Background: Patient education is an important part of holistic care for patients with chronic diseases. With the success of the Heart Manual, it was felt there is a strong need to develop such a manual for those with pulmonary hypertension (PH) - the Pulmonary Hypertension Manual (PulHMan). This was developed through a qualitative methodology in order to ensure the needs of the patients were being met. The impact of the PulHMan on awareness about exercise-related benefits and PH are not known. Therefore the aim of this study was to assess the effects of the PulHMan on improving awareness among individuals with PH. Methods: A repeat cross sectional study was carried out on 30 patients with PH to assess the effects of using the PulHMan on awareness of exercise-related benefits in PH. Awareness was assessed from a self-developed and validated questionnaire that included components of PH and exercise related components. Results: Thirty patients with PH (mean right ventricular systolic pressure and six minute walk distance of 89.2 ± 4.1 mm Hg and 322.8 ± 102m respectively) were included in the study. At baseline, it was seen that there was a low awareness regarding the benefits of exercise for PH. However, they were aware of the general health benefits of walking. After three months, it was seen that the PulHMan improved awareness on the benefits of exercising. Despite a low number willing to exercise (2/30) and participate in a home-based program (2/30), after using the PulHMan for three months, there was an improvement in those willing to exercise and participate in a home-based program (22/30 and 25/30 respectively). Conclusions: The PulHMan was seen to improve awareness regarding the exercise-related benefits among patients with PH. More studies are needed to determine if this change in awareness translates into a behavioural change for those with PH.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine