Developing a cardiac rehabilitation education resource for rural health workers in Queensland: Reviewing the Process and Outcomes

Parker, Elizabeth A., O’Connor-Fleming, Marylou, Tooth, Leigh, & Humphries, R. J. (2002) Developing a cardiac rehabilitation education resource for rural health workers in Queensland: Reviewing the Process and Outcomes. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 10(1), pp. 15-19.

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The provision of cardiac rehabilitation services to people living in rural and remote areas is often limited to the nearest large hospital situated in urban coastal centres, leaving a gap in the rehabilitation of cardiac patients. This paper discusses the development, composition and the results of a process evaluation of a cardiac rehabilitation education resource for rural health workers. The development of the structure and content of the manual were informed by a review of current rehabilitation literature, the results of focus groups with 60 rural health workers in five Queensland rural centres, and survey results of 135 rural cardiac patients admitted to five Queensland hospitals. The draft manual was trialled by health workers in seven rural centres throughout Queensland by the National Heart Foundation (Queensland Division). The results of the process evaluation provided valuable feedback on the efficacy of the manual as an educational resource for rural health workers in the cardiac rehabilitation of their patients. Specific content in the educational resource was strengthened as a result of this evaluation. The limitations of the evaluation and suggestions for its improvement are also discussed. The paper highlights the importance of this level of evaluation in the development of health promotion education resources

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ID Code: 10530
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: cardiac rehabilitation, evaluation, health promotion, rural health
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2002.tb00003.x
ISSN: 1440-1584
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Tertiary (Rehabilitative) (111004)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Blackwell Publishing
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Deposited On: 01 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2017 22:19

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