Cardiac rehabilitation referral and completion: results from the South Australian minimum dataset for cardiac rehabilitation programs

Rosanna Tavella, K O’Toole, Rosy Tirimacco, A Lloyd, Kate Pennington, S Drilling, Vanessa Poulsen, Narelle Berry, Robyn Clark, Carolyn Astley, Wendy Keech

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Background: An audit of South Australian (SA) cardiac rehabilitation (CR) services in 2012 reported a completion rate of 13% and led to the establishment of a minimum dataset (MDS). Using the MDS, this study describes referral and completion rates in metropolitan (metro) and country CR services in 2013 and secondly, validates the MDS by assessing potential referrals for CR using hospital separation data.

Methods: The SA Cardiac Clinical Network in collaboration with the SA Heart Foundation formulated a working group of key stakeholders. CR elements for the MDS were agreed upon according to domains in international guidelines. Data collection began in 2013 across 6 metro and 8 country services. Hospital separation data for 2013 admissions for acute coronary syndrome and/or cardiac intervention/surgery was used to validate the MDS collection.

Results: In 2013, 5329 (28% female, 4.5% Aboriginal, mean age 65±13 years) patients were assessed for CR referral. Hospital separation data from participating services showed 5321 admissions, verifying the MDS collection.

Conclusion: The establishment of a CR MDS in South Australia has provided unique insight into service gaps. Country referrals are managed via a centralised system and suggest that a central referral service may improve uptake into programs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S451-S452
Number of pages2
JournalHeart, Lung and Circulation
Volume24
Issue numberSuppl_3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventCardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) Annual Scientific Meeting and the International Society for Heart Research Annual Scientific Meeting - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 13 Aug 201516 Aug 2015

Keywords

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • minimum dataset
  • Cardiac rehabilitation programs

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    Tavella, R., O’Toole, K., Tirimacco, R., Lloyd, A., Pennington, K., Drilling, S., Poulsen, V., Berry, N., Clark, R., Astley, C., & Keech, W. (2015). Cardiac rehabilitation referral and completion: results from the South Australian minimum dataset for cardiac rehabilitation programs. Heart, Lung and Circulation, 24(Suppl_3), S451-S452. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hlc.2015.06.786