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Table 8 Evidence synthesis of impact of waiting for cardiac rehabilitation

From: Reducing wait time from referral to first visit for community outpatient services may contribute to better health outcomes: a systematic review

Outcome Number of trials Number of participants Overall effect of short wait Level of evidence Clinical impact
Evidence base Consistency Overall
Exercise tolerance 6
[43, 44, 46,47,48, 50]
40,884 Positive effect Moderate Low Low Moderate
Physical activity 2
[46, 48]
32,959 No effect Moderate High Moderate N/A
QOL 2
[44, 46]
32,938 Positive effect Low Very low Very Low Slight
Depressive symptoms 1
[48]
60 No effect Low N/A Low N/A
  1. N/A not applicable, QOL quality of life