Availability and characteristics of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Global survey of cardiac rehabilitation programs
This study is part of a global initiative, steered by Prof. Sherry Grace (York University, Canada) to survey the global availability of cardiac rehabilitation. See excerpt from the study protocol below:
Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is an essential part of the continuum of care for patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD), given the well-established benefits of participation. CR is offered in only 83 countries around the globe. Provision at the national level is somewhat understood in several high-income countries in Europe, as well as in North America. Standards for CR delivery have also been established in these countries.
In low and middle-income countries where the epidemic of CVD is at its worst, there have also been a few national CR program surveys administered; this was in Latin America, China and the Arab world. Results revealed major variability in funding models, program characteristics, availability and delivery of minimum standards. Clearly, little is known about CR delivery in most countries of the globe.
This study aims to: (1) understand the nature of CR services as delivered in every country of the globe, (2) characterize barriers to CR delivery, and (3) compare these by country, region and income classification.
- Heine et al. Cardiac rehabilitation delivery in Africa. CVJA 2019
- Pesah et al. Cardiac rehabilitation delivery in low/middle-income countries; Heart 2019
- Supervia-Pio et al. Promoting patient utilization of outpatient cardiac rehabilitation: A joint International Council and Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. Int. J. Cardiol 2019