[The Swiss approach for cardiac rehabilitation]

Saner, H (2012). [The Swiss approach for cardiac rehabilitation]. Herz, 37(1), pp. 38-43. München: Urban and Vogel 10.1007/s00059-011-3571-z

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Structured cardiac rehabilitation goes back to the late 1960s also in Switzerland and in the beginning was only available in rehabilitation clinics. In 1972 the first ambulatory rehabilitation programs became available to patients in Zurich and Bern. In the following years, in addition to the increasing number of rehabilitation centers for inpatients, more and more ambulatory rehabilitation programs were developed, especially in the larger Midlands population area in German and French-speaking Switzerland. In 1985 the Swiss Working Group of Cardiac Rehabilitation (SAKR) was initiated as an official working group of the Swiss Society of Cardiology and one of its first tasks was to establish a list of the institutions for cardiac rehabilitation in Switzerland. At that time there were 42 rehabilitation programs for a population of approx. 6.5 million, 21 for inpatients and 21 ambulatory; however, 90% of the patients were in inpatient programs. In 1992 the SAKR group defined the quality criteria which were to be applied for official recognition of institutions for cardiac rehabilitation in Switzerland. Due to these criteria, plus the fact that an increasing number of rehabilitation clinics in the mountains had been closed down, the number of inpatient rehabilitation centers decreased from 21 to 11 between 1989 and 2011, whereas the number of ambulatory programs increased from 21 to 51. The ambulatory rehabilitation centers are partially organized by local medical groups; however, most have integrated their activities into the local hospitals. The trend shows a developing preference for ambulatory rehabilitation. More and more elderly, polymorbid patients, however, will still need care in inpatient programs.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiology

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Saner, Hugo




Urban and Vogel




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