Evid Based Nurs 7:81 doi:10.1136/ebn.7.3.81
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Coaching by non-drug prescribing health professionals reduced total cholesterol concentrations in coronary heart disease

 Q In patients with coronary heart disease (CHD), does a 6 month programme of coaching by non-drug prescribing nurses and dietitians reduce total cholesterol (TC) concentrations?



randomised controlled trial (Coaching patients On Achieving Cardiovascular Health [COACH]).




blinded (outcome assessors).

GraphicFollow up period:

6 months.


cardiology departments of 6 university teaching hospitals in Melbourne, Australia.


792 patients (mean age 59 y, 77% men) who were admitted to hospital for coronary artery bypass graft surgery; percutaneous coronary intervention; acute myocardial infarction or unstable angina and discharged on medical therapy; or coronary angiography with planned elective revascularisation. Exclusion criteria: inaccessibility by telephone, inability to speak or read English or travel to hospital for follow up visits, no fasting blood sample taken …

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