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Cardiac rehabilitation can be cost effective after a heart attack or an episode of unstable angina

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 19 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:0-e

Research question Is cardiac rehabilitation cost effective? Answer A programme based on group exercise costs about $A43 000 ($32 000; £18 000; 荤;26 500) for each quality adjusted life year saved, making it cost effective by conventional standards.

Why did the authors do the study? Rehabilitation programmes that focus on aerobic exercise may improve quality of life for selected patients, and even reduce mortality after a coronary event such as myocardial infarction. But there are few data examining the costs of these benefits (cost effectiveness).

What did they do? 113 Australian adults took part in a randomised trial comparing conventional care with 18 sessions of group …

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