From: Fuseworks Media
A Massey University researcher has received funding to assess
cardiac rehabilitation services to better tailor the programmes for
patients, particularly Maori.
Dr Geoff Kira of the School of Sport and Exercise in Massey's
College of Health says little research has been done on cardiac
rehabilitation services in New Zealand, despite 80 per cent of
people not completing it.
Dr Kira says exercise and advice on diet and lifestyle are the
keys to successful rehabilitation, but getting patients to engage
in the programmes is difficult.
He has been awarded a fellowship by the New Zealand Heart
Foundation to look at this issue, focusing on Maori in the
"Maori live mainly in rural areas in this region, so getting
them to a clinic or a session can be a problem," Dr Kira says. "But
we have to give them access to the services somehow - whether it be
home-based, or whether we do clinics and bus them in, we need to
find a way that ensures they engage."
Dr Kira will first interview potential participants in cardiac
"These are people that are in hospital at the moment or are
recently discharged. We need to find out what the obstacles to
their continued involvement in rehabilitation are. We'll also talk
to those who provide the services to get their thoughts."
This will give an idea of how cardiac rehabilitation services
should be constructed. "At this stage we don't know what we are
going to provide or recommend. We need to go right back and ask why
what we are currently offering doesn't work."
He hopes to have the interviews completed by the middle of next
year and will begin putting together a plan for cardiac
rehabilitation based on that information.