The goal was to better understand how individuals living with dyslipidemia / high cholesterol are impacted by their condition in everyday life, including disease management.
Within one week, Evidation recruited 4,956 individuals with dyslipidemia / high cholesterol from its member community/app. In addition to background demographics, participants identified their level of knowledge and perceptions of dyslipidemia, management of their condition, healthcare utilization and impact on quality of life. Of these, 75% reported comorbidities.
Evidation uncovered that individuals who actively manage their cholesterol via select behaviors (e.g. medication adherence, exercise, diet, etc.) reported more frequent concern about their condition and interest in remote options. In addition, older individuals reported testing their cholesterol and taking medication as prescribed more frequently, regardless of how concerned they are about their condition. This may be due to more proactive management of cholesterol and other conditions by providers.
In the figure below, the frequency of concern about their cholesterol was slightly higher for older participants than younger participants. 19% of younger (30-39) participants reported being “often” or “always” as opposed to 24% of older participants (60-69). In practice, older participants get their cholesterol tested much more often. 67% of older participants (60- 69) had had their cholesterol measured within six months as compared to 49% of younger participants (30-39).
Increased concern about cholesterol is associated with more frequent testing, active management and interest in remote options.
Even after controlling for age, concern about cholesterol is associated with more frequent testing and active management despite better overall health. The figure below showcases a subgroup analysis of 1,500 participants ages 50-59. For a subgroup, ages 50-59, concern is associated with more proactive management and interest in additional remote options.
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