Cardiac rehabilitation/secondary prevention (CR/SP) services are typically delivered by a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals. The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) recognizes that to provide high-quality services, it is important for these health care professionals to possess certain core competencies. This update to the previous statement identifies 10 areas of core competencies for CR/SP health care professionals and identifies specific knowledge and skills for each core competency. These core competency areas are consistent with the current list of core components for CR/SP programs published by the AACVPR and the American Heart Association and include comprehensive cardiovascular patient assessment; management of blood pressure, lipids, diabetes, tobacco cessation, weight, and psychological issues; exercise training; and counseling for psychosocial, nutritional, and physical activity issues.
The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation recognizes that it is important for cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention professionals to possess certain core competencies. In this update to the previous statement, 10 core competencies and related knowledge and skills are identified
The George Washington University Medical Center, School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Exercise Science, Washington, DC (Dr Hamm); School of Nursing, Auburn University, Auburn, AL (Dr Sanderson); School of Medicine, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (Dr Ades); Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA (Ms Berra); Human Performance Laboratory, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (Dr Kaminsky); Exercise and Sport Science Department, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO (Dr Roitman); and School of Medicine, Creighton University, Omaha, NE (Dr Williams).
Correspondence: Larry F. Hamm, PhD, Department of Exercise Science, The George Washington University, 817 23rd St, NW, Washington, DC 20052 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This statement was approved by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Board of Directors on August 27, 2010.