Author Joanne L. Thanavaro, ND, APRN-BC, is an Adult Nurse Practitioner in private practice and an Associate Professor of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College of Nursing and Allied Health, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63110.
Barriers to Coronary Heart Disease Risk Modification in Women without Prior History of Coronary Heart Disease
Article first published online: 24 OCT 2005
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 17, Issue 11, pages 487–493, November 2005
How to Cite
Thanavaro, J. L. (2005), Barriers to Coronary Heart Disease Risk Modification in Women without Prior History of Coronary Heart Disease. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 17: 487–493. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2005.00080.x
- Issue published online: 24 OCT 2005
- Article first published online: 24 OCT 2005
- Nurse practitioners;
- coronary heart disease risk factors;
- barriers to coronary heart disease risk modification
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.
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.
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.