Quality of weight-loss counseling by Dutch practice nurses in primary care: an observational study

S. van Dillen, J. Noordman, S. van Dulmen, G.J. Hiddink

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Background/objective:To assess the quality of weight-loss counseling provided by Dutch primary care practice nurses (PNs) to overweight and obese patients including both PNs' compliance with the Five A's Model for behavioral counseling in primary care, and the use of different communication styles. In addition, relationships between PN/patient characteristics (including Five A's) and communication styles will be examined.Subjects/methods:In this observational study, 100 videotaped real-life consultations, collected in 2010/2011, were viewed using an observational checklist. Selection of consultations was based on PNs' registration of patient's complaint. The quality of weight-loss counseling was assessed by the Five A's Model (sequence of evidence-based practice behaviors that are effective for helping patients to change health behaviors) and by PNs' communication styles. Moreover, several PN and patient characteristics were registered. Descriptive statistics and logistic regression analysis were conducted with significance set at P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-78
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • nutrition communication styles
  • physical-activity
  • general-practice
  • guidance practices
  • health-care
  • intervention
  • obesity
  • life
  • barriers
  • consultations

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