International CR Registry (ICRR)
The goal of the ICRR is to enable assessment of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) quality in low-resource settings, with the aim of ultimately improving patient outcomes. Access and equity will be paramount considerations.
We have secured funding from Qatar and York (Canada) Universities for 2 years to initiate and launch the ICRR. We will work with Dendrite to ensure a secure, private registry. We will undertake a series of studies to ensure: (1) the ICRR data dictionary is evidence-based (delphi panel), (2) usability for CR programs is optimized, and (3) participating programs can benchmark themselves against others internationally (with potential future program certification capability). The protocol is subject to research ethics board approval.
As per the ICRR organizational chart, the ICCR Steering Committee shall be led by an Executive Committee. The co-chairs of the ICRR Executive Committee are Drs. Sherry Grace (ICCPR Past-Chair, Canada) & Karam Turk-Adawi (ICCPR Friend, Qatar).
The steering committee shall be comprised of CR experts from all regions of the globe (6). Members will represent the diversity of disciplines delivering CR. Expertise incorporated includes: policy-making/ implementation science, registries (e.g., best practices, technology, privacy) and research (e.g., open data sharing, epidemiology, health informatics). The patient voice shall be represented in ICRR governance (user group). All members must be committed to upholding ICCPR’s mission, as outlined in our Charter.
From the outset it is conceived that the steering committee will have 2 regularly-meeting sub-committees (user group & research), with an ad-hoc group comprised of representatives of other CR registries internationally.
The remit of the ICRR Steering Committee includes: oversight, budget, initial development and launch, sustainability, and ethics/privacy/security. The ICRR Exec will lead these activities with input and approval from the Steering Committee.
The remit of the user group is to engage sites to join the registry and support on-boarding, liaise with users for training and to optimize data quality, and provide an avenue for feedback by users for registry improvement. The user group shall also work with interested programs to improve CR quality where low. The user group shall hold a virtual meeting annually with participating programs to report on data quality, benchmarking, among other items of business. The user group shall communicate and support all participating programs shall changes be made to the registry.
The research group shall develop and enact policies with regard to research data access and dissemination. Their remit will include data management (including liaising with user group regarding data quality improvement), data access, publications and presentations, and research program administration. With regard to data access, the research committee shall oversee ICRR Executive publication of the ICRR initial data, and then consider sharing data open access (pending privacy/ security approvals), or if not develop a process for scientists to apply for and gain access to ICRR data for dissemination to the research community.
For more information or to get involved, contact the ICRR Secretary Dr. Chowdhury at email@example.com. We hope you will be interested in our evidence-based minimum data set to be published here when available.
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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