Background: Although there have been a number of economic evaluations of cardiac rehabilitation after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) none has considered only low-risk patients or control groups with no rehabilitation at all.
Methods: An economic evaluation was included in a randomised controlled trial of patients following uncomplicated AMI. Eligible patients were randomised to return to normal activities after 6 weeks of standard rehabilitation REHAB, (n = 70) or to early return to normal activities 2 weeks after AMI with no formal rehabilitation ERNA, (n = 72). Outcomes were assessed weekly for 6 weeks, then 3, 6 and 12 months post-AMI.
Hall, J.; Wiseman, V.; King, M.; Ross, D.; Kovoor, P.; Zecchin, R.; Moir, F.; Denniss, A. Economic evaluation of a randomised trial of early return to normal activities versus cardiac rehabilitation after acute myocardial infarction. Heart, Lung and Circulation (2002) 11 (1) 10-18. [DOI: 10.1046/j.1444-2892.2002.00105.x]