Cardiac rehabilitation: Adding years to life and life to years

Thompson, David (2009) Cardiac rehabilitation: Adding years to life and life to years. Journal of Research in Nursing, 14 3: 207-219. doi:10.1177/1744987109102733


Author Thompson, David
Title Cardiac rehabilitation: Adding years to life and life to years
Journal name Journal of Research in Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1744-9871
Publication date 2009-05
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1744987109102733
Volume 14
Issue 3
Start page 207
End page 219
Total pages 13
Editor Veronica Bishop
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
321003 Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
920103 Cardiovascular System and Diseases
110201 Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
Abstract Cardiac rehabilitation is an integral component of comprehensive cardiac care and is effective in reducing morbidity and mortality and improving quality of life. However, despite a 50-year-history and extensive evidence base attesting to its clinical and cost-effectiveness, including adding years to life and life to years, and exhortations that its implementation should be a key priority, the majority of cardiac patients do not receive rehabilitation. There is a comparative dearth of funding and wide variation in service provision, with a health care system that often fails to address issues such as sub-optimal referral, enrolment and completion, particularly amongst certain potential user groups that could benefit. This paper reviews these issues and suggests ways of overcoming the obstacles identified. It also highlights some of the knowledge gaps and areas that warrant further research.
Keyword cardiac rehabilitation
morbidity
mortality
quality of life
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