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To the Editor We, members of the council of the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, representing over 800 health professionals, strive to ensure that our guidance for cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programmes is based on best evidence. While, the topic of the RAMIT study1 is a welcome one, we have significant concerns about this study and feel the authors have made judgements that we do not believe can be supported. Our concerns are outlined within this letter.
First, in the opinion of West et al the evidence for the effect of CR on mortality is out of date. However, the authors did not include the systematic review published last year by the Cochrane Heart Group.2 The Cochrane review,2 which included 47 studies with over 10 000 patients, clearly continues to demonstrate that CR reduces death from any cause by 13% and cardiac deaths by 26%. (The West et al study does not report effect on cardiac deaths).
Second, there are …
BACPR Elected Council Members Jenni Jones (BACPR President, Physiotherapist); Professor Gill Furze (BACPR Scientific Chair, Nurse); Dr John Buckley (Immediate Past-President, Exercise Physiologist); Dr Linda Speck (Elected Council Member, Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist); Kathryn Carver (Elected Council Member, Nurse); Dr Susan Connolly (Elected Council Member, Consultant Cardiologist); Dr Iain Todd (Elected Council Member, Consultant in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation); Charlotte-Anne Wells (Elected Council Member, Occupational Therapist); Dr Joe Mills (Elected Council Member, Consultant Cardiologist); Jemima Traill (Elected Council Member, Nurse); Lucy Aphramor (Elected Council Member, Dietitian); Brian Begg (Elected Council Member, Exercise Specialist); Professor Patrick Doherty (Co-opted Council Member, Past-President BACR); Annie MacCallum (Co-opted Council Member, British Society for Heart Failure).
Competing interests None.
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