A study was conducted to determine if an educational intervention aimed at increasing knowledge of cholesterol would result in a decrease in serum cholesterol. The theory of planned behavior, by Icek Ajzen, which is directed at human beings and adherence, was used. The desired behavior was cholesterol management by lifestyle adaptations. This quasi-experimental quantitative study used a convenience sample from a primary care office (N=30). Patients included in the study met cholesterol screening criteria and had no history of cholesterol management. The instrument for this study consisted of a pre and post close-ended questionnaire which measured knowledge of cholesterol. This study demonstrated that a refrigerator magnet containing cholesterol management information did not have a statistically significant impact on serum cholesterol. Statistical significance indicated verbal education in regards to lifestyle management helped reduce cholesterol by an average 19 points. Verbal education in the form of on-site healthcare visits and telephone communication provides an effective method to lower cholesterol.
|Advisor:||Mutsch, Karen S.|
|Commitee:||Hussey, Ruth V.|
|School:||Northern Kentucky University|
|School Location:||United States -- Kentucky|
|Source:||MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
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