THE IMPACT OF A COMMUNITY INTERVENTION PROGRAM IN ISRAELI WORKSITES TO REDUCE THE RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES

Chaim Yosefy, Noa Oliel, Aviva Grosbirt, Doron Levy, Dov Gavish, Dror Dicker, Reuven Viskoper

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Atherosclerosis is the main cause of cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality in the western world. Detection and treatment of risk factors (such as hypertension, dyslipidemia and diabetes mellitus) reduce CV events. We have shown cost utility in reducing these CV risk factors in community clinics and community centers.

AIMS: In this paper we focused on community workplaces.

METHODS: We included 1011 workers in 15 worksites in the study. All workers were analyzed for CV risk factors and included in 6 months of intervention in their worksite in order to reduce the burden of CV risk factors.

RESULTS: Significant reduction was noted in the percentage of high risk patients from 43.7% to 27.8% to 24.7% after 3 and 6 months respectively (p<0.05), in the percentage of workers with high weight circumference, high blood pressure, smokers, and in high body mass index (>30g/m2 ).

CONCLUSIONS: Interventions in community workplaces can improve the CV risk factors profile and thus should be implemented as broadly as possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-489
Number of pages5
JournalHarefuah
Volume155
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes

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