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Table 3 Perceptions of Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff on Delivery (N = 16)

From: Barriers to cardiac rehabilitation delivery in a low-resource setting from the perspective of healthcare administrators, rehabilitation providers, and cardiac patients

Item mean ± SD
FACILITATORS AND BARRIERSa
 CR participants understand the benefits of joining the program 4.50 ± 0.51
 Most physicians do not refer patients to CR 4.31 ± 0.60
 Most physicians are unaware of the benefits of CR 4.06 ± 0.68
 The rate of absenteeism in my program is very low 3.75 ± 1.00
 Delivering hybrid CRc could increase participation by patients 3.62 ± 1.02
 Participants enrolled in CR have difficulty staying in the program 3.50 ± 1.03
 Many patients are referred by doctors, but choose not to participate 3.12 ± 1.14
 Our program could serve a larger number of participants, but there is no demand 2.93 ± 1.80
DELIVERY OF COMPREHENSIVE CRb
 Access to optimal medical therapy and reinforcement of the need to adhere to pharmacological treatments 4.87 ± 0.34
 The assessment and control of patient’s blood pressure, glucose and lipids 4.81 ± 0.40
 The inclusion of a comprehensive educational component within CR 4.75 ± 0.44
 Adequate physical space and resources to offer comprehensive CR 4.43 ± 0.51
  1. CR cardiac rehabilitation, SD standard deviation
  2. aItems were scores on a scale from 1 “strongly disagree” to 5 “strongly agree”
  3. b Items were scored on a scale from 1 “not even considered” to 5 “extremely important”
  4. c supervised and unsupervised exercise, thus requiring fewer on-site visit