagnosed hypertension patients in 2004 from the Korean National Health Insurance Service database. The participants were then divided into approximate quartiles of COC index, and followed from 1 January 2007 until 31 December 2017. Cox proportional hazards models were used to evaluate the adjusted hazard ratios (aHRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for CVD risk according to quartiles. Compared to patients within the lowest quartile of COC index, those within the highest quartile of COC index had reduced risk for CVD (aHR 0.76, 95% confidence interval; CI 0.73–0.79), CHD (aHR 0.66, 95% CI 0.62–0.69) and stroke (aHR 0.84, 95% CI 0.80–0.88). COC among hypertension patients was associated with improved medication compliance and reduced risk of stroke and CVD. The importance of maintaining COC should be emphasized to reduce the risk of CVD among hypertension patients.
doi:10.1038/s41598-020-77131-w pmid:33203931 fatcat:z7kjgdb25zabrpvfoya7xidjom