Effects of a workplace multiple cardiovascular disease risks reduction program

Jing Juin Huang, Huey Shyan Lin, Miaofen Yen, Wai Ming Kan, Bih O. Lee, Ching Huey Chen

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Abstract

Purpose: Interventions targeting multiple risk behaviors have the potential to offer greater health benefits on public health. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a Workplace Multiple Cardiovascular Disease Risks Reduction Program (WMCVDRRP) on male participants at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Methods: One group pretest-posttest design was applied in this study. No control group was assigned as this study was the first one in Taiwan conducted to promote participants' health using WMCVDRRP and thus with the nature of a pilot study. The program design was based on the collaboration between the health clinic at the corporation and a nursing school targeting six health behaviors. Of the 465 individuals who participated, data from 283 participants were included in the analysis. The change in any of six health behaviors and eight physical indicators were tested as the effect of the WMCVDRRP. Results: Nearly 40% of the participants improved their regular exercise, diet control, stress management, and medication adherence. Although the improvement in drinking behaviors did not show statistical significance, 21% of the participants changed in alcohol consumption and 21% quit smoking. Eight physical indicators including systolic and diastolic blood pressure, total cholesterol, triglyceride, body mass index, waist-hip ratio, body fat, and muscle weight improved significantly. Conclusion: Dual collaboration between the industry and nursing schools could establish a cost-effective program to improve health behaviors and health status of participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-82
Number of pages9
JournalAsian Nursing Research
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)

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