The Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Case Identification Tool (FAMCAT) is a quality improvement tool designed to help practices find patients who may have FH but also may be missing a coded diagnosis. The tool was developed with colleagues in PRISM (Primary Care Stratified Medicines) at the University of Nottingham.
Early identification and effective treatment of FH patients can help to ensure normal life expectancy.
The original PRIMIS FH tool translated the findings of "Improving identification of familial hypercholesterolaemia in primary care: Derivation and validation of the familial hypercholesterolaemia case ascertainment tool (FAMCAT)" into a practice based audit which stratifies patients into “very high risk”, “high risk”, and “population risk” and allows GPs to target their case-finding.
PRIMIS is updating the current tool which will be available early in 2020. The update will include a refinement to the FAMCAT algorithm that will make the identification of patients with possible FH more specific (link to The Lancet).
PRIMIS is also creating a package of learning which will support the use of the tool and understands how practice systems and pathways can support early identification of patients. If you would like to register interest for the updated tool or the support package, please email PRIMIS:
While this development takes place, the current tool is available on a request-only basis. If you would like to access to this tool, please email using the link above.
This quality improvement tool helps practices by
The FAMCAT tool utilises EMIS Web searches which can be run instantly, negating the need to use MIQUEST, saving time and resources but also giving the practice picture in real time. Practices with other clinical systems can still continue to use the tool using MIQUEST as this doesn’t present the same barrier.
Please contact PRIMIS if you wish to discuss obtaining this tool.
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