Using person-centred approaches to improve access to comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation
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Using person-centred approaches to improve access to comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation

Jessica Powell Lecturer in adult nursing, Health Sciences, University of York, York, England

Why you should read this article
  • To familiarise yourself with the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation for patients with cardiovascular disease

  • To understand the core components of a cardiac rehabilitation programme

  • To enhance your knowledge of how a person-centred approach optimises the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation has significant benefits for patients with cardiovascular disease in terms of physical health and psychosocial well-being. Comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programmes comprise graduated exercise, health education, psychological support, advice on preventive medicines, and stress management. However, service provision in the UK is inconsistent. Not all eligible patients are referred to cardiac rehabilitation programmes, and there are inequities in patient access linked to socio-economic status, gender, ethnic background, mental health issues, age and frailty. A person-centred approach would improve equity of access to cardiac rehabilitation programmes and ensure that all patients receive a programme of cardiac rehabilitation that is tailored to their needs and preferences. This article outlines the core components of a cardiac rehabilitation programme, discusses inequities in patient access, and suggests person-centred approaches that nurses can use in cardiac rehabilitation and other healthcare settings.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11462

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Conflict of interest

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Powell J (2020) Using person-centred approaches to improve access to comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11462

Published online: 20 January 2020