"No more couch-potato!" Patients' experiences of a pre-operative programme of cardiac rehabilitation for those awaiting coronary artery bypass surgery

Maria Mooney, Donna Fitzsimons, Geoff Richardson

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The waiting period for coronary artery bypass surgery is a difficult time for patients and families. Pre-operative cardiac rehabilitation may be safe and effective, but there is limited evidence regarding patients' experience and perceptions of such intervention.

AIM: To describe patients' experiences of a pre-operative programme of cardiac rehabilitation developed specifically for those awaiting coronary artery bypass surgery.

METHOD: A convenience sample of eight patients awaiting non-urgent surgery who had completed a 12 week pilot programme of cardiac rehabilitation were invited to be interviewed using a descriptive phenomenological approach. Domicillary interviews using an open technique were taped, transcribed and analysed using Colaizzi's framework.

RESULTS: Participants described this programme as a useful means of improving exercise capacity and decreasing anxiety. Through the combination of exercise, advice and support participants stated that their initial fear that exercise would cause a heart attack was replaced with confidence, enabling them to become fitter and modify other risk factors.

CONCLUSIONS: Findings of this study suggest that the programme was acceptable and perceived as beneficial by participants. Further research is required to evaluate the efficacy of pre-operative rehabilitation on risk factor modification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-83
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007

Keywords

  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Coronary Disease
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Fear
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Physical Fitness
  • Preoperative Care
  • Waiting Lists
  • Journal Article

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