Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation among physiotherapists in Lebanon

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Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation among physiotherapists in Lebanon


JournalBulletin of Faculty of Physical Therapy
Article typeJournal research article – Clinical research
Publication date – Jan – 2022
Authors – Rebecca Farah, Wim Groo, Milena Pavlova
KeywordsCardiopulmonary rehabilitation, Lebanon, Physical activity, prevention
Open access – Yes
SpecialityCardiothoracic surgery
World region Middle East
Country: Lebanon
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on January 22, 2022 at 3:52 am
Abstract:

Background
Insufficient physical activity is one of the leading mortality risks worldwide for cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. Physiotherapists (PT) are core healthcare professionals who play a major role in the prevention of disease complications and in inspiring a healthy lifestyle. To identify challenges in the promotion of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation (CR) in Lebanon, a survey was conducted among PT and physiotherapy students. The aim was to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of CR in Lebanon.

Results
The response rate was 46.1% (N = 322). Results show that 24.5% of respondents have good to excellent knowledge about CR. More than 60% of the respondents indicate possible barriers to starting a CR program, and one of two respondents identify the absence of skills as a main barrier. Findings highlight the importance of the role of PT as a mediator to increase a healthy lifestyle among patients and to promote the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and pulmonary diseases in the country.

Conclusions and recommendations
Our results support the evidence and clinical guidelines that PT play a major role by increasing the participation of patients in CR. A cost-effective CR program needs to be covered by the private and public system in Lebanon.

OSI Number – 21456

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