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Effective Change of Behaviour of the Elderly in Normal General Practice

75 Years
95 Years
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Health Behaviour

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Trial Information

Effective Change of Behaviour of the Elderly in Normal General Practice

There is evidence that both sedentary lifestyle and high sodium diets contribute to
cardiovascular disease and possibly dementia among the elderly. There is a need to show that
minimal intervention can reduce sodium intake and increase fitness in the elderly. Finland
has shown that five dietician visits/year could change diet in respect to fat and fibre. In
Australia the National Health Insurer (Medicare) funds five allied health visits/year for
those with chronic disease, hence our use of this model. This is consistent with WHO
guidelines for a national approach using existing health infrastructure. The elderly
(75-95yrs) were chosen as this group is thought most difficult to change behaviour and has a
higher incidence of dementia.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Living independently

- Must be able to walk for six minutes

Exclusion Criteria:

- Dementia as defined by Standardised Mini-Mental State Examination score <25/30

- All patients of HealthHQ-Southport General Practice

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention

Outcome Measure:

the change in morning urine sodium/potassium ratio

Outcome Description:

this measure is to reflect sodium intake. A 24hr urinary sodium cannot be readily validated as an accurate collection and even in the Trials of Hypertension Prevention study was changed to 8hrs to assist compliance. A spot morning ratio is a useful marker of sodium intake for group evaluation.

Outcome Time Frame:

between enrollment and six months

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Norman A Hohl, MBBS, FRACGP

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Medical Director Health HQ, Ass Prof Bond Uni Faculty Health Science


Australia: National Health and Medical Research Council

Study ID:




Start Date:

October 2008

Completion Date:

December 2010

Related Keywords:

  • Health Behaviour
  • Elderly
  • Sodium reduction
  • Fitness increase
  • Primary Care