Davey, M and Moore, W and Walters, J, Tasmanian Aborigines step up to health: evaluation of a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and secondary prevention program, BMC Health Services Research, 14 Article 349. ISSN 1472-6963 (2014) [Refereed Article]
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Methods: Participants had established chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ischaemic heart disease or chronic heart failure or were at high risk of developing such diseases because of multiple risk factors. Rehabilitation programs (n = 13) comprised two exercise and one education session per week over eight weeks. Data, collected at baseline and on completion, included health status, risk factors, attendance, anthropometric measurements, physical capacity and quality of life. Data from participants who attended at least one program session were analysed. Qualitative written feedback from participants and staff was analysed thematically.
Results: Of 92 participants (39% with an established disease diagnosis), 72 provided follow-up data. Participants lost weight, and waist circumference decreased (mean -3.6 cm, 95% confidence interval (CI) -2.5 to -4.7). There were clinically significant improvements in six-minute walk distance (mean 55.7 m, 95% CI 37.8 to 73.7) and incremental shuttle walk (mean 106.2 m, 95% CI 79.1 to 133.2). There were clinically significant improvements in generic quality of life domains, dyspnoea and fatigue. Generally, the improvements in participants with established cardiac or respiratory diseases did not differ from that in people with risk factors. Analysis of qualitative data identified three factors that facilitated participation: support from peers and health workers, provision of transport and the program structure. Participants' awareness of improvements in their health contributed to ongoing participation and positive health outcomes, and participants would recommend the program to family and friends.
Conclusion: A cardiopulmonary program, which included exercise and education and met national guidelines, was designed and delivered specifically for the Aboriginal community. It increased participation in rehabilitation by Aborigines with, or at high risk of, established disease and led to positive changes in health behaviours, functional exercise capacity and health related quality of life.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Aboriginal, indigenous, Tasmania, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, health service access|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Health and community services|
|Objective Group:||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health|
|Objective Field:||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health system performance|
|UTAS Author:||Davey, M (Dr Maureen Davey)|
|UTAS Author:||Walters, J (Dr Julia Walters)|
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