Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 40, Issue 11, November 2011

Lifestyle intervention A study on maintenance in general practice

Roshan Dhanapalaratnam Mahnaz Fanaian Mark F Harris
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This article aims to explore the factors contributing to sustained or nonsustained behaviour change following a lifestyle intervention in general practice.
Greater attention needs to be given to maintenance of behaviour change in lifestyle management programs. Following completion of the program, there needs to be greater support for relapse prevention and management and effective integration back into general practice.
Patients reported positive effects of the intervention on their behaviour change, especially the group peer support. However, their maintenance of these changes varied. Factors that contributed to sustained behaviour change included social support and self efficacy. Factors contributing to relapse included competing demands on time, comorbidity and stress.

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