Craig Eales

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AIM The effectiveness of the support of a healthcare practitioner and a family member in producing changes in cardiovascular risk factor modification was tested in a randomised, controlled trial in patients with hypertension. METHODS The primary outcome measured after the 24-week intervention was blood pressure change. Secondary outcomes included(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence suggests that populations in Africa develop Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) at an increasing rate as they reject their traditional lifestyles. Diabetes is the tenth most common cause for total life years lost in females in South Africa. Physical activity is under-used in the management of type 2 DM in South Africa. AIM To investigate the(More)
This study was conducted on a South African cohort to establish the actors that may predict the successful outcome of coronary artery bypass surgery when assessed in terms of improved quality of life one year after the surgery. Information was sought on the socio-economic status of patients, their risk-factor profiles and clinical history. From the patient(More)
In an effort to optimise the physiotherapy management of patients with penetrating stab wounds to the chest, 26 male patients, aged between 18 and 30 years, were randomised to one of two groups on admission to Hillbrow Hospital. The patients in group I received chest physiotherapy immediately after insertion of the intercostal drain, while patients in group(More)
We surveyed the membership of aphasia self-help groups in England. We wanted to know what kinds of people become members and the factors associated with taking an active role. So we aimed to describe the membership in terms of age, aphasia severity, physical state, socio-economic status and group roles. We collected data on 135 members and found them(More)
A third of all persons over the age of 65 suffer from hypertension. The incidence in South African blacks is particularly high. Exercise, although effective in lowering blood pressure, has not gained acceptance for its antihypertensive benefits. It would certainly be an inexpensive management option in community-based clinics in South Africa. In this paper,(More)