Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/eb-2014-101940
  • Primary healthcare
  • Randomised controlled trial

A nurse-led email reminder programme on healthy lifestyle can improve cardiovascular risk factors in hypertensive adults

  1. Hayden Bosworth
  1. Duke University Medical Center, Durham, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Hayden Bosworth, 411 West Chapel Hill Street, Suite 600, Durham NC 27701, USA; hayden.bosworth{at}

Commentary on:

Implications for practice and research

  • Individuals receiving a nurse-led reminder programme through email observed improvements in risk factors for cardiovascular disease, relative to a usual care control group.

  • Issues to consider what would further enhance the likelihood of successful implementation of the intervention are discussed.


Unhealthy behaviours such as smoking and poor diet account for as many as 40% of premature deaths.1 The study by Cicolini and colleagues is an example of a potentially useful cardiovascular disease risk-reduction programme based on potentially significant findings.


Hypertensive individuals were enrolled …

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