Table 1

Participant characteristics of the laboratory experiment (CR professionals) and field study (CR centres)

CharacteristicValue*
Laboratory experimentn=41
Male gender19 (46)
Mean age in years (SD)45.6 (10.7)
Mean clinical experience in years (SD)23.3 (10.5)
Mean number of outreach visits attended (min–max)1.83 (0–4)
Discipline
 CR nurse18 (44)
 Physiotherapist13 (32)
 Psychologist3 (7)
 Social worker2 (5)
 Dietician1 (2)
 Sports physician1 (2)
 Cardiologist2 (5)
 Manager/head of CR department2 (5)
Coordinating function22 (54)
Time spent on direct patient care
 <25%6 (15)
 25%–50%9 (22)
 50%–75%14 (34)
 >75%13 (32)
Mean number of participants per centre (SD)2.7 (1.9)
Field studyn=18
Centre type
 Specialised rehabilitation centre1 (6)
 University hospital2 (11)
 Teaching hospital4 (22)
 Non-teaching hospital11 (61)
Mean number of patients with CR per week (SD)8.7 (5.7)
Mean number of attendants in outreach visits (SD)5.23 (1.12)
  • *Values are numbers (percentages) unless indicated otherwise.

  • CR, cardiac rehabilitation.