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Increase Awareness and Utilization of Cardiac Rehab: A view from a Patient who has been there-- Rat

On 2/29/2012 the discharge notes read, "We will set you up with cardiac rehab as well to help you feel safe re-instituting exercise into your daily life." This (and my appointment card) was all it took for me to enroll into cardiac rehab in April 2012. Unfortunately, for approximately 70-80% of patients--- yes you read that figure correctly-- 70 to 80% of patients who are referred to cardiac rehab, DO NOT enroll in cardiac rehab. And remember from the last blog, if you add the percentage to those who are not referred by their doctors (though eligible), the benefits of cardiac rehab help an embarrassingly low number of patients, in spite of all the data to show the positive health outcomes a

Increase Awareness and Utilization of Cardiac Rehab: A view from a Patient who has been there-- Rat

I remember it being early spring-- around 2015... I'm sitting with a group of patients, cardiac rehab staff including exercise physiologist, interns, nurses, the program director and the topic of "the challenge to increase referral rates and enrollment rates to cardiac rehab" surfaces. I'm told how great we are doing at the University of Michigan and that our referral rate is something like 50 or 60% and our enrollment rate (i.e. the number of that 50-60 % referred enroll to start rehab) is over 70%... I'm actually caught off guard and ask this to be repeated as I'm not convinced this is all that "GREAT." I'm certain there was some sort of mistake... you see... I had been referred automatica

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