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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 72-77

Prevention of cardiovascular disease in India: Barriers and opportunities for nursing


1 Manipal College of Nursing Manipal, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
2 Stanford Prevention Research Center, Cardiovascular Medicine and Coronary Interventions, Redwood City, California, USA
3 Department of Community medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Ms. Sulochana Badagabettu
Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal University, Manipal - 576 104, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JCPC.JCPC_31_17

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Currently, the nursing profession lacks specialized training, to be a part of preventive cardiovascular healthcare team. The article aims to describe the obstacles Indian nurses face in becoming active and valued members of the cardiovascular healthcare team and to propose solutions. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) imposes substantial and increasing physical, psychological, societal, and financial burdens. More emphasis needs to be placed on preventive measures, which should be made available and affordable in rural as well as urban areas. Nurses are well positioned to be leaders in these initiatives. However, nurses in India face numerous obstacles in providing optimal care, including a significant shortage of trained personnel. Nursing education at advanced levels needs to be standardized and should reflect core competencies. Appropriate use of nursing resources in CVD prevention can allow physicians to treat the sickest patients, reduce cost of care, and help relieve the human burden of morbidity and mortality due to CVD.


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