Welcome Jennifer Reed, RKin, PhD to the JCRP editorial board!
Dr. Jennifer Reed is a Scientist and Director of the Exercise Physiology and Cardiovascular Health Lab in the Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. She is also an Assistant Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Adjunct Professor in the School of Human Kinetics in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, and a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario.
Dr. Reed’s overall research program focuses on the role of exercise in cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation. She has particular interests in the role of exercise in the management and treatment of atrial fibrillation; developing exercise training strategies for women with cardiovascular disease; and, re-examining practical approaches to monitoring and prescribing exercise training in clinical populations.
As a member of the JCRP Editorial Board, she looks forward to contributing to and supporting the important field of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation.
Featured Article of the Week - Cardiac rehabilitation component attendance, and impact of intervening clinical events, as well as disease severity and risk factor burden.
Cardiac rehabilitation has strong evidence of improving health benefits among participants that include reduced CVD mortality and hospital readmissions and improved quality of life. However, regular attendance to prescribed sessions remain disappointingly low. This retrospective analysis of a large cohort (n=5508) over a 20-year period examined clinical factors that may affect attendance and more specifically, attendance to program components that were specific to the participant’s risk factors beyond exercise. Sixteen percent of patients experienced intervening events that were most commonly related to their cardiovascular disease that affected their attendance. Participants who had intervening events were more likely to have medical risk factors and symptoms of angina, depression, and lower functional capacity. While patients with more severe symptoms and risk factors attended fewer total sessions, they did attend more components specific to their risk factors. Clinical events appear to play a significant role in affecting session attendance, however, these patients seem to take advantage of other components specific to their need. The value of tailoring the types of sessions that target individual risk factors and health status is important to all patients, but especially for those who are at higher risk for clinical events that may affect optimal session attendance.
- 2020 was a special year with the celebration of our 40th year of publishing the Journal. We had a record number of submissions to JCRP this past year, a sign that more and more authors value publishing their research in JCRP. Now, with the turn of the calendar, we move forward with excitement to the new year and the next 40 years for JCRP.
- This first issue of 2021 includes two excellent Reviews related to the benefits of exercise training for people with spinal cord injuries, including participating in cardiac rehabiliation programs. We also have a timely and highly useful brief report overviewing the use of masks for people participating in cardiac rehabilitation programs and daily activities. This issue has many outstanding articles.
- Please note the Featured Article of the week section above. Our Editorial group provides a brief overview of one article each week to call your attention to some of the key information you can learn from articles in this issue.
- I encourage you to post links to specific articles from this issue on your Facebook page and to tweet the links on your Twitter account (use the icons on our home page for both of these JCRP Social Media accounts). Doing so helps both Clinicians and Researchers to stay current with the latest research in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and Prevention. This will ultimately have a positive influence on patients in Cardiopumonary Rehabilitation Programs.
- We are looking ahead to a great 2021.
-Lenny Kaminsky, PhD, Editor-in-Chief