Name: Gemma Caughers
Research Theme: Chronic Illness and Palliative Care
Research Title: Improving engagement with Cardiac Rehabilitation using innovative approaches developed through Experience Based Co-Design
Research Interests: Cardiac Rehabilitation, Acute Cardiac Care
Supervisors: Prof Donna Fitzsimons, Prof Judy Bradley, Dr Patrick Donnelly
Background: Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) is offered to the majority of heart attack patients; it is an effective education and exercise programme which helps prevent further heart attacks and improves long-term health. Even though CR is effective, less than half of eligible patients in N. Ireland choose to attend.
Aim: To explore why patients choose not to attend or complete CR and to develop new ways of providing the service which will be more appealing to patients
Method: The study uses a method where patients, staff and researchers collaborate to find a solution to the problem, Experience Based Co-Design. Participants will be recruited across each of the 5 Health and Social Care Trusts.
Outcome: Innovative approaches to providing CR will be co-designed by staff, patients and the public.
Conferences & Publications
Caughers G, Bradley J, Donnelly P and Fitzsimmons D. (2019) Rejuvenating rehab protocol - Using experience based co-design to improve engagement with cardiac rehabilitation, EuroPrevent, Lisbon, 10.04.19
Caughers G, Bradley J, Donnelly P and Fitzsimmons D. (2019) Rejuvenating Rehab: Using Experience Based Co-design to improve patient engagement with Cardiac Rehabilitation, INCA Scientific Meeting, Galway, 17.10.19
Caughers G, Bradley J, Donnelly P and Fitzsimmons D. (2019) Rejuvenating Rehab: Using Experience Based Co-design to improve patient engagement with Cardiac Rehabilitation, Joint Public Health Conference, Belfast, 27.11.19
Caughers G, Bradley J, Donnelly P and Fitzsimmons D. (2019) Rejuvenating Rehab: Using Experience Based Co-design to improve patient engagement with Cardiac Rehabilitation, School of Nursing and Midwifery Showcase, Belfast, 10.12.19
Caughers G, Bradley J, Donnelly P and Fitzsimmons D. (2020) Exploring the acceptability of current delivery modes and content of Cardiac Rehabilitation: a qualitative study. EuroHeartCare 2020, awaiting acceptance.
Under maiden name (McAnirn, G);
McAnirn G, Lusk L, Donnelly P, McKenna N, Hamill C and Fitzsimons D. (2015) Shocked and guilty, but highly motivated: Younger patients’ experience post MI. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, Vol 10, issue12, p610.
McAnirn, G., Fitzsimons, D., Lusk, L., McKenna, N. and Hamill, C. (2015) Family support motivates younger patients to make positive lifestyle changes post MI. In: Jaarsma, T, Stromberg, A. and Thompson, D. eds EuroHeartCare, 14-15 June 2015, Dubrovnik Croatia, European Journal Cardiovascular Nursing Vol 14 Suppl. 1 June 2015.
McAnirn, G, Madden, K and Carson, B. (2015) Angiogram - Better Information for Patients Presented at INCA Scientific Conference, Kilkenny, October 6th, 2016.
I am a registered Nurse with 10 years Cardiology experience. I completed my Masters in QUB in 2014 and conducted a Qualitative study with younger patients following their first Heart Attack in my final year. The results from this study led to the development of my current PhD. I am funded by the Public Health Agency on a Research and Development Fellowship.
My Perfect PhD Day
Tidying up loose ends and ticking things off the “to-do” list
BSc Nursing – Evidence Based Nursing (Year 2)
When I’m not PhDing…
I’m running, swimming, looking after my children or crocheting!