JCL Roundtable: Lipid clinic operations.
Until 1990, lipid clinics in the United States existed only in academic medical centers, generally in close relationship with laboratory-based research programs. The advent of statin therapy, the success of major clinical trials to prevent or stabilize atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and organizational efforts highlighted by regional Lipid Disorders Training Centers and the newly formed National Lipid Association boosted the formation of lipid clinics and preventive cardiology clinics in private and academic settings. This roundtable discussion with 4 experts examines multiple aspects of lipid clinic operations: obtaining referrals, adapting to either the academic or community setting, organizing a team of providers, incorporating diet and lifestyle counseling as well as medication, establishing the pharmacist role, and gaining financial stability. Some issues are as yet unsettled, including the subspecialty home of lipidology, if any, and the diagnostic and management boundaries of practical lipid clinics. Achieving official recognition as a subspecialty has taken some steps forward but remains a challenge. Opportunities for advocacy need to be seized.
Liebeskind, A; Warden, BA; Sikand, G; Duell, PB; Guyton, JR
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