Nurse involvement crucial to lifestyle modification

PREVENTING vascular disease through lifestyle modification programs in general practice is possible – but not without the help of practice nurses, a study concludes.

The Australian researchers said practice nurse involvement was crucial to sustaining the implementation of a lifestyle program, aimed at preventing cardiovascular disease, diabetes or renal disease in high-risk patients.

Patients in the trial were assessed as part of a general practice health check, offered advice and referred to the program if they were considered high risk.

The program consisted of two allied health visits and four group sessions, along with follow-up reviews at six and nine months.

The researchers carried out semi-structured interviews with 11 GPs, four practice nurses and five allied health providers to assess the sustainability of the program. 

“Lifestyle modification programs have the potential to extend the influence of