Doctor of Nursing Practice
Family Nurse Practioner
Year Degree Awarded
Month Degree Awarded
Plant-based diet, plant-based nutrition, Cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular risk factors, cardiovascular health
Dr. Pamela Aselton
DNP Project Chair
Dr. Pamela Aselton
DNP Project Outside Member Name
Dr. Armand Golchin
Background: Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally with risk factors that can be prevented through healthy behavioral and lifestyle habits, such as a diet that is high in healthy plant-based foods. Despite current guideline-based recommendations and evidence that supports a plant-based diet for cardiovascular health, there is a lack of understanding amongst healthcare providers regarding diet as a core aspect of primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular risk factors.
Purpose: Implementation of an educational toolkit with resources on a plant-based diet and its benefits for cardiovascular health.
Methods: Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and registered nurses, located at Healthcare Systems in Florida were selected to participate in this educational toolkit from October 2020 to February 2021, which included consent form, pre-educational survey, PowerPoint presentation, post-educational and follow-up toolkit survey. Descriptive statistics were utilized to describe survey data outcomes.
Results: The educational intervention increased provider self-reported and concept-based knowledge of the plant-based diet by 34 % and 20%, respectively, and encouraged the recommendation of a plant-based diet and use of toolkit resources as patient resources.
Conclusion: An educational toolkit with evidence-based resources may be a useful approach for providing education and resources to healthcare providers on a plant-based diet and cardiovascular health and disease prevention.
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