Lifestyle Risk Communication by Nurses in Primary Care: An Integrative Review

Lifestyle Risk Communication by Nurses in Primary Care: An Integrative Review
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Overview

Chronic disease is responsible for the majority of deaths in Australia and is increasingly managed within the primary care setting. Supportive government policy has ensured the growth of practice nursing and management of chronic disease through targeted funding.

Chronic disease risk factors are amenable to behaviour change counselling. As a result, general practice nurses are becoming more involved in lifestyle risk prevention, and expansion of practice nurse utilisation is recommended. In this context, exploration of general practice nurse views of lifestyle risk dialogue is needed as a basis for future chronic disease management and capacity of practice nurse service delivery. The current demand for chronic disease management and growth of nurse numbers in primary care provides a pivotal opportunity to deliver effective lifestyle risk communication interventions.

Presented by Sharon James

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