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dc.contributor.authorArndt, M.
dc.contributor.authorMurchie, F.
dc.contributor.authorSchembri, A.
dc.contributor.authorDavidson, Patricia
dc.identifier.citationArndt, Maryse and Murchie, Fiona and Schembri, Anthony and Davidson, Patricia. 2009. Others Had Similar Problems and You Were Not Alone. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 24 (4): pp. 328-335.

Background: Dealing with psychological and social issues is an important aspect of comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs. Study Aim: This study aims to evaluate the use of an open-group mutual aid model facilitated by a social worker and occupational therapist in a secondary prevention CR program. Method: A mixed-method study, using questionnaires, focus group data, and reflective interviews of group facilitators, was used to evaluate the program. Study findings: Key themes emerging from this study were (1) the need for provision of hope; (2) a desire for structure and support; (3) appreciation of support of fellow group participants; and (4) the need to individuals to review, process, and interpret their illness trajectory. Conclusions: In this single site study, an open-group model using a mutual aid model was acceptable and helpful as a method to facilitate adjustment after an acute cardiac event. Further evaluation of this approach using experimental methods is warranted.

dc.publisherLippincott Williams and Wilkins
dc.subjectcardiac rehabilitation
dc.subjectmutual aid model
dc.subjectpsychosocial issues
dc.subjectsocial worker
dc.subjectoccupational therapist
dc.titleOthers Had Similar Problems and You Were Not Alone
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleJournal of Cardiovascular Nursing
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curtin.facultyFaculty of Health Sciences
curtin.facultyCentre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care
curtin.facultyNursing and Midwifery Sydney

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