Given the high prevalence and burden, and the large expense and limited durability of surgical interventions, there is a need to identify effective, affordable and sustainable management options for People with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). Exercise is a key recommendation, and can provide significant improvements in symptoms and PAD-related outcomes.
This presentation will describe a brief behavioural counselling intervention being used in a NHMRC-funded multi-centre trial to promote walking in people with PAD. The counselling is based on the 5A framework and includes two individualised 1-hour face-to-face sessions and two 15-minute telephone calls over three months. The intervention is delivered by allied health professionals who receive training in the counselling protocol, and supervision from a psychologist.
Dr Nicola Burton is a senior research fellow at The UQ School of Human Movement & Nutrition Sciences. She is a registered psychologist with endorsements in clinical and health psychology.
Her research focusses on the psychosocial aspects of physical activity and health, including studies of physical activity participation patterns, determinants, links with wellbeing, and interventions to promote physical and psychological wellbeing.
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