J Epidemiol Community Health 63:93 doi:10.1136/jech.2009.096735o
  • Friday 11 September, Parallel session D
  • Plenary session

Cost effectiveness of alternative screening strategies for identifying people at high risk of cardiovascular disease

  1. K. Lawson,
  2. E. Fenwick,
  3. J. Pell
  1. Department of Public Health and Health Policy, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK


      There is strong policy interest across the UK in identifying people at high risk of developing premature cardiovascular disease (CVD; ⩾20% risk over 10 years) in an effort to offer preventative interventions. In 2009, England introduced a mass screening and referral programme; while Scotland is evaluating a pilot programme which targets deprived communities. Here we examine the coverage, efficiency and cost effectiveness of alternative screening strategies.


      We compared five screening strategies to detect those at high risk of premature …