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To the Editor, Thank you for the opportunity to respond to this editorial,1 which questions our findings of a greater mortality risk of 58% for cardiac rehabilitation (CR) non-attenders compared to attenders.1 ,2 While this effect size is larger than some reports, benefits of this magnitude have been seen by other studies with patient samples comparable to ours. These recent studies found similar effect sizes of 45–59%.3–5
The authors also comment that ‘it may be that Melbourne CR programmes are really that good’.1 A 1996 survey of Victorian CR programmes conducted by the …
Contributors AB contributed to manuscript preparation and accepts overall responsibility for the publication. MW, JT, AN and BM assisted with data preparation.
Competing interests None.
Ethics approval Ethics approval was granted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.