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Improving the odds of compliance: using a brief telephone call to decrease pre-treatment attrition in cardiac rehabilitation


Cooley, P and Kubitz, K and Pedersen, S and Williams, A, Improving the odds of compliance: using a brief telephone call to decrease pre-treatment attrition in cardiac rehabilitation, Universal Journal of Public Health, 1, (2) pp. 20-25. ISSN 2331-8880 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.13189/ujph.2013.010202


The purpose of this study was to test the effect of a brief telephone intervention based on the principles of motivational interviewing to reduce pre-treatment attrition in an Australian cardiac rehabilitation centre. The study was an intact comparison randomly trial. Twenty-eight adult patients diagnosed with symptoms associated with cardio-vascular disease, who were noncompliant to an initial appointment, were randomized to receive either a standard cue call or a motivational interview-based recruitment call. Compliance was measured as attendance at a booked session at the cardiac rehabilitation center. Results showed that patients who received a motivational based telephone call had 6 times the odds as those who received a standard cue telephone call for attending a booked appointment. Reducing pre-treatment attrition from cardio-vascular rehabilitation centers can be accomplished with a brief telephone intervention, which incorporates the spirit of motivational interviewing.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:motivational interviewing, pre-treatment attrition, cardiac rehabilitation
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Preventative health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Cooley, P (Associate Professor Dean Cooley)
UTAS Author:Pedersen, S (Dr Scott Pedersen)
UTAS Author:Williams, A (Associate Professor Andrew Williams)
ID Code:87523
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-11-21
Last Modified:2014-07-29
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