OSPREY-CR Version 2

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Optimising Secondary PRevention and quality of life following EarlY Cardiac Rehabilitation: OSPREY-CR



  • Contact name

    Sarah Hardcastle

  • Contact email


  • Sponsor organisation

    Sheffield Hallam University

  • Clinicaltrials.gov Identifier

    Research will be registered to clinicaltrials.gov,

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    1 years, 5 months, 1 days

  • Research summary

    Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) is a health care programme for people with heart disease. Although exercise training and decreasing inactivity remain the cornerstone of many CR programmes, effective rehabilitation involves other important things, such as helping with medication, improving diet and mental wellbeing and assisting with quitting smoking. The services provided by CR programmes can improve cardiovascular risk factor profiles, reduce cardiovascular disease progression and improve patients' health and wellbeing. However, suitable access to services and programme adherence is required, if patients are to benefit from a comprehensive CR programme.


    1) Explore the reasons underpinning patient adherence to, and attrition from early CR.

    2) Explore which aspects of CR patients believe are important for improving health-related quality of life, and adhere to (or intend to adhere to) once they leave early CR.

    3) Understand how current practice attempts to support patients' adherence to longer-term health behaviour change and CR core components.

    4) Develop solutions to support patients with adherence to components of CR, facilitating the maintenance of behaviour change for long-term health and wellbeing.

    1a) Access CR service data (where available) to assess referral rates, uptake and adherence in six centres across the UK.

    1b) Use questionnaires to explore why patients adhere to and dropout of the early stages of CR. This will take place at three time-points (baseline - when patients enrol on to early CR, 6 weeks - prior to discharge from early CR and six months - when the patient has left CR).

    2) Explore patients' and professional's experiences of, and attitudes towards, the core components of CR (exercise training/ physical activity; medication adherence; dietary guidelines; stopping smoking) via semi-structured interviews.

    3) Implement a two-day workshop, with patients, and health care professionals (HCPs) to collaboratively design user-centered interventions to improve long-term adherence to CR components.

  • REC name

    London - Bloomsbury Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    4 Dec 2020

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion

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