Perspectives

Nurse-led clinics for CVD prevention

Perspectives

Nurse-led clinics for CVD prevention

Linda Worrall-Carter, Christine Wright, Muhammad Aziz Rahman, Samantha McEvedy, Andrew Wilson

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Abstract

Hospital-based CVD prevention clinics, led by nurses, are designed to minimise the occurrence or recurrence of cardiovascular events. Nursing interventions typically include assistance in moderation of risk factors through lifestyle counselling and education on medication use and/or compliance. The effectiveness of these clinics depends on a strong collaboration between nurses and physician, as well as co-operation between primary and secondary care providers.

Key Points

  • Nurse-led clinics emerged in the 1980s and have been widely adopted in primary and secondary care settings.
  • Hospital-based nurse-led clinics are multidisciplinary and range from rapid access chest pain clinics to clinics that manage specific conditions with nurse-led interventions.
  • Co-ordination of care and communication with primary care physicians are important components of the nurse-led clinic model.
  • Research has shown benefits for patients attending nurse-led clinics in terms of improvements on a range of outcomes.