Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (ACRA) Core Components of Cardiovascular Disease Secondary Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation 2014

Stephen Woodruffe, L Neubeck, Robyn Clark, Kim Gray, Cate Ferry, Jenny Finan, Sue Sanderson, Tom Briffa

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    Abstract

    Background: Research on Australian cardiovascular disease secondary prevention and cardiac rehabilitation to guide practice needs updating to reflect current context of practice. It is timely therefore to review the core components that underpin effective services that deliver maximum benefits for participants. Methods: The Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (ACRA) convened an inter-agency, multidisciplinary, nationally representative expert panel of Australia's leading cardiac rehabilitation clinicians, researchers and health advocates who reviewed the research evidence. Results: Five core components for quality delivery and outcomes of services were identified and are recommended: 1) Equity and access to services, 2) Assessment and short-term monitoring, 3) Recovery and longer term maintenance, 4) Lifestyle/behavioural modification and medication adherence, and 5) Evaluation and quality improvement. Conclusions: ACRA seeks to provide guidance on the latest evidence in cardiovascular disease secondary prevention and cardiac rehabilitation. Clinicians should use these core components to guide effective service delivery and promote high quality evidence based care. Directors of hospitals and health services should use these core components to aid decision-making about the development and maintenance of these services.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)430-441
    Number of pages12
    JournalHeart, Lung and Circulation
    Volume24
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • Cardiac Rehabilitation
    • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Core Components
    • Outcomes
    • Quality Delivery
    • Secondary Prevention

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