Effectiveness of Health and Wellness Coaching

Health and Wellness Coaching (HWC) for primary stroke and CVD prevention: a randomised control trial.

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Aim: to determine the effectiveness of HWC for primary stroke prevention in Māori, Pasifika, Asians and NZ Europeans.

Strokes are the main cause of disease burden in older adults, yet evidence suggests more than 80% of strokes are preventable, with adequate control of modifiable risk factors. This proposal to test the effectiveness of Health and Wellness Coaching (HWC) for primary prevention of stroke, is particularly relevant to the ageing population where most strokes occur.

HWC is an innovative, structured, patient-focused multi-dimensional psychological intervention designed to motivate participants to adhere to recommended medication and lifestyle changes. This randomised control trial is being conducted in NZ to address the question: is HWC effective for primary stroke and CVD prevention in Māori, Pasifika, Asians and NZ Europeans? The primary outcome is a substantial relative risk reduction of CVD.

Project Team Leaders/Collaborators

  • Valery Feigin, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland
  • Alan Barber, The University of Auckland, Auckland
  • Elaine Rush, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland
  • Rita Krishnamurthi, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland
  • Bruce Arroll, The University of Auckland, Auckland
  • Suzanne Barker-Collo, The University of Auckland, Auckland
  • Alain Vandal, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland
  • Priya Parmar, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland
  • Himenoa Elder, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi
  • Alice Theadom, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland
  • Paul Brown, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland

Timeline:

November 2015 to July 2019.

Funded by:

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment - National Science Challenges, Ageing Well.

  • Research objective – to harness science to sustain health and wellbeing into the later years of life.