Counseling Hypertensive patients: an observational study of 21 public health nurses

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This study observed the public health nurse's and the patient's activity level during blood pressure measurement and the kind of nonpharmacological treatment that was given. Using the Nurse Practitioner Rating Form, three structured observations were made of 21 public health nurses at their offices at health care centers. The nurses were randomly selected from 22 health care centers in Southern Sweden. The public health nurses used nonpharmacological treatment at 18 out of 63 visits, mainly diet and physical activity. The nonpharmacological conversation had a psychosocial aspect at 15 observations. During the visits, most of the facts and advice concerned somatic aspects of health promotion. Almost all patients were asked about their medication. At more than half of the observations, the nurses and the patients met at the same medium or high communication level. The nurses need training and information about nonpharmacological treatment to practice health promotion in hypertension care.


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  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
  • Nursing
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-386
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Family Medicine (013241010), Division of Nursing (Closed 2012) (013065000)