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Dissertation

Development of a tele-health cardiac rehabilitation program: Working with the client for optimal health

2 May 2014

Abstract

Cardiac rehabilitation decreases mortality, decreases recurrent myocardial infarctions and increases physical and psychosocial functioning after a myocardial infarction (MI). Treatment post-MI is most effective for patients when it is tailored to meet their own needs. Patients are also more likely to participate in treatment that is tailored to fit their specific needs. It has been found that tele-health increases patient’s utilization of rehabilitation and treatment after they have been diagnosed with a chronic illness, such as heart disease. Despite these findings, people are not utilizing cardiac rehabilitation post MI, especially women and older adults.

This study utilized an online treatment options booklet for patients’ post-myocardial infarction, to find which treatments the patient believed they would participate in, and provided them information to participate in said treatments. A tele-health intervention tailored to the MI patients’ own needs to increase their utilization of cardiac rehabilitation post-MI.


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