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Keywords:

  • Nurse practitioners;
  • coronary heart disease risk factors;
  • barriers to coronary heart disease risk modification

Purpose

To explore the extent to which women perceive barriers to coronary heart disease (CHD) risk modification and to determine if access to a nurse practitioner (NP) decreases perceived barriers to CHD risk modification.

Data sources

Surveys completed by 120 women between the ages of 35 and 60 years, with no known history of CHD. The barriers scale was used to examine women's perceived barriers to CHD risk modification.

Conclusions

Women with access to an NP had less perceived barriers to CHD risk modification.

Implications for practice

NPs are ideally suited to decrease the mortality and morbidity associated with CHD through education strategies and attention to individual barriers women face when attempting to incorporate CHD risk factor modification into their lifestyles.