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A nurse-led intervention reduced risk factors, anxiety, and depression in patients waiting for CABG

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 QUESTION: Does nurse-led, shared care for patients on a waiting list for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) reduce coronary artery disease (CAD) risk factors, anxiety, and depression?


Randomised (unclear allocation concealment*), unblinded,* controlled trial with follow up at {1 week before scheduled surgery}.


Glasgow Royal Infirmary University NHS Trust, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.


121 patients who were on an elective CABG waiting list. 81% (mean age 62 y, 76% men) were included in the analysis.


62 patients were allocated to nurse-led care. A specialist cardiac liaison nurse assessed the patients' needs to determine the content of monthly education sessions, which were alternatively led by the liaison nurse in the patients' homes and by the general practice team nurse in the practice clinic. Interventions addressing behavioural risk factors were based on the patient's readiness to change. The liaison nurse provided tailored information about the surgery, …

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  • Information provided by author.

  • Source of funding: National Health Service Management Executive.

  • For correspondence: Dr G M Lindsay, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. gliz{at}