Kicking off the news for nurses this week is a look at how nurses in the UK are impacting ongoing health and wellness for chronic disease patients. researchers at St. George’s University of London worked with nearly 300 patients over the age of 60 to determine if nurse led interventions impact patients with chronic health conditions like diabetes or CHF.

Nurses Help Patients Set Activity Goals

senior woman pushing a walking frame in a  retirement facilitySome of the patients received standard care and oversight while another group had four visits with nurses who worked with the patients on increasing physical activity. The nurses had the patients set goals for increasing their activity levels, showed them how to use a pedometer they were provided and worked with them on creating and maintaining an activity log.

After tracking the groups for a year, the nurse-led group showed an additional 600 steps daily and had an increase of 40 minutes of moderate activity each week. The researchers estimated the impact of the nursing intervention in patient wellness decreased their risk for both heart disease and diabetes significantly.

More Study on Nurse Disease Management

Further study on implementation costs as well as larger multi-center studies are needed but I think this shows again how nurse intervention in the times between sick calls to the doctor’s office or emergency room can have a significant effect on the health and wellness of our communities and may well save thousands of dollars in avoided chronic health care costs.

I urge you to check out the article yourself in the April 2015 issue of McKnight’s Long Term Care News for the full study results and maybe to find out how you can implement a follow-up nursing study of your own. If you do, make sure you let me know and maybe we can help you report on your results here on the Nursing Show! I look forward to hearing from you.

Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Join the Epic Nurses Health Study and Episode 341.

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