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EU CaRE Study Focused on Older Patients

Joined by Secretary of Health, Mrs. Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthäler, in a press conference, Professor Dr. Uwe Zeymer, Chief Scientist of the study, and Dr. Eike Schromm, Chief Resident of the Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation, presented the European EU CaRE study. The study objective is to compare cardiac rehabilitation procedures currently in use for older patients in the seven participating countries and to derive action from the findings in order to improve therapy.

Stiftung Institut für Herzinfarktforschung in Ludwigshafen, the sole German research institute participating in the EU CaRE study for cardiac rehabilitation of the elderly, will provide a health economics evaluation based on data from all seven countries. Professor Zeymer said: “The study is supposed to investigate the effectiveness of procedures used to treat cardiovascular diseases. The study will not only gather and evaluate data on medical improvements but also on the patients’ quality of life and the costs involved with each procedure taking into account that cardiovascular diseases involve consequential costs gaining more and more relevance“.

Study participants will be attended by the team of the Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation whose chief resident Dr. Eike Schromm explained: “Complementary outpatient rehabilitation action may not only help to avoid hospital stays involving intensive treatment and high costs but also improve the patients’ quality of life. It is challenging to create rehabilitation procedures for older patients perfectly meeting their needs since acceptance in this group is lower than e.g. in occupational rehabilitation. Our objective is to help avoid progression of the disease and potential long-term care in patients suffering from chronic diseases“.

The “EU-CaRe“ project (European Study on the Effectiveness and Sustainability of Current Cardiac Rehabilitation Programmes in the Elderly) is funded by the European Union with a total of 6.4 million euros as part of the “Horizon 2020“ programme. Institutions from the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Denmark, France, and Germany participate in the study.


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