Re: Cardiac rehabilitation and carers
Sally Macgreror raises a pertinent point about the involvement and role of care givers in cardiac rehabilitation. We believe that caregivers play a key role and can enhance the recovery and well-being of patients after cardiac surgery or after a recent diagnosis of a cardiac illness such as a heart attack or heart failure.
We appreciate that we could have given more information about the role of carers and only made a passing reference to carers in the last line of our clinical review. May we draw attention to the resources for patients and carers that were included in the article. The following link has personal stories from patients who have had a heart attack with stories from 37 people - including four carers:
The role of care givers in people with long term conditions was recently the subject of a BMJ editorial and we have responded to this outlining our special interest and the research we are conducting in this important but neglected area. http://www.bmj.com/content/352/bmj.i1651/rr
In our current National Institute for Health Research(NIHR) funded study for the management of heart failure we are specifically looking at the effect of carers on patients and also how it affects their quality of life. Further information is available on:
Hasnain M Dalal, Honorary clinical associate professor, University of Exeter Medical School (Primary Care), Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3HD.
Jenny Wingham, Senior Clinical Researcher, Knowledge Spa Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust Truro TR1 3HD
Rod S Taylor, chair of health services research, academic lead for Exeter Clinical Trials Support Network, NIHR senior investigator, Institute of Health Research, University of Exeter Medical School, South Cloisters St Luke’s Campus, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Competing interests: No competing interests