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Long-term risk factor control after a cardiac rehabilitation programme

Toms, Lorelle, O`Neil, Maureen and Gardner, Anne 2003, Long-term risk factor control after a cardiac rehabilitation programme, Australian critical care, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 24-28, doi: 10.1016/S1036-7314(03)80025-5.

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Title Long-term risk factor control after a cardiac rehabilitation programme
Author(s) Toms, Lorelle
O`Neil, Maureen
Gardner, Anne
Journal name Australian critical care
Volume number 16
Issue number 1
Start page 24
End page 28
Publisher Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
Place of publication North Strathfield, N.S.W
Publication date 2003-02
ISSN 1036-7314
1878-1721
Summary This study examined the hypothesis that Phase II cardiac rehabilitation participants (CRP) had better long-term risk factor control, self-rated perception of health and return to work rates than non-participants (NP) between 18 and 36 months post myocardial infarction (MI). It was a comparative study in a 550 bed hospital.

Approximately half of both groups did not achieve a total cholesterol (TC) of 5.5mmol/L or less. Compared with NP, CRP were significantly more likely to have a TC<=6.5mmol/L (7% vs. 28%) (p=0.006). NP with TC>6.5mmol/L were significantly less likely to be on treatment (p=0.002). CRP were more likely to regularly exercise than NP (79% vs. 61%) (p=0.038). The success rate for blood pressure targets, return to work rates and self-rated perception of health were similar in both groups.

In conclusion, CRP had better long-term control of some risk factors than NP. The study provides comparative longer term patient outcomes after an Australian cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programme and forms the basis for further outcome measurement.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S1036-7314(03)80025-5
Field of Research 111004 Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009278

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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