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July 2020 - Volume 40 - Issue 4

  • Leonard A. Kaminsky, PhD
  • 1932-7501
  • 1932-751x
  • 6 issues / year
  • Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems 114/136
  • 1.383

Featured Article of the Week - Promoting Patient Utilization of Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Joint International Council and Canadian Association Of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Position Statement

Focus of the paper: Although CR is a consistent recommendation guideline in international clinical practice guidelines, utilization remains poor. The purpose of this position statement was to review the literature concerning interventions that improve CR participation and to make specific recommendations for their use. The writing panel included representatives from international societies involved in preventive cardiology and patient partners.
Key methods: The panel reviewed recommendations from the recent Cochrane Review on interventions to promote patient utilization of CR. Recommendations were classified as enrollment strategies, adherence strategies and completion strategies. The recommendations were ranked in terms of scientific acceptability, practicality and feasibility of assessment.

Important findings: Three recommendations were selected:

1. Interventions to improve CR enrollment should target health-care providers, particularly Registered Nurses, in terms of improving their understanding of the benefits and components of CR. 
2. Healthcare providers, particularly Registered Nurses, should promote CR to patients face-to-face.
3. To increase patient adherence, CR interventions should be made available remotely as well as medical center-based. 

Conclusions: There are specific practical interventions that significantly improve utilization of CR and should be widely applied.

We are pleased to welcome Brittany Overstreet, PhD to the our JCRP Editorial team. 


Brittany Overstreet, PhD earned her undergraduate degree from Salisbury University and graduate degrees from Ball State University (MS: Clinical Exercise Physiology) and the University of Tennessee (PhD: Kinesiology). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware where she is the Program Director of the Clinical Exercise Physiology MS Program. Dr. Overstreet looks forward to joining the JCRP team as the Digital Media Editor to help spread the word of the incredible work that is being conducted in our field.

Editor's Comments:
  • JCRP is continuing the celebration of our 40th year by including some special features in Volume 40.  In this 4th issue of JCRP Volume 40 is the second of a 2-part Invited Commentary on the role JCRP has had in the Prevention of cardiopulmonary diseases.  Thanks to former JCRP Editor-in-Chief Dr. Barry Franklin for leading the writing of this excellent article.
  • 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 also call your attention to the Case Report of a patient with COVID-19 and the important role pulmonary rehabilitation played in this patient's recovery.
  • 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.  This 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. 

                                 -Lenny Kaminsky, PhD, Editor-in-Chief