A collaborative, multi-pronged, community-based heart health promotion program targeted at older adults reduced hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease at the population level, according to a study evaluating the effectiveness of the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) in 20 communities in Ontario, Canada.

The program offered cardiovascular risk assessment sessions free of charge to patients age 65 years and older. Regular weekly sessions were held in community pharmacies. Volunteers trained to measure blood pressure used validated and accurate blood pressure measuring devices (such as the BpTRU). Patients were linked to appropriate healthcare providers, i.e., family physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists. These providers collaborated in order to offer continuity of care.

See the CHAP Implementation Guide for more information.

1. Kaczorowski J, Chambers LW, Dolovich L, et al. Improving cardiovascular health at population level: 39 community cluster randomised trial of Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP). BMJ 2011; 342: d442. (open access)