Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Glenn Lohr, Robert Baum, David Dunn

Degree Program

Department of Public Health

Degree Type

Master of Science


The purpose of this study was to assess the need for a four-phase cardiac rehabilitation program in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that would serve the South Central part of Kentucky, most specifically, the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD). This assessment was based on three questionnaires mailed to cardiac patients, area cardiologists and area hospital administrators.

Each population (patients, cardiologists and administrators) received separate questionnaires. The patient questionnaires consisted of three separate mailings: initial mailing, first follow-up, second follow-up. An interval of ten days separated each mailing. Follow-up phone calls to the cardiologists and the hospital administrators were employed for assurance of the questionnaires being completed and returned. Each mailing increased the response rate resulting in a 63.3 percent response rate. The three concerns investigated were

  1. Were cardiac patients satisfied with the patient education rehabilitation services they received while both an inpatient and outpatient?

  2. Did area cardiologists believe that a four-phase cardiac rehabilitation program was warranted in Bowling Green?

  3. Did area hospital administrators believe that a four-phase cardiac rehabilitation program was warranted in Bowling Green, Kentucky?

An additional concern was whether or not the cardiac patients would have been interested in participating in an inpatient and/or outpatient program, had one been available.

The results of the assessment indicated that a four-phase cardiac rehabilitation program was needed and that it would be supported by cardiac patients, cardiologists and hospital administrators.


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