Bachmann JM, Klint ZW, Jagoda AM, McNatt JK, Abney LR, Huang S, Liddle DG, Frontera WR, Freiberg MS. Group Enrollment and Open Gym Format Decreases Cardiac Rehabilitation Wait Times. Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and prevention. 2017 Sep;37(37). 322-328. PMID: 28858032 [PubMed]
Wait times for the first cardiac rehabilitation (CR) session are inversely related to CR participation rates. We hypothesized that changing from individually scheduled appointments to a group enrollment and open gym format, in which patients were enrolled during group intake sessions and could arrive for subsequent CR sessions any time during open gym periods, would decrease wait times.