Spouse health behavior outcomes from a randomized controlled trial of a spouse-assisted lifestyle change intervention to improve patient low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.
This study evaluated spouse health behavior outcomes from a randomized controlled trial of a spouse-assisted lifestyle intervention to reduce patient low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and improve patient health behaviors. Participants were 251 spouses of patients from the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center randomized to intervention or usual care. The intervention comprised 9 monthly telephone calls to patients and spouses. Outcomes were assessed at baseline, 6 and 11 months. At 11 months, there were no differences in spouse outcomes between intervention and usual care groups for moderate intensity physical activity (i.e., frequency, duration) or dietary intake (i.e., total calories, total fat, percentage of calories from total fat, saturated fat, percentage of calories from saturated fat, cholesterol, fiber). To improve spouse outcomes, couple interventions may need to include spouse behavior change goals and reciprocal support between patients and spouses and consider the need for improvement in spouse outcomes.
King, HA; Jeffreys, AS; McVay, MA; Coffman, CJ; Voils, CI
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