An evaluation of a primary and secondary care cardiac rehabilitation service pathway
Trotman-Beasty, Anita; McKenna, Jim; Ingle, Lee
Professor Lee Ingle L.Ingle@hull.ac.uk
Background: The aim of the study was to assess the synergy between patient treatment pathways in two large primary care trusts (PCTs) and general practices for patients following myocardial infarction (MI) and after completing a 12-week cardiac rehabilitation (CR) hear t manual programme in Kingston-Upon-Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Methods: Of the 50 practice nurses randomly selected from local GP surgeries and invited to participate, 40 questionnaires were returned and two practice nurses volunteered to be inter viewed.
Results: Four key themes were identified: knowledge of the ‘heart manual programme’ (HMP); information received or used post-HMP; post-MI follow-up routines of practice nurses; the practice nurse: assessment.
Conclusions: It appears that current CR provision in Kingston-uponHull and the East Riding of Yorkshire may be fragmented and duplicative, leading to poor cost effectiveness as both primary and secondary care providers are working to conflicting government targets. The system fails to build on the strengths of the health professionals working within it. We recommend the development of an integrated, standardized care pathway that we hope will bring a ‘joined-up’ solution to a disjointed problem.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publisher||Mark Allen Healthcare|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Trotman-Beasty, A., McKenna, J., & Ingle, L. (2009). An evaluation of a primary and secondary care cardiac rehabilitation service pathway. British journal of cardiac nursing, 4(4), 178-184|