Linda Creadon Shanks, PhD DNP RN, is an assistant professor at the University of Akron.
Predictors of Cardiac Rehabilitation Initiation
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2007 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 32, Issue 4, pages 152–157, July-August 2007
How to Cite
Shanks, L. C., Moore, S. M. and Zeller, R. A. (2007), Predictors of Cardiac Rehabilitation Initiation. Rehabilitation Nursing, 32: 152–157. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2007.tb00169.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- cardiac rehabilitation;
- exercise initiation;
- health beliefs
This study determines the effects of 15 potential predictors on cardiac rehabilitation (CR) initiation: demographic information, measures of perceived severity, perceived susceptibility, perceived cardiac threat, social support, depression, comorbid conditions, left ventricular ejection fraction, strength of physician recommendation, and benefits and barriers. Results showed that greater strength of physician recommendation and less disease severity were significant predictors of higher levels of CR initiation; female gender was a marginally significant predictor of less CR initiation. The strength of the associations for these predictors varied. Strength of physician recommendation was the strongest predictor. This information can be used to increase the number of patients starting CR through programs designed to increase physician awareness of the importance of their recommendation, the continuing need to refer women to CR, and the need to design programs that meet women's needs.