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Table 3 Quality indicator set for cardiac rehabilitation per study arm

From: Evaluating the effect of a web-based quality improvement system with feedback and outreach visits on guideline concordance in the field of cardiac rehabilitation: rationale and study protocol

Study arm Nr Type Quality indicator
A 1 Structure Specialized education for patients with chronic heart failure
2a Process Complete data collection during needs assessment for rehabilitation (concerning psychological and social functioning, and lifestyle factors)
(Patient education, quality of life, and lifestyle change therapy [ex. physical activity])
3 Process Patients receive a discharge letter to stimulate continuation of lifestyle changes at home
4 Outcome Patients quit smoking
5 Outcome Patients improved their quality of life during rehabilitation
B 2b Process Complete data collection during needs assessment for rehabilitation (concerning physical functioning and, cardiovascular risk factors)
(Exercise training and physical activity, relaxation and stress management, cardiovascular risk factors, and work resumption)
6 Process Cardiovascular risk factors are evaluated after rehabilitation
7 Outcome Patients improve their exercise capacity during rehabilitation
8 Outcome Patients meet the physical activity norms
9 Outcome Amount of time needed to start resumption of work
A and B 10 Structure Rehab professionals work with a multidisciplinary patient record
11 Structure Long-term patient outcomes are assessed
12 Structure Patients participate in patient satisfaction research
13 Structure Clinics perform internal evaluations and quality improvement
14 Process Average time between hospital discharge and start of rehabilitation
15 Process Patients are offered a rehabilitation program tailored to their needs
16 Process Patients finish their rehabilitation program
17 Process Rehabilitation goals are evaluated afterwards
18 Process Cardiologists receive a report after the rehabilitation