Populations at Risk Across the Life span: Case Studies
My Family Medical History and Me: Feasibility Results of a Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Intervention
Article first published online: 19 MAY 2014
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Public Health Nursing
How to Cite
Imes, C. C., Lewis, F. M., Austin, M. A. and Dougherty, C. M. (2014), My Family Medical History and Me: Feasibility Results of a Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Intervention. Public Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/phn.12130
- Article first published online: 19 MAY 2014
- National Institute for Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health. Grant Number: T32NR009759
- cardiovascular diseases;
- family history;
- feasibility study;
- health behaviors;
- health promotion
Evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a behaviorally focused intervention designed to increase perceived cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary heart disease (CHD) risk in young adults with a family history (FH) of CVD/CHD.
Design and Sample
Single group, pre-post-test design. Fifteen, mostly female (n = 13, 86.7%), White, young adults (mean age 20.8 years) with a minimum of a high school education with a FH of CVD/CHD.
Feasibility examined the recruitment strategy, study procedures, appropriateness and quality of the study instruments, and problems that occurred during delivery of the intervention. Acceptability examined participants’ engagement in the in person sessions and at home exercises and their feedback about the intervention.
Two, in person sessions provided personalized, tailored messages about 10-year and lifetime CHD risk based on risk factors, FH from a three-generation pedigree, lipid levels, blood pressure, and smoking status, and brief counseling about how to engage in a healthy lifestyle to decrease CVD/CHD risk.
The intervention was feasible and acceptable. Participants requested more information on healthy food choices, including which foods to avoid and which exercises most improve cardiovascular health.
Although requiring refinement, the intervention has potential public health implications and deserves further testing.