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The determinants of lifestyle counselling among practice nurses in Ireland.

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Show simple item record Connolly, Claire 2012-05-11T10:32:55Z 2012-05-11T10:32:55Z 2008-08
dc.identifier.citation Lambe, B., Connolly, C. & McEvoy, R (2008). The determinants of lifestyle counselling among practice nurses in Ireland International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 46(3), 94-99. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1463-5240
dc.description.abstract Aim: To assess the practice of lifestyle counselling among practice nurses (PNs) by measuring the frequency, perceived effectiveness and barriers to lifestyle counselling. Methods: A survey questionnaire was sent to all 77 PNs in an Irish health service administrative area (response rate = 69%). A focus group was subsequently conducted with ten PNs from this sample. Results: 43.8% (n = 21) and 45.8% (n = 22) 'always' promote physical activity and healthy eating with patients, respectively. Conversely, 29.2% (n = 14) of respondents stated they 'rarely' or 'never' counsel patients on risky drinking. Furthermore, a large number of PNs perceived themselves to be 'minimally effective' or 'ineffective' at helping patients to address smoking and risky drinking (47.6%, n = 20 and 63.6%, n = 28, respectively). Practice nurses perceived themselves to be the most appropriate people to provide lifestyle counselling. Education and the provision of accurate information is a key strategy used with patients. Insufficient time, however, was cited as the main barrier to lifestyle counselling by 73.8% (n = 31) of PNs. Conclusion: The traditional health education approach to lifestyle counselling predominates in practice nursing. And whilst practice nurses remain positive about lifestyle counselling, they require further support to address behaviours such as smoking and risky drinking in general practice. en_US
dc.format application/pdf en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Institute of Health Promotion and Education en_US
dc.subject Adult en_US
dc.subject Data analysis software en_US
dc.subject Descriptive statistics en_US
dc.subject Female en_US
dc.subject Focus groups en_US
dc.subject Funding source en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject Multimethod studies en_US
dc.subject Questionnaires en_US
dc.subject Surveys en_US
dc.subject Human en_US
dc.subject Health Promotion en_US
dc.title The determinants of lifestyle counselling among practice nurses in Ireland. en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.local.publishedsource en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.funder HSE Heart Health Research Bursary en_US

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