International Journal of
Medicine and Medical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Med. Med. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9723
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJMMS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 531

Full Length Research Paper

Evaluation of the Liverpool Cardiac Phase-4 Rehabilitation Programme – A service user-led community-based investigation

Norman J Heritage
  • Norman J Heritage
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
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Edward Barnes
  • Edward Barnes
  • Heart Support Network, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
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Brian Perry
  • Brian Perry
  • Heart Support Network, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
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Belinda Nelson
  • Belinda Nelson
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
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Matthew Shaw
  • Matthew Shaw
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
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Bashir M. Matata
  • Bashir M. Matata
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
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  •  Accepted: 20 April 2010
  •  Published: 30 June 2010

Abstract

In Liverpool, standard Cardiac Phase-4 Programme varied from 3 - 9 months depending on centre attended. Evidence for setting the duration and patient contact frequency for community-based cardiac rehabilitation is uncertain. This study was carried out to explore how participants rated the 3 months Cardiac Phase-4 Programme whether it was long enough and whether it changed their lifestyle for the better. Questionnaires were administered at the end of the cardiac phase-4 rehabilitation programme and during 3 and 6 months follow-up in the community. The results indicated that about 90% of responders rated the programme to be excellent or good and that the score remained similar even when participants were followed-up at 3 and 6 months after discharge from the cardiac phase-4 rehabilitation programme. A similar pattern of response was observed for active lifestyle and duration of the Cardiac Phase-4 Programme. Interestingly, the MacNew Heart disease health-related quality of life scores remained similar even at 3 and 6 months after rehabilitation was completed. The result of this study indicates that a 3-months Cardiac Phase-4 Programme in Liverpool was sufficiently long and that service users rated the programme very highly.

Key words: Cardiac, phase-4 rehabilitation, lifestyle changes.

Abbreviation

Abbreviations: CAD, Coronary artery disease; HRQL, healthrelated  quality of life; SURE, service users research endeavour.