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Family support for physical activity post-myocardial infarction: a qualitative study exploring the perceptions of cardiac rehabilitation practitioners.

Birtwistle, SB, Jones, ID, Murphy, RC, Gee, I and Watson, PM Family support for physical activity post-myocardial infarction: a qualitative study exploring the perceptions of cardiac rehabilitation practitioners. Nursing and Health Sciences. ISSN 1441-0745 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Physical activity post-myocardial infarction has numerous health benefits, yet uptake through cardiac rehabilitation is poor. Whilst family support can facilitate patients' recovery, little is known about the role family may play in supporting physical activity for post-myocardial infarction patients. This qualitative study used semi-structured interviews with fourteen cardiac rehabilitation practitioners to explore their perceptions about the role of the family in supporting post-myocardial infarction patients' physical activity. Data were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. Three familial roles were identified, 'family as a second pair of ears', 'family as physical activity regulators' and 'family as social support'. A fourth theme, 'factors that influence family support' described how family health beliefs and perceptions could influence the physical activity support provided. Practitioner perceptions suggest families play an important role in post-myocardial infarction patients' physical activity, that is enhanced when families personally value physical activity. Integrating the family into cardiac rehabilitation may help facilitate physical activity-related interactions and promote positive engagement for patients.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1110 Nursing, 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Wiley
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Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2021 12:51
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2021 11:35
DOI or Identification number: 10.1111/nhs.12806
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14235

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