Publication Details

Stephen, C., McInnes, S. & Halcomb, E. (2018). The feasibility and acceptability of nurse-led chronic disease management interventions in primary care: An integrative review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74 (2), 279-288. .


Aims: To explore the feasibility and acceptability of nurse-led chronic disease management and lifestyle risk factor reduction interventions in primary care (general practice/family practice).

Background: Growing international evidence suggests that interventions delivered by primary care nurses can assist in modifying lifestyle risk factors and managing chronic disease. To date, there has been limited exploration of the feasibility and acceptability of such interventions.

Design: Integrative review guided by the work of Whittemore and Knafl (2005).

Data Sources: Database search of CINAHL, Medline and Web of Science was conducted to identify relevant literature published between 2000-2015.

Review Methods: Papers were assessed for methodological quality and data abstracted before thematic analysis was undertaken.

Results: Eleven papers met the inclusion criteria. Analysis uncovered four themes: (1) facilitators of interventions; (2) barriers to interventions; (3) consumer satisfaction; and (4) primary care nurse role.

Conclusion: Literature supports the feasibility and acceptability of nurse-led interventions in primary care for lifestyle risk factor modification. The ongoing sustainability of these interventions rests largely on organizational factors such as funding, educational pathways and professional support of the primary care nursing role. Further robust research around primary care nurse interventions is required to strengthen the evidence base.



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