Patient and general practitioner attitudes to healthy lifestyle behaviours and medication following coronary heart disease

an exploratory study

Catherine Speechly*, Charles Bridges-Webb, Suzanne McKenzie, Yvonne Zurynski, Alison Lucas

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Patients with coronary heart disease often engage in unhealthy lifestyle behaviours. We explored patients' and general practitioners' (GPs') perceptions about the effectiveness of healthy behaviours and medications for the prevention of further cardiovascular disease. This exploratory study used semi-structured interviews with eight Sydney GPs and 13 of their patients with coronary heart disease. Patients perceived medications to be more effective than healthy behaviours in improving specific aspects of cardiovascular health, such as angina symptoms, cholesterol and blood pressure, whilst GPs perceived that medications were more effective in patients they considered at highest cardiovascular risk, patients with uncontrolled risk factors, or where adherence to healthy behaviours was poor. Among patients we found a negative perception of the effort required to adhere to healthy behaviours and possible underestimation of their future cardiovascular risk. Patients valued support from peers and family. This study opens up avenues for investigation in further research, including whether patient adherence to healthy behaviours may be enhanced by the exploration of their perceptions about behaviour effectiveness, barriers and cardiovascular risk and by GP facilitation of practical supports.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-158
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • behaviour modification
  • general practice
  • qualitative
  • secondary prevention

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