How Do Registered Nurses in Australian General Practice Perceive Lifestyle Risk Communication? - Sharon James

How Do Registered Nurses in Australian General Practice Perceive Lifestyle Risk Communication? - Sharon James
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Little is known regarding nurses’ views of lifestyle risk communication. Exploring general practice nurses’ lifestyle, risk communication is an important piece of new knowledge that will better inform future management of chronic disease and highlight areas that have room for growth.

This qualitative descriptive study sought to understand 12 general practice nurse experiences of lifestyle risk communication. Results showed that nurses observed lifestyle risk communication to be dependent on role navigation, determination of patient receptiveness, time, education and organisational support.

Behavioural counselling of lifestyle risk has been found to be effective in general practice to support sustained behavioural change. Understanding factors, which influence the nurse in the provision of lifestyle risk communication will provide new knowledge to inform clinical practice, nurse education, service delivery and policy.

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