The Keeping on Track Study: Exploring the Activity Levels and Utilization of Healthcare Services of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) Patients in the First 30-Days after Discharge from Hospital

Health Translation SA Cardiac Rehabilitation Group, Robyn A Clark, Jonathon Foote, Vincent L Versace, Alex Brown, Mark Daniel, Neil T Coffee, Tania S Marin, Constance Kourbelis, Margaret Arstall, Anand Ganesan, Ralph Maddison, Janet Kelly, Tracey Barry, Wendy Keech, Stephen J Nicholls

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The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of bedside discharge education on activity levels and healthcare utilization for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in the first 30 days post-discharge. Knowledge recall and objective activity and location data were collected by global positioning systems (GPS). Participants were asked to carry the tracking applications (apps) for 30⁻90 days. Eighteen participants were recruited (6 metropolitan 12 rural) 61% ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), mean age 55 years, 83% male. Recall of discharge education included knowledge of diagnosis (recall = 100%), procedures (e.g., angiogram = 40%), and comorbidities (e.g., hypertension = 60%, diabetes = 100%). In the first 30 days post-discharge, median steps per day was 2506 (standard deviation (SD) ± 369) steps (one participant completed 10,000 steps), 62% visited a general practitioner (GP) 16% attended cardiac rehabilitation, 16% visited a cardiologist, 72% a pharmacist, 27% visited the emergency department for cardiac event, and 61% a pathology service (blood tests). Adherence to using the activity tracking apps was 87%. Managing Big Data from the GPS and physical activity tracking apps was a challenge with over 300,000 lines of raw data cleaned to 90,000 data points for analysis. This study was an example of the application of objective data from the real world to help understand post-ACS discharge patient activity. Rates of access to services in the first 30 days continue to be of concern.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical sciences (Basel, Switzerland)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 19 Apr 2019


  • acute coronary syndrome
  • 30-days
  • discharge education
  • physical activity
  • healthcare utilization

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