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Table 2 Treatment programs and follow-up schedules for the different risk factors in both treatment groups

From: Randomized controlled trial on cardiovascular risk management by practice nurses supported by self-monitoring in primary care

Risk factor Control group Intervention group
Overweight · One single advice + standard information leaflet from Dutch GP society. · Intensive counseling and feedback on energy intake and expenditure, supported by food diary, home weight scale (Microlife WS 80), step diary and pedometer (Yamax digiwalker SW-200).
  · More counseling or referral only on patient’s request · Follow-up 3 times at monthly intervals and after that at 3-monthly intervals.
Smoking · One single advice + standard information leaflet from Dutch GP society. · Intensive counseling and feedback based on Stage of Change, Minimal Intervention Strategy and Dutch GP guideline.
  · More counseling or referral only on patient’s request · Follow-up monthly until planned date of quitting and after that at increasing intervals.
Physical inactivity* · One single advice + standard information leaflet from Dutch GP society. · Intensive counseling and feedback on increasing physical activity, supported by step diary and pedometer (Yamax digiwalker SW-200).
  · More counseling or referral only on patient’s request · Follow-up 3 times at monthly intervals en after that at 3-monthly intervals.
Hypertension Medication and follow-up according to Dutch GP guideline. Follow-up: monthly (hypert.) /3-monthly (hyperchol.) until optimal treatment. Same as control group except feedback based on home measurements (Microlife Watch BP Home).
Hypercholesterolemia   Same as control group.
  1. * If participants also had an indication to lose weight, increase of physical activity was not a separate goal.