Arkansas cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, internists, and family practitioners were surveyed to determine their beliefs about outpatient cardiac rehabilitation (OCR) programs. They answered questions pertaining to OCR services and referrals. Results revealed an incongruity between services that physicians believe are most beneficial and services that they believe are actually offered. Findings suggest a pattern of OCR underutilization and the need for improved communication between OCR staff and referring physicians. Implications for program changes are discussed.
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