Quality of life of post-myocardial infarction patients after two types of cardiac rehabilitation programs
Cardiac rehabilitation programs are often underutilized due to access issues (Curnier, Savage, & Ades, 2005). Home-based cardiac rehabilitation programs serve as an option to individuals who cannot access in-hospital programs. It is important to examine the outcomes of the two types of cardiac rehabilitation programs to improve quality of life. The purpose of this quasi-experimental study is to examine differences in quality of life in two groups of post-myocardial infarction patients, one group that participates in a traditional hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation program and the other group that participates in a home-based cardiac rehabilitation program. A convenience sample (n = 100) will be used. The organizing framework is Wilson and Cleary's conceptual model of Health-Related Quality of Life. Quality of life will be evaluated by using the Seattle Angina Questionnaire, with specific items designated to further examine symptom status, functional status, general health perceptions, and overall quality of life. Permission will be obtained from Ball State University and participating institutions. Findings will provide further detail related to the quality of life of post-myocardial infarction clientele enrolled in varying types of cardiac rehabilitation programs.