"Others had similar problems and you were not alone": Evaluation of an open-group mutual aid model in cardiac rehabilitation

Maryse Arndt, Fiona Murchie, Anthony M. Schemb, Patricia M. Davidson

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Abstract

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 for 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-335
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Mutual aid model
  • Occupational therapist
  • Psychosocial issues
  • Social worker

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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