Preferences for cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation care: A discrete choice experiment among patients in Lebanon

Rebecca Farah*, Wim Groot, Milena Pavlova

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


OBJECTIVE: Patient preferences are important in designing optimal rehabilitation care. The aim of this study is to assess preferences for rehabilitation care among two groups of respondents.

DESIGN: An online discrete choice experiment survey was carried out.

SETTING: We use data for Lebanon, a country where rehabilitation care is still underdeveloped.

PARTICIPANTS: Patients who have undergone or are currently undergoing rehabilitation treatment (users) and those who have not (yet) used rehabilitation care (non-users).

INTERVENTION: Patients were asked to repeatedly choose between two hypothetical rehabilitation care packages with seven different attributes: attitude of the staff, travel time to clinic, out-of-pocket costs, medical equipment, rehabilitation plan, additional lifestyle education session, and support during rehabilitation care.

MAIN MEASURES: Preference heterogeneity among patients with different characteristics was investigated using random effect binary logistic regression (software package Stata 15).

RESULTS: In total, 126 respondents completed the survey. The most preferred attribute was an informal and friendly attitude of the staff followed by modern medical equipment, additional lifestyle education session via eHealth, and support during the rehabilitation program via phone call or SMS. Respondents were less in favor of going to the rehabilitation clinic and paying additional out-of-pocket costs for the rehabilitation treatment. This rank order was similar between users and non-users.

CONCLUSION: Preferences of patients regarding the type of program chosen (eHealth or at clinical-based) need to be included in future rehabilitation programs. Improving patient experience with rehabilitation programs by giving the best care based on a patient-centered approach is essential.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2692155221149371
Pages (from-to)954-963
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Rehabilitation
Issue number7
Early online date30 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023


Dive into the research topics of 'Preferences for cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation care: A discrete choice experiment among patients in Lebanon'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this