ICRR for sites
Information for Sites Interested in Joining
The ICRR is now soft-launched.
Please review the information below, and if you are interested in joining, complete the program survey here.
The goal of the ICRR is to evaluate cardiac rehabilitation (CR) delivery (e.g., describe care patterns, variations in treatment and outcomes) and enable quality improvement in low-resource settings, with the aim of ultimately improving patient outcomes. We hope to use the information to advocate for more CR delivery. The data will also be used for research purposes.
Thank you for considering joining the ICRR. You, like us, are dedicated to improving CR delivery. We hope we can work together.
CR programs in low-resource settings (i.e., low or middle-income country according to World Bank, or in region within a higher-income country where there is under-development of CR due to limited financial resources, lack of healthcare system resources, lack of patient and provider awareness, and/or patient disadvantage [e.g., limited social resources, geographic barriers] are eligible to join the registry. A CR program is defined as one that offers initial assessment, structured exercise (can be supervised or unsupervised) and at least one other strategy to control risk factors. The registry pertains to phase II CR. Programs that cannot enter data in English unfortunately cannot be accommodated at this time.
WHAT IS INVOLVED:
As per the data dictionary on the website, there are 12 program-reported variables collected pre and post-program, and 17 patient-reported variables if you opt in to patient report (or you can provide the information directly if you want to collect it directly from patients). Patients are asked to enter data pre and post-program, and annually thereafter. The data are entered online into the secure registry, in anonymized manner.
You may want to ask for dedicated work time each week to get started with the registry, contribute data regularly thereafter, and to engage in quality improvement activities. ICRR is here to support you in making requests to your institution for some devoted time; just ask.
At this time, there is no cost to join the registry. There will be no payments to your program for contributing data to the registry.
BENEFITS OF JOINING THE REGISTRY:
The ICRR is committed to optimizing utility of the registry to you. There are dashboards to display program quality indicators and patient outcomes; your site will be compared anonymously to other sites, as well as against yourself for change over time. There will be a learning community to enable quality improvement if your program is interested.
Where patients provide post-program data, a lay summary is provided to them, to support them in maintaining their cardiovascular risk reduction long-term. The research and user sub-committees shall provide overall updates on the registry to participating programs annually.
High-performing CR programs will be recognized on ICRR’s website, through social media, and our annual reports to stakeholders. This will consider program adherence, functional capacity gains, risk factor control, heart-health behaviour change of patients, quality of life improvements, as well as patient knowledge.
You have access to your program data and are the owner at all times. You can download it to excel from the registry at any time. We have a research sub-committee who can support you if you would like to analyze your site data in a different manner than is available on the dashboards, for reporting to your institution or beyond. We hope the registry data can be used for you to demonstrate the efficacy of your program and advocate for resources. Note there is a separate process to request access to data from beyond your site through the research committee. Please be in touch for further information.
As a contributing program, you are eligible to volunteer to serve on the ICRR user sub-committee. To express your interest, email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can share the terms of reference for your consideration. You may also be invited to participate in research by the research sub-committee; this is voluntary.
Finally, it is the intention for ICCPR to develop a program certification mechanism through ICRR, for a nominal fee. As a registry-contributing program, you will have already completed many of the steps to apply.
ELIGIBLE/INTERESTED SITES SHOULD AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING:
If you are interested, the ICRR is here to support you through the following steps to becoming a participating site.
Note you will have contact with the ICCPR secretary (email@example.com), User sub-committee chair (responsible for on-boarding), and user sub-committee co-chair (responsible to support quality improvement initiatives and optimize registry feedback).
1. Interested and eligible CR sites are directed to ICCPR’s ICRR website to complete the program survey (https://redcap.apps01.yorku.ca/surveys/?s=P43DFLYY79). The ICRR secretary will share the contact name and email etc with the User Sub-committee chair to contact the site.
2. The user sub-committee chair will share the registry protocol, information letter etc with the site, and support the site to apply for ethics approval. The approval should be forwarded to the secretary.
3. The user sub-committee chair and secretary will also support the site to secure institutional approval to share data with the registry. The approval should be forwarded to the secretary.
4. Once approvals are in place, the ICRR secretary shall secure a login for the site data steward from Dendrite and email to the program data steward. Dendrite remains available for any technical training on the registry website for users.
5. The site should become well-versed in the data dictionary. Any variables that are not currently assessed should be flagged to the user committee (firstname.lastname@example.org). The ICRR secretary and user sub-committee chair shall hold a training session over videoconference with the site on the data dictionary. They will also discuss ways in which variables which are not currently assessed could be.
a. During this call, site processes to provide information to patients on the registry (opt-out letter and / or consent as per approved protocol) should be described to the ICRR, so the program can be supported in any way.
6. The site data steward shall arrange to enter pre-program data for the first patient privately (no screen sharing) while on a call with the user committee secretary (email@example.com) to troubleshoot any challenges. Any challenges with patient report (if opting in) will also be addressed.7. After the first month following entry of post-program data to the registry (based on the duration of your program as per your program survey responses), the site data steward shall have a video call with the user sub-committee co-chair and ICRR secretary to review challenges, data quality issues, and the functionality of the dashboards and patient lay summary (if the latter is used at the site). This will serve as in invitation to enter into the quality improvement learning committee (more detail to be provided in future).
About the association
The International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (ICCPR) was created in 2010 to bring together associations dedicated to the promotion of cardiovascular disease prevention and cardiac rehabilitation globally. Named Board member from each associations serve on our Council, which meets quarterly. ICCPR is an Associate International Member of the World Heart Federation.
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