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Nature of cardiac rehabilitation around the globe. [Dataset]


Marta Supervia

Karam Turk-Adawi

Francisco Lopez-Jimenez

Sherry L. Grace


Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is a clinically-effective but complex model of care. The purpose of this study was to characterize the nature of CR programs around the world, in relation to guideline recommendations, and compare this by World Health Organization (WHO) region. In this cross-sectional study, a piloted survey was administered online to CR programs globally. Cardiac associations and local champions facilitated program identification. Quality (benchmark of ≥ 75% of programs in a given country meeting each of 20 indicators) was ranked. Results were compared by WHO region using generalized linear mixed models. The files accompanying this output contains supplementary figure, table, questionnaire, explanation of research in context and STROBE statement.


SUPERVIA, M., TURK-ADAWI, K., LOPEZ-JIMENEZ, F., et al. 2019. Nature of cardiac rehabilitation around the globe. [Dataset]. EClinialMedicine [online], 13, pages 46-56. Available from:

Acceptance Date Jun 12, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 4, 2019
Publication Date Aug 31, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 8, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jun 8, 2021
Publisher Elsevier
Keywords Cardiac rehabilitation; Nature; Preventive cardiology; Global health; Health services; Survey
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Type of Data 5 DOCX files and accompanying TXT file.
Collection Date Jun 12, 2019
Collection Method This research was cross-sectional in design. Countries where CR services were available were identified first through previous reviews, and communication with CR and cardiology societies. For each country identified to offer CR, first, available society leadership was contacted to solicit collaboration. If there was no society available or response, “champions” were identified from the peer-reviewed, or secondarily, gray literature/the web. Identified leaders were sent an email requesting their assistance administering the survey to each program in their country. The lead clinician at each program identified was emailed requesting their completion of the survey. Informed consent was secured through an online form. Data were collected through REDCap from June 2016–July 2017. Contacts were sent two email reminders, at two week intervals. The national contact was provided the response rate four weeks following initial administration. Where it was < 40%, they were invited to suggest other approaches to increase response rate. A more detailed description of methods used in this study can be found in section 2 of the published article (