Client experience of brief lifestyle intervention by community nurses

Christl, Bettina, Chan, Bibiana, Laws, Rachel, Williams, Anna, Powell Davies, Gawaine and Harris, Mark F. 2012, Client experience of brief lifestyle intervention by community nurses, Australian journal of primary health, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 321-326, doi: 10.1071/PY11125.

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Title Client experience of brief lifestyle intervention by community nurses
Author(s) Christl, Bettina
Chan, Bibiana
Laws, RachelORCID iD for Laws, Rachel
Williams, Anna
Powell Davies, Gawaine
Harris, Mark F.
Journal name Australian journal of primary health
Volume number 18
Issue number 4
Start page 321
End page 326
Total pages 6
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1836-7399
Summary Lifestyle modification interventions in primary health care settings are an important means of addressing lifestyle risk factors. An essential factor for the success of lifestyle advice is the client’s acceptance. Lifestyle interventions offered in general practice are well accepted by clients. However, little is known about how lifestyle interventions are accepted if offered by community nurses in the client’s home. This study investigates the experience and perspectives of clients who were offered brief lifestyle interventions from community nurses, based on the 5As model. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 clients who had received brief lifestyle interventions from community nurses as part of a larger intervention trial. All clients perceived the provision of lifestyle interventions to be an appropriate part of the community nurses’ role. The advice and support offered was useful only to some, depending on personal preferences, experiences, perceived lifestyle risk and self-rated health. Offering brief lifestyle interventions did not affect the rapport between client and nurse and this puts community nurses in an ideal place to address lifestyle issues that can sometimes be sensitive. However, client-centredness must be emphasised to improve clients’ uptake of lifestyle advice and support.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/PY11125
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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