FeaturePredictors of Cardiac Rehabilitation InitiationShanks, Linda Creadon PhD DNP RN1; Moore, Shirley M. PhD RN FAAN2; Zeller, Richard A. PhD3Author Information 1 Linda Creadon Shanks, PhD DNP RN, is an assistant professor at the University of Akron. 2 Shirley M. Moore, PhD RN FAAN, is a professor and associate dean for research at Case Western Reserve University. 3 Richard A. Zeller, PhD, is a visiting professor at Kent State University, Kent, OH. Correspondence to University of Akron, 302 Buchtel Common, Akron, OH 44325 or at [email protected]. Rehabilitation Nursing Journal: July 2007 - Volume 32 - Issue 4 - p 152-157 doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2007.tb00169.x Buy Metrics Abstract This study determines the effects of 15 potential predictors on cardiac rehabilitation (CR) initiation: demographic information, measures of perceived severity, perceived susceptibility, perceived cardiac threat, social support, depression, comorbid conditions, left ventricular ejection fraction, strength of physician recommendation, and benefits and barriers. Results showed that greater strength of physician recommendation and less disease severity were significant predictors of higher levels of CR initiation; female gender was a marginally significant predictor of less CR initiation. The strength of the associations for these predictors varied. Strength of physician recommendation was the strongest predictor. This information can be used to increase the number of patients starting CR through programs designed to increase physician awareness of the importance of their recommendation, the continuing need to refer women to CR, and the need to design programs that meet women's needs. © 2007 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.