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AACVPR is now accepting applications for research proposals based upon analysis of registry data.

The registries are a unique and powerful tool for tracking patient outcomes and program performance in meeting evidence-based guidelines for cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation. AACVPR is pleased to announce the launch of our second Call for Research Proposals where existing aggregate data can be used to help drive research into CR & PR outcomes and help us all make the case for the expanded application of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. The application review process will be overseen by the AACVPR Research Committee with attention to scientific merit and feasibility.

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Interested in learning more about the creation of the Data Analytic Center and how the Registry Data Analysis Request process will work? View the video above for insight from AACVPR’s Data Analytic Center and Research Committee teams on how we got here and what you have to look forward to with this new initiative.


2023 Application Timeline

  • October 6, 2023 – Applications Open
  • December 15, 2023 – All Applications Due
  • February 16, 2024 – Notification of Application Status Takes Place




Data Analytic Center Team

AACVPR’s Data Analytic Center (DAC) team was established in 2019 by the AACVPR Board of Directors after a formal Request for Applications process. AACVPR selected a team out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to conduct all data analysis for AACVPR’s registries. The DAC team at UAB is composed of lead Todd M. Brown, MD, MSPH, FAACVPR, PhD Level Statistician George Howard, DrPH, and Masters Level Statistician Yu Zhang, MS.


Current and Recent Registry Data Projects

Please see below for current and recent registry research projects. When final publications or presentations are available, they will be linked here.

Project Title

Principal Investigator & Institution


Outcomes of Current Smokers versus Non-Smokers in Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehab

Katherine Menson, DO
University of Vermont

Initial analysis complete

Copays and Cardiac Rehab Adherence

Quinn Pack, MD, MSc
University of Massachusetts Medical School - Baystate

Initial analysis underway

To hear more about the Data Analytic Center’s work over the past year, please view the recording of the Data Analytic Center Session at AACVPR’s 38th Annual Meeting below.

FAQs (click to expand)

Q: Can you please explain why researchers are required to have manuscripts, abstracts, and presentations based on registry data approved by AACVPR? Does AACVPR then endorse the final product if it is approved by the research committee?

A: The opinions, results, and conclusions reported are those of the authors are independent from AACVPR. We will require the opportunity to review the abstract, presentation, or manuscript prior to publication for the reasons listed below:

1. To expedite orderly and timely reporting of data originating from the Registries.

2. To facilitate scientifically accurate presentations and papers from Registries.

3. To ensure that multiple publications of the same data by different authors is avoided

4. To ensure that press releases, interviews, presentations, and publications from the Registries are accurate and objective, and do not compromise the scientific integrity of AACVPR.

5. To establish procedures which allow the Research Committee to exercise review responsibility for publications and presentations in a timely fashion utilizing data from the Registries.

6. To maintain a complete up-to-date list of presentations and publications utilizing data from the Registries, and to make available such lists to AACVPR leadership and general membership on a regular basis.

7. To clarify the acknowledgment of external support of research utilizing Registry data for publication.

8. To ensure the appropriate use of Registry data with regards to educational, marketing, or promotional materials not created by AACVPR

Q: Is there anything I should be aware of when planning to write a manuscript based off of data analysis conducted by a Data Analytic Center?

A: For publications, consider consulting the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals ( to ensure that all necessary elements for publication in a medical journal will be available when the proposed study is completed Additional details regarding ICMJE recommendations and language to use for publications can be found in the AACVPR Registry Research Requests and Publications FAQs DocumenFor example, the ICMJE recommendations includes:


"Authors should avoid entering into agreements with study sponsors, both for-profit and non-profit, that interfere with authors’ access to all of the study’s data or that interfere with their ability to analyze and interpret the data and to prepare and publish manuscripts independently when and where they choose. Policies that dictate where authors may publish their work violate this principle of academic freedom. Authors may be required to provide the journal with the agreements in confidence."

Consider using a statement like this:


This study/report/presentation was supported by data obtained, whole or in part, from the AACVPR Outpatient Cardiac (Pulmonary) Rehabilitation Registry. The opinions, results

and conclusions reported are those of the authors and are independent from the AACVPR. No endorsement by AACVPR is intended or should be inferred. This manuscript adheres to AACVPR’s Publications and Presentations Policy. The policy states, “The AACVPR Research Committee oversees the policies and procedures requisite to ensure the accurate and appropriate dissemination of findings from the registries through publications and presentations. The Publication and Presentation Policies were developed to abide to the privacy policies regarding use of the Registry data defined in the participant agreement and to maximize scientific integrity and accurate interpretation of findings from the Registry data to professional communities.” AACVPR did not dictate where the authors were allowed to publish but did approve the Application for Use of the Outpatient Cardiac and/or Pulmonary Registry For Research Purposes, which included a preliminary plan for dissemination of the results.


For example, item 12.1 of the RECORD statement is:

“Authors should describe the extent to which the investigators had access to the database population used to create the study population.”


Because AACVPR will not release any raw data to the investigators, consider using a statement like this:


“No data from the AACVPR Cardiac (or Pulmonary) Rehabilitation Registry was released directly to the researcher. AACVPR requires that the Data Analytic Center (DAC) conduct the data analyses. The statistician at the DAC is independent of both AACVPR and the research team. The statistical programming code and output can be made available as a supplement so that anyone can verify that the manuscript matches the data analyses. The raw data in the registry cannot be altered because it's been cleaned and is used for other purposes (e.g., reporting by individual programs). Every study using data from the AACVPR Cardiac (or Pulmonary) Rehabilitation Registry requires an application for research which serves as a pre-registration, and which can be made available to ensure transparency. A list of pre-registered studies is maintained by the DAC to prevent redundant publishing.”

Q: How many research proposals will AACVPR accept during this application period?

A: We currently plan to accept up to two proposals. We may adjust the number of proposals we accept for future application periods.

Q: Will any member of the Data Analytic Center team need to be listed as coauthors on any publications created based on the registry data?

A: Yes, at a minimum, the master’s level statistician will need to be listed as a coauthor. Depending upon the scope of the research project and involvement by the Data Analytic Center Lead and PhD Level statistician, it may also be appropriate to include them as coauthors as well.

Q: When did the most recent data pull take place, and how often do you plan to pull updated data from the registries for analysis?

A: The current data that will be used for the first round of research proposals was pulled in February 2021. Please note that the registry fields added in the May 2022 Enhancements are not included in the data set.


Any questions regarding the application process, policy documents, or available data points should be sent to for a response.


AACVPR would like to thank the following sponsors of the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry and the Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Registry for their support