Statins play a critical role in reducing the risk of heart disease. Not only are the benefits greatly appreciated by both physicians and patients, the majority of statins are also well tolerated. Despite this, many patients discontinue statin therapy against medical advice, oftentimes without notifying their doctors. For this reason, the National Lipid Association embarked on a study that used internet surveys to determine why patients discontinue their statins.
The USAGE survey—“Understanding Statin use in America and Gaps in Education” — is the largest known cholesterol survey conducted in the U.S., involving more than 10,100 statin users. The USAGE survey explores patient perceptions, attitudes, behaviors and concerns about statins, which are the most commonly prescribed medications to treat high cholesterol.
- Muscle symptoms in statin users, associations with cytochrome P450, and membrane transporter inhibitor use: A subanalysis of the USAGE study
- Predictors of statin adherence, switching, and discontinuation in the USAGE survey: Understanding the use of statins in America and gaps in patient
- Understanding Statin Use in America and Gaps in Patient Education (USAGE): An internet-based survey of 10,138 current and former statin users