We are pleased to welcome Dr. Theresa Beckie as a new Associate Editor of JCRP.
Dr. Theresa Beckie is Professor and Associate Dean of the PhD Program at the College of Nursing, and Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, College of Medicine, at the University of South Florida in Tampa. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Saskatchewan, she received a Master of nursing degree, and a PhD in educational psychology (CRAME: Centre for Research in Applied Measurement and Evaluation) from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
Her internationally recognized expertise centers on developing effective secondary prevention cardiovascular interventions for women. Dr. Beckie’s contributions to the science of heart disease in women has led to American Heart Association evidence-based practice guidelines, policies on cardiac rehabilitation delivery, and theory-based behavior change techniques for women surviving acute coronary syndromes. Dr. Beckie was the first to design and test, in a NIH-funded study, a gender-specific cardiac rehabilitation program for women. Her NSF-funded research translated this work to a home-based cardiac rehabilitation intervention using mobile health technology and wearable sensors. Dr. Beckie’s service on the Scientific Advisory Committee of WomenHeart, a national coalition for women with heart disease, exemplifies her commitment to raising awareness of heart disease among women. Her global contributions to cardiovascular interventions for women have paved the way for improved health outcomes and optimized disease self-management.
Featured Article of the Week - Pedometer Feedback Interventions Increase Daily Physical Activity in Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation Participants
Developing effective strategies to promote physical activity among participants in Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) is critical. Interventions that include the use of pedometers have demonstrated some promising results. The aim of this randomized control trial was to determine the effectiveness of individually tailored interventions designed to increase physical activity in participants in Phase 3 CR. Study participants were randomized to one of four groups: (1) usual care (UC), (2) pedometer feedback (PF), newsletter based motivational messaging (3) (MM) or PF+MM. The goal for both PF groups was to increase mean steps/day by 10% weekly. The duration of the study was 12 weeks. The PR and PF+MM were similarly effective with both intervention associated with a greater than 50% increase in mean step counts/day. Conversely, there was no increase in step counts in the MM or UC groups. Study results demonstrate that both of the PF groups decreased the time spent in sedentary activities but there was no increase in the time spent doing light to vigorous activity. Limitations of the study are that the analysis did not allow for a comparison between activity done at versus away from CR nor did they have information about the subject’s living environment, which could greatly influence an individual’s abilities to engage in physical activity. Nonetheless, this study demonstrates that the use individualized PF results in a greater than 50% increase in step counts/day as compare to UC or MM. Further study is needed to assess the efficacy of utilizing PF as an intervention in Phase 2 CR.
- JCRP has turned 40! You will find a number of special features in Volume 40. In this 3rd issue of JCRP Volume 40 is the first of a 2-part Invited Commentary on the role JCRP has had in the Prevention of cardiopulmonary diseases. Thanks to former JCRP Editor-in-Chief Dr. Barry Franklin for leading the writing of this excellent article.
- We at JCRP are all working-at-home as many of you are during this pandemic. We are doing our best to process all manuscript submissions in a timely manner. Special thanks to our Managing Editor Kate Maude and all of the staff at Wolters Kluwer for maintaining a high level of function amongst all of the work-related transitions that have occurred.
- I encourage you to post links to specific articles from this issue on your Facebook page and to tweet the links on your Twitter account. This helps both Clinicians and Researchers to stay current with the latest research in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and Prevention. This will ultimately have a positive influence on patients in Cardiopumonary Rehabilitation Programs.
-Lenny Kaminsky, PhD, Editor-in-Chief