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An Exploration of the Experiences of South Asian Patients as they Navigate the Cardiac Rehabilitation Journey.

Lotto, RR, Jones, ID and Newson, LM An Exploration of the Experiences of South Asian Patients as they Navigate the Cardiac Rehabilitation Journey. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. ISSN 1749-6403 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Background/Aims: South Asian individuals are at a greater risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease. Cardiac Rehabilitation reduces the risk of future cardiac events, yet uptake is low from South Asian populations. This study explored South Asian patients’ understanding and experiences of cardiac rehabilitation. Methods: This qualitaitve semi-structured study sought to recruit a purposeful sample of 36 eligible patients, of which 6 participated in an interview that explored their experiences and perceptions of cardiac rehabilitation. Data were analysed using inductive analysis. Results: Three themes are presented: Starting the Conversation; Expectation versus Reality; and Meeting Our Needs. Patients perceived cardiac rehabilitation as additional support rather than a fundamental part of care, resulting from a lack of information during the in-hospital phase. Moreover, they considered the content of CR programmes to lack cultural sensitivity, influencing both attendance and perceived relevance. Conclusions: Nurses must promote cardiac rehabilitation during the acute phase of recovery whilst considering the South Asian patient’s beliefs, perceptions, knowledge, and cultural acceptance of cardiac rehabilitation. Invitations to attend, and cardiac rehabilitation delivery must be personalised, accounting for cultural influences on lifestyle.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1102 Cardiorespiratory Medicine and Haematology, 1110 Nursing, 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Nursing & Allied Health
Psychology (new Sep 2019)
Publisher: MA Healthcare
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2022 10:11
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2022 10:15
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15987

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