Average costs in 2001 of cardiac rehabilitation to the health service per patient completing a cardiac rehabilitation programme were about GBP350 (staff only) and GBP490 (total).If services were modelled on an intermediate multidisciplinary configuration with three to five key staff, approximately 13% more patients could be treated with the same budget.To estimate cost implications of increasing uptake of cardiac rehabilitation. A systematic review of interventions to improve patient uptake, adherence and professional compliance in cardiac rehabilitation was conducted.

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Rates of referral and attendance were similar in Wales, but somewhat lower in Northern Ireland.

It was found that referral and attendance of older people and women at cardiac rehabilitation tended to be low.

Experience of low-cost interventions and good practice exists within rehabilitation centres, although cost information frequently is not reported.