Cardiac rehabilitation programs represent opportunities to educate patients with cardiac disease about living wills and durable powers of attorney for health care.
The extent of advance directive education that is currently provided in cardiac rehabilitation programs, however, is unknown.
A questionnaire was mailed to nonphysician directors of cardiac rehabilitation programs to determine the programs'involvement in educating enrollees about end-of-life issues and the directors'opinions regarding the appropriateness of such education in cardiac rehabilitation curricula.
Data were presented as proportions with 95% confidence intervals (CIs).
Of the 1013 cardiac rehabilitation program directors, 845 (83%) responded to the questionnaire, of which 48 stated they were no longer enrolling patients.
Of the remaining 797 program directors (83%), 71% (95% CI, 67% - 74%) informed patients of their prognosis, but only 18% (95% CI, 15% - 20%) and 12% (95% CI, 9% - 14%) asked patients if they had a living will or a durable power of attorney for health care, respectively.
Only 9% (95% CI, 7% - 11%) offered educational sessions on advance directives and 17% distributed advance directive informational material.
Education about cardiopulmonary resuscitation was provided by 27% (95% CI, 23% - 30%), but only 3% (95% CI, 2% - 4%) provided information on do-not-resuscitate topics. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Cardiopathie, Programme éducatif, Réhabilitation, Education sanitaire, Homme, Appareil circulatoire pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Heart disease, Educational schedule, Rehabilitation, Health education, Human, Cardiovascular disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0390729
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 10/04/1997.