How effective are interventions to increase patient uptake of, and adherence to, cardiac rehabilitation?
The quality of studies was generally low. Only 1 study reported the non-significant effects of the intervention on cardiovascular risk factors. No studies reported data on mortality, morbidity, costs or healthcare resource utilisation. Meta-analysis was not possible due to multiple sources of heterogeneity.
Cardiac rehabilitation is an important component of recovery from coronary events, but uptake, and adherence, to such programmes is below the recommended levels. Cardiac rehabilitation programmes vary, but usually include 1 or more of the following: exercise, education, and psychological counselling/support.