Table 2

Overall style and general characteristics of Australian exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation services

CharacteristicNumber of programmes (%)
Type of programme (n=251)
 Comprehensive CR services offered for all patients180(72.3)
 Modular (CR services offered vary by patient)57(22.9)
 Exercise only9(3.6)
 Non-CR specific chronic disease exercise classes5(2.0)
Content of programme (n=251)
 Exercise training251(100)
 Health education (eg, risk factors, chest pain management)245(97.6)
 Dietary advice or counselling222(88.4)
 Psychological advice or counselling217(86.5)
 Medication education215(85.7)
 Relaxation training189(75.3)
 Smoking cessation166(66.1)
Programme setting for exercise (n=251)
 Hospital outpatient centre204(81.3)
 Community (eg, hall, park, local medical practice)46(18.3)
 Commercial gym12(4.8)
Programme staff (n=241)
 Occupational therapist146(60.6)
 Social worker126(52.3)
 Allied health assistant/physiotherapy assistant92(38.2)
 Exercise physiologist79(32.8)
 Doctor (other than cardiologist)46(19.1)
 Cultural health worker28(11.6)
Technology used to deliver programme, or support patients (n=228)
 Telephone (motivation and support)62(27.2)
 Videoconferencing (off-site education)13(5.7)
 Internet (telehealth, off-site education)7(3.0)
 Mobile phone (SMS reminders, smart phone applications)5(2.2)
  • *Other professions added as additional text entries: diabetes educator (n=7), paramedic/ambulance officer (n=6), personal trainer (n=5), health promotion officer (n=4), drug and alcohol counsellor (n=3), peer (n=3), podiatrist (n=2), pastoral care (n=2).

  • CR, cardiac rehabilitation.