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Metabolic syndrome in rural Australia: an opportunity for primary health care


Jancey, J and James, A and Lee, A and Howat, P and Hills, AP and Anderson, AS and Bordin, C and Blackford, K, Metabolic syndrome in rural Australia: an opportunity for primary health care, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 27, (3) pp. 210-215. ISSN 1038-5282 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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2019 National Rural Health Alliance Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1111/ajr.12500


Objective: To measure the impact of a 6‐month home‐based behaviour change intervention on reducing the risk of chronic disease as determined by metabolic syndrome status and cardiovascular risk score, and discuss implications for primary care in rural areas.

Design: A two‐arm randomised controlled trial of rural adults.

Setting: The rural town of Albany in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

Participants: Participants (n = 401) aged 50‐69 years who were classified with or at risk of metabolic syndrome and randomly assigned to intervention (n = 201) or waitlisted control (n = 200) group.

Interventions: A 6‐month intervention program incorporating goal setting, self‐monitoring and feedback, with motivational interviewing was conducted.

Main outcome measures: Change in metabolic syndrome status and cardiovascular risk.

Results: Significant improvements in metabolic syndrome status and cardiovascular disease risk score (-0.82) were observed for the intervention group relative to control group from baseline to post‐test.

Conclusion: This home‐based physical activity and nutrition intervention reduced participants' risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event in the next 5 years by 1%. Incorporating such prevention orientated approaches in primary care might assist in reducing the burden of long‐term chronic diseases. However, for realistic application in this setting, hurdles such as current national health billing system and availability of resources will need to be considered.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cardiovascular diseases, health promotion, obesity, preventive health, rural health
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:134094
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2019-07-25
Last Modified:2020-08-21

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