The effect of email communication on adherence and compliance in a cardiac rehabilitation exercise session Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Simerly, Jamie
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • This study investigated the impact of weekly email communication and email content on attendance adherence and exercise prescription compliance in a cardiac rehabilitation program. Fifteen cardiac rehabilitation patients aged 36 to 87 (7 males, 8 females) volunteered and were randomly assigned into one of three groups (informational email group, motivational email group, and control group). The informational email group received weekly emails with precise programmatic information, the motivational group received weekly emails with generic motivational sayings, and the control group received no emails. During the 12-week intervention, subjects'; exercise session attendance and attained heart rate, rating of perceived exertion, and duration at all exercise sessions were tracked. A one-way ANOVA found there was no difference in attendance adherence rates between groups (F = 3.161, p = 0.079). A 3 x 2 Chi Square test for independence found a significant difference between the three groups in heart rate compliance rates (X2(2, n = 540) = 19.5, p 2(2, n = 540) = 19.1, p 2(2, n = 540) = 6.1, p = 0.047).Descriptive statistics found the control group to have the highest compliance rates. A 2 x 2 Chi Square test for independence found a significant difference between the informational email group and the motivational email group in heart rate compliance(X2(1, n = 360) = 6.778, p = 0.009), rating of perceived exertion compliance(X2(1, n = 360) = 6.334, p = 0.012), and duration compliance (X2(1, n = 360) = 5.378, p = 0.020). In summary, email communication did not improve attendance adherence but an informational email may improve exercise prescription compliance more than a generic motivational email.
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  • Marks, Bonita L.
  • Master of Arts
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