Physical activity in patients with CHD: a collaborative partnership to identify and share good practices among European countries

5 Participating countries:
Start: 01-01-2015 - End: 31-12-2016
Project Reference: 557302-EPP-1-2014-1-IT-SPO-SCP
EC Grant: 446 065 EUR

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Sport
Action Type: Collaborative Partnerships

Summary

According to the ERASMUS+ SPORT programme, “TAKE HEART” project objectives were:• promote social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity, through increased participation in, and equal access to sport for all.In particular, the project, by means of its activities aimed to:• support the implementation of the EU Physical Activity Guidelines, to encourage participation in sport and physical activity.At systemic level, TAKE HEART project expected to contribute to the development of the European dimension in physical activity for all, in line with the general objective of the Programme in the sport field.This objective has been achieved thanks to the train the trainers activity (course in Rome and national replications), to the e-learning course and to the conferences to the population.Materials of the courses are available in English and in the partners’ national languages. So, also experts, citizens, patients of non participating countries can have access to precious information about the importance of physical activity for cardiac patients. While the conference to the population and the press activities have informed the general population about the burden of the disease, the benefits and the opportunities provided by CR.Finally, from an individual's perspective, “TAKE HEART” project aimed to engage patients and to motivate them to perform CR and to maintain an high adherence to physical activity programs and therefore to increased levels of participation in sport and physical activity. As pointed out in the analysis of the literature one of the most important factors influencing referral is the degree of the physician’s perceived benefit of CR and one of the most powerful predictors of attendance is the physician endorsement of the benefits of CR. Therefore it is expected, even if we cannot quantify it, that the improvement in medical culture in the countries involved in the project, together with the activities targeted to the population, have increased the participation in physical activity in patients with CHD.

Results

Description

TAKE HEART’s analysis of the local context has been carried out in all the project participating
countries with the aim to collect information about CHD epidemiology, CR structures, CR
protocols, identification of the project target groups and assessment of their needs.
This research activity has been considered as a fundamental step in TAKE HEART project, since it
deepened partner’s knowledge about the local situation and allowed the understanding of the
general framework in which activities will be carried out.
The common methodological tool used by TAKE HEART partners to collect, report and analyse
data and information in their countries has been a questionnaire (annex 1) made of 4 sections:
Section 1:Epidemiological data
Section 2: National Health System
Section 3: Cardiac Rehabilitation Path
Section 4: Cardiac Rehabilitation Framework
Each section has been identified according to its relevance to TAKE HEART project’s aims and
expected results.


Contents
Description

Good practices are much more than a simple idea source for future interventions, their comprehensive nature allows them to assist program developers in every stage of the planning process. In fact, good practices are a very important link between the past and the future of what we are doing for CR.
Good practices are essentially interventions aimed at increasing the rate of CR attendance in one way or
another. These interventions can be categorized as follows:
- Referral focused
- Attendance focused
Good practices have been collected through literature review of international publication databases and directly from partner countries through their own research.


Contents
Description

The project flyer contains basic information about the project, its objectives and activities. It has been realised in English, Italian, German, Romanian, Hungarian and Norwich (project languages).


Contents
Description

The material is structured in 3 training modules:
MODULE 1 - Epidemiological background of the disease
MODULE 2 - Cardiac rehabilitation
MODULE 3 - CR: current situation and future scenarios
Plus, a module with the presentation of the project and a module to explain what “train the trainers” methodology is and its benefits.
The course has been developed in English and then, all the partners translated the materials into their national languages (materials in Italian, Hungarian, Romanian and Norwich).
To access the course material please register here
http://www.takeheartproject.eu/e.learning-log-eng.php


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Coordinator

CONI SERVIZI SPA

LARGO LAURO DE BOSIS 15, 00194
ROMA RM
Extra-Regio NUTS 2
IT
takeheart@coni.it

Organisation type: Research Institute/Centre

Partners

UNIVERSITATEA DIN CRAIOVA
CRAIOVA
Sud-Vest Oltenia
Organisation type: Research Institute/Centre
DEKUT DEBRECENI KUTATASFEJLESZTESINONPROFIT KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
DEBRECEN
Hajdú-Bihar
Organisation type: Research Institute/Centre
GEMEINNUTZIGE SALZBURGER LANDESKLINIKEN BETRIEBSGESELLSCHAFT
SALZBURG
Salzburg
Organisation type: Research Institute/Centre
LHL-KLINIKKENE AS
OSLO
Oslo
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise

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