Person-centred rehabilitation for hard-to-reach groups

Janine Scott, Lesley Price, Grace Lindsay

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Nurses play a key role in leading and delivering cardiac rehabilitation within multidisciplinary teams, and continually face new challenges. However, one aspect of service delivery that remains a particular issue and challenge within many cardiac rehabilitation services is poor patient uptake of phase 3 cardiac rehabilitation programmes. Although there are a variety of factors that may affect uptake, it has been identified that despite efforts lack of equal access for sub groups of patients such as women, those from socio-economically deprived groups, ethnic minority groups and the elderly, remains an issue. This article provides a review of the literature exploring the existing issues affecting attendance within these groups, and offers some recommendations for local changes in service delivery to overcome some of the identified barriers to non- engagement or early drop out from programmes. The aim of the article is to discuss ways in which nurses can strengthen the person-centred approach to identify ways of improving uptake further in these hard-to-reach groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Cardiac Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


  • rehabilitation
  • cardiac
  • nursing


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