Implementation of Home-Based Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac rehab programs provide an evidence-based, cost-effective intervention for risk reduction following acute myocardial infarction or coronary revascularization. Referral to cardiac rehabilitation programs is 1 of 9 published performance measures for adults with ischemic heart disease. Unfortunately, despite the compelling benefits of cardiac rehabilitation and the widespread recommendations for its use, it is vastly underutilized. Home-based CR is an emerging concept that provides a solution to this challenge.

Dr. Schopfer is conducting a study funded by the VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) program to improve use of guideline-recommended cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs in Veterans with ischemic heart disease (IHD) by (a) addressing known barriers to participation and (b) evaluating implementation of home-based cardiac rehab programs at Veterans Health Administration facilities.