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Implications for practice and research
Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) underutilisation remains as a problem and requires action.
CR needs to be funded as a standard component of cardiac care.
Strategies to enhance CR attendance in women and elderly patients need to be tested.
Flexible models of care are needed to enhance the reach of CR services.
CR is a multidisciplinary, multimodal health intervention. CR comprises exercise training, health education, behavioural counselling and self-management support. Programmes provide a springboard for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.
This study makes a sound contribution to the body of evidence supporting CR as an integral component of cardiac care. It addresses some limitations …
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