Are older patients' cardiac rehabilitation needs being met?

Elizabeth P. Tolmie, Grace M. Lindsay, Tim Kelly, Debbie Tolson, Susan Baxter, Philip R. Belcher

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The primary aim of this study was to examine the needs of older people in relation to cardiac rehabilitation and to determine if these were currently being met. A secondary aim was to compare illness representations, quality of life and anxiety and depression in groups with different levels of attendance at a cardiac rehabilitation programme. Coronary heart disease accounted for over seven million cardiovascular deaths globally in 2001. Associated deaths increase with age and are highest in those older than 65. Effective cardiac rehabilitation can assist independent function and maintain health but programme uptake rates are low. We have, therefore, focussed specifically on the older patient to determine reasons for the low uptake.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1878-1888
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • illness representations
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • nurses
  • older people


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