A study on the effect of dietetic intervention within primary care of patients with coronary heart disease
Lee, Nicola J.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Evidence shows that consuming a cardio-protective diet may help protect individuals with coronary heart disease from further cardiac events or sudden death (Mead et al, 2006). National food surveys report that consumption levels of fruit and vegetables and oily fish are below the recommended intakes. Dietitians are well placed as health professionals to provide individualised advice on diet and other lifestyle factors. The use of behavioural change skills can optimise the potential to empower patients to make lifestyle changes. This study hoped to establish whether a specialist dietetic service within Primary Care was effective in enabling overweight patients with coronary heart disease to make and sustain dietary changes and to lose weight. A total of 169 men and women were recruited from GP practices across Swansea. Results showed a statistically significant increase in consumption of both fruit and vegetables and omega-3 fat at second appointment (both p <0.005) which was sustained at one year (p = 0.041 and p = 0.001 respectively). A corrected mean weight loss of 0.99kg was recorded.
MSc Advanced Dietetic Practice