Perceptions of Cardiology Administrators about Cardiac Rehabilitation in South America and the Caribbean

Gabriela Lima De Melo Ghisi, Raquel Britto, Thaianne Cavalcante Servio, Claudia Victoria Anchique Santos, Rosalia Fernandez, Eduardo Rivas-Estany, Claudio Santibañez, Graciela Gonzalez, Gerard Burdiat, Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, Artur Haddad Herdy, Sherry L. Grace

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Background: Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs can address the cardiovascular disease epidemic in South America. However, there are factors limiting CR access at the patient, provider, and system levels. The latter 2 have not been extensively studied. The objective of this study was to investigate cardiology administrator's awareness and knowledge of CR and perceptions regarding resources for CR. Methods: This study was cross-sectional and observational in design. Cardiology administrators from South American and Caribbean countries were invited to participate by members of a professional association. Participants completed a questionnaire online. Descriptive analysis was performed and differences in CR knowledge, awareness, perception, and attitudes regarding CR were described overall, by institution funding source (private vs public) and presence of within-institution CR (yes vs no). Results: Most of the 55 respondents from 8 countries perceived CR as important for outpatient care (mean ± SD = 4.83 ± 0.38 out of 5; higher scores indicating more positive perceptions), with benefits including reduced hospital readmissions (4.31 ± 0.48) and length of stay (4.64 ± 0.71 days), not only for cardiac patients but for those with other vascular conditions (4.34 ± 0.68 days). Those working in public institutions (50.9%) and in institutions without a CR program (25.0%) were not as aware of, and less likely to value, CR services (P <.05). Only 13.2% of programs had dedicated funding. Conclusions: Similar to findings from high-income settings, cardiology administrators and cardiologists in South America value CR as part of cardiac patient care, but funding and availability of programs restrict capacity to deliver these services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-273
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

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South America
Cardiology
Administrative Personnel
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Patient Readmission
Ambulatory Care
Blood Vessels
Length of Stay
Patient Care
Cardiovascular Diseases
Cross-Sectional Studies

Keywords

  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • health personnel attitudes
  • hospital administrators
  • outpatient health services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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De Melo Ghisi, G. L., Britto, R., Servio, T. C., Santos, C. V. A., Fernandez, R., Rivas-Estany, E., ... Grace, S. L. (2017). Perceptions of Cardiology Administrators about Cardiac Rehabilitation in South America and the Caribbean. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 37(4), 268-273. https://doi.org/10.1097/HCR.0000000000000233

Perceptions of Cardiology Administrators about Cardiac Rehabilitation in South America and the Caribbean. / De Melo Ghisi, Gabriela Lima; Britto, Raquel; Servio, Thaianne Cavalcante; Santos, Claudia Victoria Anchique; Fernandez, Rosalia; Rivas-Estany, Eduardo; Santibañez, Claudio; Gonzalez, Graciela; Burdiat, Gerard; Lopez-Jimenez, Francisco; Herdy, Artur Haddad; Grace, Sherry L.

In: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, Vol. 37, No. 4, 01.07.2017, p. 268-273.

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De Melo Ghisi, GL, Britto, R, Servio, TC, Santos, CVA, Fernandez, R, Rivas-Estany, E, Santibañez, C, Gonzalez, G, Burdiat, G, Lopez-Jimenez, F, Herdy, AH & Grace, SL 2017, 'Perceptions of Cardiology Administrators about Cardiac Rehabilitation in South America and the Caribbean', Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 268-273. https://doi.org/10.1097/HCR.0000000000000233
De Melo Ghisi, Gabriela Lima ; Britto, Raquel ; Servio, Thaianne Cavalcante ; Santos, Claudia Victoria Anchique ; Fernandez, Rosalia ; Rivas-Estany, Eduardo ; Santibañez, Claudio ; Gonzalez, Graciela ; Burdiat, Gerard ; Lopez-Jimenez, Francisco ; Herdy, Artur Haddad ; Grace, Sherry L. / Perceptions of Cardiology Administrators about Cardiac Rehabilitation in South America and the Caribbean. In: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2017 ; Vol. 37, No. 4. pp. 268-273.
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