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Research by Dr Sandy Mandic

Dr Sandy Mandic has been doing Cardiac Rehabilitation research at the University of Otago since 2009. In 2011-2012 she completed two research projects that examined long-term effects of Cardiac Rehabilitation on physical function and physical activity habits. She established Active Living Laboratory at the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences in 2011 and continues to do research in primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. You can view further information about Sandy's research here.

Exercise tolerance declines with aging, partially due to presence of disease and decreased everyday physical activity. Reduced ability to perform everyday activities may also influence how people feel about life in general. These changes may be less evident in active individuals. Sandy’s recent research examined physical function, heart health and quality of life in individuals participating in community cardiac rehabilitation programs.

Sandy has published several research articles from the research projects conducted in Dunedin. The list of articles and links to the abstracts are provided below. If you would like to receive a full copy of those articles, please contact Sandy directly.

Sandy and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Research Team from Dunedin Hospital are very grateful for the time and support that the Otago Phoenix Club members contributed to these research projects.

For any further information about the current research conducted by the Active Living Laboratory at the University of Otago, feel free to contact Sandy directly:

Dr Sandy Mandic
School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences

University of Otago
Phone: 479-5415



Published articles:


1.    Horwood H, Williams MJA, Mandic S. Examining motivations and barriers for attending maintenance community-based cardiac rehabilitation using the Health-Belief Model. Heart, Lung and Circulation. (2015) (Published online: 01 May 2015)



2.    Mandic S, Body D, Barclay L, Walker R, Nye ER, Grace SL, Williams MJA. Community-based cardiac rehabilitation maintenance programs: Use and effect. Heart, Lung & Circulation. (2015) (Published online: 16 Feb 2015)


3.    Mandic S, Hodge C, Stevens E, Walker R, Nye ER, Body D, Barclay L, Williams MJA. Effects of Community-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation on Body Composition and Physical Function in Individuals with Stable Coronary Artery Disease: 1.6 Year Follow-up. BioMed Research International. 2013


4.    Mandic S, Walker R, Stevens E, Nye ER, Body D, Barclay L, Williams MJA. Estimating exercise capacity from walking tests in elderly individuals with stable coronary artery disease. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2013; 35(22): 1853–1858 (E-pub; 19 Apr 2013)

5.    Mandic S, Stevens E, Hodge C, Brown C, Walker R, Body D, Barclay L, Nye ER, Williams MJA. Effects of cardiac rehabilitation in elderly individuals with stable coronary artery disease. Disability & Rehabilitation. 2016;38(9):837-843

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