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Cardiac Rehabilitation Centres: Joint the RELAX ICD Trial

Call for participation

REhabilitation, quality-of-Life And eXercise tolerance in Internal Cardioverter-Defibrillator patients - RELAX-ICD trial.

The study is conducted as an international prospective randomised multicentre trial, where patients are randomised into 3 groups:

  •  Comprehensive cardiovascular rehabilitation programme with psychoeducational counselling,
  • Psychoeducational counselling only, and 
  • Usual care group.

The centre eligibility criteria are:

  • Collaboration with a department of clinical electrophysiology with an implantation volume of minimum 15 ICD’s/year
  • Ability to include 10 ICD patients/year into the study
  • Structured, comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programme which fulfills the quality criteria of the study protocol
  • Support from a psychologist and/or cardiac healthcare professional trained in counselling and delivering a cognitive behavioural intervention (training on the psychoeducational intervention delivered in the RELAX-ICD trial will be offered)
  • Possibility to perform a cardiopulmonary exercise test with respiratory gas analysis on treadmill or bicycle

Several centres are already recruiting patients. However, to obtain the target number of 300 patients, we are still looking for participating centres. 

The next training meeting on the psycho-educational intervention is planned to be held in May this year and is offered to psychologists or health care workers of centres willing to participate in the study.

For further information, please contact Doctor Jean-Paul Schmid