Cardiac Rehabilitation Online Pilot: Extending Reach of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Rosemary O. Higgins, Michelle Rogerson, Barbara M. Murphy, Hema Navaratnam, Michael V. Butler, Lauren Barker, Alyna Turner, Jeffrey Lefkovits, Alun C. Jackson

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Background: While cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is recommended for all patients after an acute cardiac event, limitations exist in reach. Objective: The purpose of the current study was to develop and pilot a flexible online CR program based on self-management principles "Help Yourself Online." Methods: The program was designed as an alternative to group-based CR as well as to complement traditional CR. The program was based on existing self-management resources developed previously by the Heart Research Centre. Twenty-one patients admitted to Cabrini Health for an acute cardiac event were recruited to test the program. The program was evaluated using qualitative and quantitative methods. Results: Quantitative results demonstrated that patients believed the program would assist them in their self-management. Qualitative evaluation, using focus group and interview methods with 15 patients, showed that patients perceived the online CR approach to be a useful instrument for self-management. Conclusions: Broader implications of the data include the acceptability of the intervention, timing of intervention delivery, and patients' desire for additional online community support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-13
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • healthcare delivery
  • heart diseases
  • Internet
  • rehabilitation

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