Participation in community-based exercise maintenance programs after completion of hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation: A mixed-method study

Alexander M. Clark, Claire Mundy, Sonnda Catto, Paul D. MacIntyre

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Abstract

Objective: To understand the characteristics associated with participation in community-based exercise maintenance programs in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) after completion of hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation in Scotland. METHODS:: A mixed-methods approach was used (survey and focus groups) to explore determinants of participation in community-based exercise maintenance programs. RESULTS:: Of 112 patients (67% male), 81 patients responded (73% response rate). Knowledge was high of the importance (19.2%) or high importance (75.6%) of physical activity to cardiac health. However, the focus groups identified that use of community-based exercise maintenance programs was affected by personal confidence, perceived meaningful support for people with CHD, and suitability of exercises to CHD patients. CONCLUSIONS:: Decisions regarding the use of community-based exercise maintenance programs after hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation appear to be impacted by a range of factors linked to the views of exercise, confidence, and suitability of the program regimen to the individual with CHD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-46
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan. 2011

Keywords

  • cardiovascular health
  • cardiovascular secondary prevention
  • exercise
  • health services
  • physical activity

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