Home versus hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation: A systematic review

Blair, J., Corrigall, H., Angus, N. J., Thompson, D. R. and Leslie, S. (2011) Home versus hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation: A systematic review. Rural and Remote Health, 11 2: 1-17.

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Author Blair, J.
Corrigall, H.
Angus, N. J.
Thompson, D. R.
Leslie, S.
Title Home versus hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation: A systematic review
Journal name Rural and Remote Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-6354
Publication date 2011-04-06
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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Volume 11
Issue 2
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Place of publication Deakin West, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australian Rural Health Education Network
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation has positive effects on many cardiac risk factors (physical activity, smoking status, cholesterol, anxiety and depression) and can lead to improvements in mortality, morbidity and quality of life. Most formal cardiac rehabilitation in the UK is offered within a hospital or centre setting, although this may not always be convenient or accessible for many cardiac patients, especially those in remote areas. The proportion of eligible patients who successfully complete a cardiac rehabilitation program remains low. There are many reasons for this but geographical isolation and transport issues are important. This systematic review examines the current evidence for home- versus hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation. Home-based cardiac rehabilitation offers greater accessibility to cardiac rehabilitation and has the potential to increase uptake. While there have been fewer studies of home-based cardiac rehabilitation, the available data suggest that it has comparable results to hospital-based programs. Many of these studies are small and heterogeneous in terms of interventions but home-based cardiac rehabilitation appears both safe and effective. Available evidence suggests that it results in longer lasting maintenance of physical activity levels compared with hospital-based rehabilitation and is equally effective in improving cardiac risk factors. Furthermore, it has the potential to be a more cost-effective intervention for patients who cannot easily access their local centre or hospital. Currently home-based cardiac rehabilitation is not offered routinely to all patients but it appears to have the potential to increase uptake in patients who are unable, or less likely, to attend more traditional hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation programs.
Keyword Community
Home-based cardiac rehabilitation
United Kingdom
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article No: 1532/ Published: 6 April 2011.

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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