To improve CR access for populations living in rural and remote areas, a web-based CR program was developed for regional and rural cardiac patients to access CR in their own homes, and in their own time. With the main aim of increasing attendance to and completion of CR, a co-designed, interactive, clinician led, web-based CR program was developed to increase flexibility and provide choices to patients.
The program was launched for regional local health network clinicians and patient use on 1 July 2021 in collaboration with iCCnet and their CATCH program.
The web-based program was co-designed with patients living in rural areas through a personal log-in using the user experience (UX) design, an established co-design framework to guide the engagement with end users through workshops and the co-design process from concept design to completion.
6 co-design web development workshops and 6 usability testing workshops were held with 39 + 35 consumers (adults 18 years or older who were eligible for CR) from November 2020 to September 2021 in regional areas throughout the Local Health Network’s in SA including Whyalla, Mount Gambier, Wallaroo, Nuriootpa, Tanunda, Berri, Port Lincoln and Murray Bridge. These workshops were designed to get feedback on the CR website patient interface, usability and acceptability. The methodological approach and outcomes for this work are published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurjcn/zvab127