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The Disparate Approaches of General Practitioners to the Pharmaceuticalisation of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Douglass, Tom, Calnan, Michael (2021) The Disparate Approaches of General Practitioners to the Pharmaceuticalisation of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention. Frontiers in Sociology, . ISSN 2297-7775. (KAR id:87941)

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Abstract

In the context of current clinical practice guidance, this paper will analyse the role of GPs in decision-making about the primaryprevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) using the concept of pharmaceuticalisation. Drawing on thematic analysis ofsemi-structured interviews with 20 GPs, the paper argues that the way GPs approach CVD pharmaceuticalisation is shaped bytheir understandings of and use of guidelines (and the knowledge they embody), existing treatment perspectives and the moralqualities of preventative treatment, and professional evaluations of ‘relevant’ information. The analysis indicates that there existdisparate and distinct approaches to and understandings of CVD pharmaceuticalisation amongst GPs. Depending on how knowledge,treatment perspectives and values variously combine, GPs sit somewhere on a spectrum of how pharmaceuticalised they are interms of the approaches to and understandings of the prevention of CVD.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Pharmaceuticalisation, statins, cardiovascular disease prevention, clinical practice guidelines, general practitioners
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Michael Calnan
Date Deposited: 06 May 2021 10:09 UTC
Last Modified: 22 May 2021 06:34 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/87941 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Calnan, Michael: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7239-6898
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