Current Nutrition Practice in Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs
Kocanda, Lucy; Schumacher, Tracy L.; Kerr, Jane; May, Jennifer; Rollo, Megan E.; Neubeck, Lis; Brown, Leanne J.
Tracy L. Schumacher
Megan E. Rollo
Prof Lis Neubeck L.Neubeck@napier.ac.uk
Leanne J. Brown
This study sought to determine current practice regarding nutrition care within cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs, including perceived barriers and facilitators to providing nutrition care in this setting.
A cross-sectional survey was conducted in October and November 2019. Potential participants were program coordinators, identified through the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association program directory and invited to participate via e-mail.
Forty-nine respondents (response rate: 13%) are included in this analysis. Programs provided group (n = 42, 86%) and/or individual (n = 25, 51%) nutrition education, and most were supported by a dietitian (63%). However, the availability of dietitians and nutrition care provided at CR was variable. For example, individual education was consistently provided at 13 programs and usually by health professionals other than dietitians. Eight programs (16%) used a formal behavior change framework for nutrition care. Generally, respondents were positive about the role of nutrition; CR coordinators perceived nutrition as a valuable component of the program, and that they had good nutrition knowledge. An identified barrier was the financial resources available to support the provision of nutrition care.
To ensure that patients receive the benefits of evidence-based nutrition care, program staff may require additional support, particularly regarding the use of evidence-based behavior change techniques. Key facilitators that may be leveraged to achieve this include the high value and priority that CR program coordinators place on nutrition care.
Kocanda, L., Schumacher, T. L., Kerr, J., May, J., Rollo, M. E., Neubeck, L., & Brown, L. J. (2021). Current Nutrition Practice in Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 41(6), E32-E38. https://doi.org/10.1097/hcr.0000000000000588
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Online Publication Date||Feb 15, 2021|
|Deposit Date||Nov 30, 2021|
|Journal||Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention|
|Publisher||Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||behavior change, cardiac rehabilitation, diet, nutrition|
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