Cardiac rehabilitation: Adding years to life and life to years

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Cardiac rehabilitation is an integral component of comprehensive cardiac care and is effective in reducing morbidity and mortality and improving quality of life. However, despite a 50-year-history and extensive evidence base attesting to its clinical and cost-effectiveness, including adding years to life and life to years, and exhortations that its implementation should be a key priority, the majority of cardiac patients do not receive rehabilitation. There is a comparative dearth of funding and wide variation in service provision, with a health care system that often fails to address issues such as sub-optimal referral, enrolment and completion, particularly amongst certain potential user groups that could benefit. This paper reviews these issues and suggests ways of overcoming the obstacles identified. It also highlights some of the knowledge gaps and areas that warrant further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-219
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Research in Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2009


  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Research and Theory


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