By Melissa Hartman
11 Jan

The Importance of Research to the ACHD Patient, Continued

Friday, January 11, 2019

To quickly recap from my last post on this topic: I addressed how questions about treating people who have congenital heart defects are answered—how do practitioners know what to do and that it will work?

Maybe you have heard of evidence-based practice. Healthcare providers rely on evidence-based research to guide their practice. In my last post, I addressed how that evidence is formulated and used.

Following the format of, “Define the problem. Formulate a hypothesis. Gather data. Analyze and interpret results,” Dr. Teresa Lyle of Lincoln Memorial University and I were able to publish our article in the Journal of Congenital Cardiology. Click here to access it. Our results show that most of us are not getting the activity we need to stay healthy. We are also not talking with our ACHD physicians about our activity, and having a form will help us have that discussion.

A group of our peers agreed that the physical activity recommendation form (accessible by clicking here) was easy for patients and providers alike. Also, it can benefit patients by empowering them to discuss physical activity and exercise with their physician, and subsequently give the patient confidence about performing activity.

Ninety percent of the respondents stated the form was helpful and that using it increased their confidence and amount of physical activity they did on a daily basis. We hope you will access the form and share it with your provider so they will use it with all their patients.

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