- Professor Emeritus, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Sciences & Technology
- PhD Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1972
- MSc Kinesiology, University of Florida, 1966
- BA English and Human Kinetics, Rhodes University, South Africa, 1964
- Coronary heart disease and rehabilitation
- Health-related quality of life in patients with coronary heart disease
- Cost-effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation
- The epidemiology of physical activity in the prevention and rehabilitation in persons at risk of or with diagnosed coronary heart disease
- Outcome assessment
Interests & Expertise
Neil Oldridge’s initial research focused on the impact of exercise rehabilitation in persons with coronary heart disease and the related issue of compliance with the intervention. This developed into a specific interest in health-related quality of life as a patient-reported outcome measure; he has developed two health-related quality of life questionnaires for patients with heart disease, the MacNew  and the HeartQoL , which are widely used internationally. Oldridge has been at the forefront of research into the investigation of the cost-effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation services.
Oldridge has been a principal or co-investigator on 28 research grants funded by agencies in Canada, the USA and Europe with more than $7 million in extramural funding between 1972 and 2012.
Oldridge’s teaching experience was focused primarily on a] the examination of the effectiveness of physical activity a] in the prevention and rehabilitation of persons at risk of or with diagnosed coronary heart disease and b] in persons with disabilities and c] chronic disease epidemiology.
Oldridge N, Taylor R. (2020). Cost-effectiveness of prescribed exercise interventions in patients with coronary heart disease, heart failure, and associated risk factors: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Eur J Prev Cardiol, 27, 1045-1055.
Oldridge NB, Pakosh MT, Thomas RJ. (2016). Cardiac rehabilitation in low- and middle-income countries: a review on cost and cost-effectiveness. Int Health, 8, 77-82.
Anderson L, Oldridge N, Thompson DR, Zwisler A-D, Rees K, Martin, et al. (2016). Exercise-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation for Coronary Heart Disease: Cochrane Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Am Coll Cardiol, 67, 1-12.
Oldridge N, Höfer S, McGee H, Doyle F, Conroy R, Saner H. (2014). The HeartQoL: I. Development of a new core health-related quality of life questionnaire for patients with ischaemic heart disease. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 21, 90-97.
Oldridge N, Höfer S, McGee H, Doyle F, Conroy R, Saner H. The HeartQoL: II. (2014). Validation of a new core health-related quality of life questionnaire for patients with ischaemic heart disease. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 21, 98-106.
Oldridge NB, Furlong W, Perkins A, Feeny D, Torrance G. (2008). Patient-based or community-based preferences in patients with recent myocardial infarction: Does it matter? Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil, 15, 608-15.
Thomas RJ, King M, Lui K, Oldridge N, Piña IL, Spertus J. (2007). AACVPR/ACC/AHA 2007 performance measures on cardiac rehabilitation for referral to and delivery of cardiac rehabilitation/secondary prevention services. Circulation, 116, 1611-1642.
Marchionni N, Fattirolli F, Fumagalli S, Oldridge N, del Lungo F, Morosi L, et al. (2003). Improved exercise tolerance and quality of life of older patients after myocardial infarction: Results of the cardiac rehabilitation in advanced age (CR-AGE) randomized, controlled trial. Circulation, 107, 2201-2206.
Jolliffe JA, Rees K, Taylor RS, Thompson D, Oldridge N, Ebrahim S. (2000). Exercise-based rehabilitation for coronary heart disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 4, CD001800.
Oldridge NB, Furlong W, Feeny D, Torrance G, Guyatt G, Crowe J, et al. (1993). Cost-effectiveness of rehabilitation following myocardial infarction. Am J Cardiol, 72, 154-161.
Oldridge N, Guyatt G, Jones N, Crowe J, Singer J, Feeny D, McKel vie R, et al. (1991). Effects on quality of life with cardiac rehabilitation after acute myocardial infarction. Am J Cardiol, 67, 1084-1089.
Oldridge NB, Guyatt GH, Fisher M, Rimm A. (1988). Cardiac rehabilitation after myocardial infarction: combining data from randomized clinical trials. JAMA, 260, 945-950.
Rechnitzer P, Cunningham DA, Andrew G, Buck C, Jones NL, Kavanagh T, Oldridge N, et al. (1983). The relation of exercise to the recurrence rate of myocardial infarction in men. Ontario Exercise-Heart Collaborative Study. Am J Cardiol, 51, 65-69.
Oldridge NB, Donner A, Buck C, Andrew G, Jones NL, Parker JO, et al. (1983). Predictors of dropout from the Ontario Exercise - Heart Collaborative Study. Am J Cardiol, 51, 70-74.
Oldridge NB, Nagle FJ, Balke B, Corliss RJ, Kahn D. (1978). Aortocoronary bypass surgery: Effects of surgery and 32 months of physical conditioning on treadmill performance. Arch Phys Medi Rehabilitation, 59, 268-275.
Honors & Awards
- Fellow (2010) European Society of Cardiology.
- Michael M. Pollock Established Investigator Award (2005) American Association Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
- Wei Lun Visiting Professorship (2004) Chinese University of Hong Kong.
- Peter Beckmann Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Research in Cardiac Rehabilitation (2002) German Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Disease.
- Strategic Planning, Chair (1997- 2001) American College of Sports Medicine.
- Citation Award (1994) American College of Sports Medicine.
- Research Award (1994) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Foundation.
- President (1990-1991) American College of Sports Medicine.
- Board of Directors (1985-1989) American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
- Founding Fellow (1985) American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
- Fellow (1976) American College of Sports Medicine.