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Coaching by non-drug prescribing health professionals reduced total cholesterol concentrations in coronary heart disease

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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?


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

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blinded (outcome assessors).

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6 months.

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

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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 …

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  • For correspondence: Dr M J Vale, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia.

  • Sources of funding: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and Merck Sharp and Dohme.