Psycho-Social Support for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease (CVD): Barriers to a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (CRP)

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Date created: 
2016-07-28
Identifier: 
etd9729
Keywords: 
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Barriers
Drop-out
Self-Efficacy
Abstract: 

Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs (CRP) are effective behavioural interventions that reduce morbidity and mortality in patients with cardiovascular disease. Despite the myriad of benefits, participation remains sub-optimal with drop-out rates as high as 60%. Patients who discontinue CRP are under-treated and consequently, are at greater risk for further cardiac events. It is imperative to find alternative strategies to support to this high-risk population. The objectives of the present thesis were three fold: i) to identify baseline characteristics of participants who previously dropped-out of a CRP (chapter 2); ii) to assess self-efficacy among patients who complete a CRP versus those who drop-out (chapter 3); iii) to test the feasibility of an Internet-mediated VC intervention to provide ongoing psycho-social support among patients who previously dropped-out of a CRP (chapter 4).

Document type: 
Thesis
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This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
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Senior supervisor: 
Scott Lear
Department: 
Science: Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.Sc.
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