The Effects of a Multimodal Intervention Trial to Promote Lifestyle Factors Associated With the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Menopausal and Postmenopausal Australian Women
Anderson, Debra J., Mirzaiinajmabadi, Khadegh, Kain, Victoria J., & Webster, Joan (2006) The Effects of a Multimodal Intervention Trial to Promote Lifestyle Factors Associated With the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Menopausal and Postmenopausal Australian Women. Health Care for Women International, 27(3), pp. 238-253.
The purpose of this study was to test the efficacy of a multi-modal intervention (Women’s Wellness Program) to improve women’s cardio-vascular risk factors. This twelve week randomized experiment with a control group targeted women 50-65 years living in the general population. Women in the intervention group were provided with a consultation with a Registered Nurse at which biophysical cardio-vascular risk measures were taken and health education was provided in both verbal and written form. Women were encouraged to review their smoking, nutrition and water intakes and to commence an exercise program which included aerobic fitness exercises. Women in the control group continued their normal activities. The sample consisted of 90 women aged 50-65 years. Pre- and post-intervention assessment utilized seven measures of cardio-vascular risk factors: waist to hip ratio, body mass index, blood pressure, heart rate, weight, exercise levels and smoking.
Analysis of covariance indicated that the intervention was effective in improving women’s aerobic exercise activity and decreasing smoking. The data from all five biophysical outcome measures supported the efficacy of the intervention, with significant decreases seen in the women’s waist-hip ratios, body mass index, blood pressure and measured weight. Study implications suggest that this type of intervention may provide an effective, clinically manageable therapy for women who prefer a self-directed approach to preventing and decreasing cardio-vascular risk factors.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||Author contact: Debra Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2006 Taylor & Francis|
|Copyright Statement:||First published in Health Care for Women International 27(3):pp. 238-253.|
|Deposited On:||21 Dec 2006|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:27|
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