The Cardiovascular Health Research Group (CHRG), which incorporates the BHF Care and Education Research Group, is leading national and international collaborative research for the benefit of patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD). The CHRG continues to produce high-quality research and research impact that is driving the quality of, and outcomes from, cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation services. Our research is enabled through the Department of Health Sciences which is acknowledged as a world-leading research environment (100% 4 star) in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). The CHRG has a track record in supporting early career researchers and PhD students to be successful researchers. The following is a flavour of the research we are presently involved in:
NACR-UK is a collaborative project between the National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR), NHS Digital and BHF. NACR monitors service quality and patient outcomes at a local, regional and national level and has created a huge dataset which has enabled its researchers to identify the characteristics of top-performing cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation services. Our research has led to the creation of national clinical minimum standards which inform the National Certification Programme for cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation services .
Professor Doherty is co-leading on observational research investigating the effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention programmes in routine practice. This is a collaborative project with the Danish Cardiac Rehab Registry.
The prognostic effect of cardiac rehabilitation in the era of acute revascularisation and statin therapy: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised and non-randomised studies. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Outcome Study (CROS). Our first paper from this research was published in 2016 and has re-affirmed the effectiveness of in the modern era of cardiology.
CopenHeart project is Danish led project examining the effects of rehabilitation including complex cardiac patients compared to the physical and psychosocial functioning. The project also highlights the effect of rehabilitation in relation to morbidity, care consumption and mortality and the economic and organisational consequences of rehabilitation.
Professor Doherty first developed a chair based exercise (CBE) programme in 2007 which he updated in 2011 to align with needs of patients with heart failure. The CBE programme is being evaluated as part of NIHR study (REACH-HF) which will complete in 2018.