Coronary risk factor behavior change in hospital personnel following a screening program

C. A. Baier, C. J. Grodzin, J. D. Port, L. Leksas, Daniel J Tancredi

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We conducted a worksite cardiovascular disease (CVD) awareness and education program at a large medical center. The program consisted of employee screening for blood pressure and total serum cholesterol level, dissemination of information on risk factors for CVD, counseling on behavior change, and evaluation of the screening event as an educational tool. During this five-day event, 2284 employees were screened for hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. Consenting employees completed a health risk appraisal survey (n = 2255) and received counseling on their results and CVD risk factors. Appropriate referrals to health care professionals and educational programs were made according to national guidelines. We developed three-month and six-month follow-up surveys and distributed them to all participating employees. The analysis of these data suggests some positive impact upon behavior change within this employee population. In addition to the two follow-up surveys, we held a second blood pressure and serum cholesterol screening eight months after the initial screening. Comparison of the levels taken from both screenings (n = 234) suggests that worksite screening programs may influence significant serum cholesterol and blood pressure reductions in high-risk employees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-122
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine
Volume8
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Hospital Personnel
Risk-Taking
Cardiovascular Diseases
Cholesterol
Blood Pressure
Workplace
Counseling
Serum
Health Status Indicators
Information Dissemination
Hypercholesterolemia
Referral and Consultation
Guidelines
Hypertension
Delivery of Health Care
Education
Population
Surveys and Questionnaires

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Coronary risk factor behavior change in hospital personnel following a screening program. / Baier, C. A.; Grodzin, C. J.; Port, J. D.; Leksas, L.; Tancredi, Daniel J.

In: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 2, 1992, p. 115-122.

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Baier, C. A. ; Grodzin, C. J. ; Port, J. D. ; Leksas, L. ; Tancredi, Daniel J. / Coronary risk factor behavior change in hospital personnel following a screening program. In: American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 1992 ; Vol. 8, No. 2. pp. 115-122.
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