A qualitative study of CVD management and dietary changes: problems of 'too much' and 'contradictory' information

Samantha Meyer, John Coveney, Paul Ward

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Background: Nutrition education for cardiovascular disease (CVD) management is not effective for all population groups. There is little understanding of the factors that hinder patients from adhering to dietary recommendations. Methods. 37 interviews were conducted with people living with CVD in Adelaide, Australia. Recruitment occurred via General Practitioner (GP) clinics and hospital cardiac rehabilitation programs. Participants were either receiving preventive treatment or active treatment for established CVD. Results: The volume and contradictory nature of dietary information were the most prominent barriers to making changes identified in interviews, especially by order participants. Conclusion: Patients will seek out, or come into contact with information which contradicts advice from their GPs. The volume of information may lead them to resort to old and familiar habits. GPs play a valuable role in highlighting key take-home messages and reliable external sources of information. The findings have implications for GP practice given that lifestyle changes are a cost- and clinically-effective means of managing CVD.

Original languageEnglish
Article number25
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalBMC Family Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2014


  • Australia
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diet
  • General practice
  • Lifestyle


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