|National CR program perceptions of factors affecting CR wait times (n = 92)|
|Patient travel constraints, scheduling unavailability||3.7||1.2|
|Capacity issues: staffing||3.6||1.2|
|Physician initiates patient referral at outpatient visit after hospital discharge||3.6||1.2|
|Lack of funding||3.6||1.4|
|Lack of consistent implementation of discharge order sets including CR referral||3.5||1.4|
|Capacity issues: operating hours||3.2||1.4|
|Lack of availability of alternative CR program models||3.2||1.2|
|Capacity issues: facility space||3.2||1.5|
|Geographic siting of programs||3.1||1.4|
|Waiting for referral information||3.0||1.3|
|Waiting for exercise test results||3.0||1.5|
|Capacity issues: lack of equipment||2.6||1.3|
|Patient confidentiality legislation||1.8||1.0|
Note: scores range from 1 (“does not affect CR wait time delays”) to 5 (“major factor affecting wait time delays”).
CR = cardiac rehabilitation.
Grace et al.
Grace et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:259 doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-259