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Table 4 Practice of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) by the respondents

From: Knowledge, attitudes and practices survey of cardiac rehabilitation among cardiologists and cardiac surgeons in Lebanon

When would you refer a patient to start a CR? Starting in the hospital settings N (%) 23 (27.7%) Mean 1.92
  Directly after the hospital discharge    Median 2
  4 weeks or more after the discharge N (%) 44 (53.0%) SD 0.711
  Would not refer     
   N (%) 15 (18.1%)   
   N (%) 1 (1.2%)   
   N Total 83   
What kind of patients do you consider suitable for CR after discharging from hospital? HF/CAD/Angina/ACS N (%) 30 (36.1%) Mean 3.5
  CABG N (%) 10 (12%) Median 3
  Post valve surgery N (%) 2 (2.4%) SD 2.43
  Pacemaker N (%) 22 (26.5%)   
  Post vascular surgery N (%) 1 (1.2)   
  All of the above N (%) 18 (21.7%)   
   N Total 83   
Would it be difficult to refer patients to CR in the country? Yes N (%) 54 (65.1%) MEAN 1.4
  No N (%) 29 (34.9%) Median 1
   N Total 83 SD 0.644
Who should take initiative to initiate CR in the country? Insurance companies N (%) 5 (6.3%) Mean 4.31
  Professional care givers N (%) 6 (7.5%) Median 5
  Physicians N (%) 7 (8.8%) SD 1.26
  Policy makers N (%) 3 (3.8%)   
  Ministry of Health N (%) 59 (73.8%)   
   N Total 80   
How frequently would you send patients to CR if CR would have started? 3–5 times per month N (%) 37 (48.7%) Mean 1.85
  3–5 times per week N (%) 21 (27.6%) Median 2
  1–2 times per month N (%) 13 (17.1%) SD 1.05
  Once every 6 months N (%) 2 (2.6%)   
  Never N (%) 3 (3.9%)   
   N Total 76   
After discharge physicians asked patients to: To do nothing, to be at rest N (%) 1 (1.3%) Mean 3.59
  To exercise a bit N (%) 28 (35.4%) Median 3
  To go to fitness club N (%) 11 (13.9%) SD 1.41
  To take it easy N (%) 1 (1.3%)   
  To start a rehab program N (%) 38 (48.1%)   
   N Total 79