Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 'Shocked' at Poor Cardiac Rehabilitation Services
The Chief Executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists has expressed her shock at a recent study showing the poor standard of cardiac rehabilitation services across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
The study, which looked at 170 cardiac rehabilitation services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, found that only 31 percent of services - 52 overall - met the national standard for treatment.
Of the total 170 services, only 78 - or 46 percent - registered as 'middle-performance and 31, or 18 percent overall, were judged 'low-performance.'
In order to be judged as meeting the national minimum standard of patient care, each rehab programme had to meet five out of six criteria set by the researchers, who published their findings in BMJ journal Open Heart.
The most commonly missed criteria concerned treating patients within 40 days of referral, and helped present a damaging picture that was condemned by CSP Chief Executive Karen Middleton.
She went on to emphasise the importance of cardiac rehab in patient recovery and the prevention of further heart attacks.
"It makes little economic sense at a time of great pressure on the NHS to increase the chances of patients needing further, expensive treatment and being off work, with all the costs to the individual and economy that brings.
"That so many are missing out is an unacceptable threat to their recovery and on-going quality of life."
The study was funded by the British Heart Foundation, which condemned the findings and accused services of 'failing heart patients across the UK.'