Effectiveness of general practice nurse interventions in cardiac risk factor reduction among adults

Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 2007, 5 (3), pp. 269 - 295
Issue Date:
2007-01
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Background Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for adults in Australia. In recent years there has been a shift in health service delivery from institutional to community-based care for chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease. The general practice setting is seen to offer greater flexibility, higher levels of efficiency and more client focused healthcare delivery than is possible in the acute care sector. It has been suggested that practice nurses represent a useful adjunct to current models of cardiovascular disease management. To date, significant descriptive research has been conducted exploring the demographics, roles, educational needs and issues facing practice nurses. However, there is a need to evaluate the effectiveness of practice nurse interventions in terms of patient outcomes, clinician satisfaction and cost-effectiveness.
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