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Disler P., Bradd J., Foldesi T., Da Silva C., McConachy D., Lowthian P.
Victorian Rehabilitation, Research Institute Cedar Court Health South Rehabilitation, Hospital and University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
BACKGROUND: To audit the outcomes of older, dependent patients, admitted for an inpatient cardiac rehabilitation programme.
METHODS: Design: cross sectional audit of hospital records. Participants and setting: 57 patients over the age of 65 years, admitted for inpatient cardiac rehabilitation to the Cedar Court Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.
RESULTS: After a relatively brief period of in-patient rehabilitation, there was a statistically significant increase in the patients’ independence in activities of daily living (as assessed by a standardised tool, the FIM) and a positive change in both anxiety and depression. All patients were discharged home.
CONCLUSIONS: Despite the increased availability of outpatient cardiac rehabilitation programmes, there continues to be a demand for inpatient programmes for selected patients after acute cardiac treatment. Participation in the audited programme, resulted in excellent rehabilitation outcomes.