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A pilot study of the feasibility of an internet-based electronic Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation (eOCR) programme in rural primary care

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by R Clark, P Tideman, R Tirimacco, K Wanguhu, V Poulsen, P Simpson, Mitchell DuncanMitchell Duncan, Anetta Van ItallieAnetta Van Itallie, Kelly CorryKelly Corry, Corneel VandelanotteCorneel Vandelanotte
Background: Interventions that facilitate access to cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention programmes are in demand. Methods: This pilot study used a mixed methods design to evaluate the feasibility of an Internet-based, electronic Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation (eOCR). Patients who had suffered a cardiac event and their case managers were recruited from rural primary practices. Feasibility was evaluated in terms of the number of patients enrolled and patient and case manager engagement with the eOCR website. Results: Four rural general practices, 16 health professionals (cardiologists, general practitioners, nurses and allied health) and 24 patients participated in the project and 11 (46%) completed the programme. Utilisation of the website during the 105 day evaluation period by participating health professionals was moderate to low (mean of 8.25 logins, range 0–28 logins). The mean login rate for patients was 16 (range 1–77 logins), mean time from first login to last (days using the website) was 51 (range 1–105 days). Each patient monitored at least five risk factors and read at least one of the secondary prevention articles. There was low utilisation of other tools such as weekly workbooks and discussion boards. Conclusions: It was important to evaluate how an eOCR website would be used within an existing healthcare setting.These results will help to guide the implementation of future internet based cardiac rehabilitation programmes considering barriers such as access and appropriate target groups of participants.

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Volume

22

Issue

5

Start Page

352

End Page

359

Number of Pages

8

eISSN

1444-2892

ISSN

1443-9506

Location

Australia

Publisher

Elsevier Australia

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Physical Activity Studies; Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation; Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); Integrated Cardiovascular Clinical Network (South Australia); National Heart Foundation of Australia; Nursing and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation; Waikerie Medical Centre;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Heart, lung and circulation.

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