Since publishing our first Cochrane review of cardiac rehabilitation in 2000 our centre has produced and maintained a portfolio of 14 Cochrane reviews covering cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention.

Our portfolio reflects

  • the comprehensive nature of cardiac rehabilitation intervention (exercise, psychological support and education),
  • the delivery of cardiac rehabilitation in different settings,
  • the wider population of patients (post-myocardial, post-revascularisation, heart failure) receiving these services, and
  • the broader nature of relevant clinical and policy outcomes (hospital admission, health related quality of life)

These Cochrane reviews have played a pivotal role in informing evidence-based guidance and policy both in the United Kingdom and internationally, particularly in high-income country settings such as Europe and North America. Our aim in the next phase of our programme is to explore the translation of these interventions to low- and middle-income country settings, where home-based rehabilitation may be an affordable and sustainable model of care.

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