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Help with research into heart failure rehab

Help with research into heart failure rehab

Partners and carers of people with heart failure in Birmingham are being sought to help researchers produce a self-help manual on cardiac rehabilitation.

 The researchers from Rehabilitation Enablement in Chronic Heart Failure (REACH-HF) want to understand the experiences of patients’ partners and carers and what support is needed from the health service.

 The team has already spoken to people in a rural area and now want to get a city perspective. They would like to put together a focus group in Birmingham, and hear from more people from black and ethnic minority groups living there.

 To be eligible you must have been providing support or care for at least six months. The patient can be a relative or close friend as well as a partner or spouse. Caregiving includes practical, emotional support and just keeping an eye out.

 The manual will be designed for people with heart failure and their families to help them manage the condition using the principles of cardiac rehabilitation. The document will be used with the support of a specially trained cardiac nurse.

 Senior clinical researcher Dr Jennifer Wingham said: “Caring for a loved one with heart failure can be a challenging role with many tasks and responsibilities. I am looking for people who are caring for someone with heart failure to take part in interviews to help me understand about their experiences and what support from the health service is needed.

 “I am working with a team of researchers to develop a manual that will enable people and their carers to live with this condition. This will be used with support from a specially trained nurse. We would like to develop a section in the manual specifically for carers. We are therefore looking for family members or carers to take part in individual interviews or focus groups.”

 If you are interested in taking part contact Dr Wingham  

 More details about the project are available here

by CMA Manager on 10-Jun-13 13:24

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