Dr Dagmar Corry
This study aimed to determine the feasibility for a full trial protocol to evaluate the implementation and outcomes of an (ACP) intervention in primary care to assist older adults aged 70 years of age or older and assessed as being at risk of functional decline. It was implemented in two jurisdictions on the island of Ireland which employ different health systems but face similar health challenges.
The intervention was delivered by specially trained registered nurses in a primary care setting with older adults identified as at risk of functional decline and comprised: (a) information collection via patient assessment; (b) facilitated informed dialogue between the patient, family carer, general practitioner and other healthcare practitioners; and, (c) documentation of the agreed support plan and follow-up review dates. Through a structured consultation with patients and their family carers, the nurses completed a mutually agreed personalised support plan. Manuscripts reporting on findings are in various stages of preparation, with one currently under review.
Details of any grant/funding connected with the research
The Anticipatory Care Planning Study is funded from INTERREG VA funding of €8.84m (incl. 15% contribution from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland) that had been awarded to the HSC Research & Development Division of the Public Health Agency Northern Ireland and to the Health Research Board in Ireland for the Cross-border Healthcare Intervention Trials in Ireland Network (CHITIN) project.
What is your ideal Research outcome?
Ideally the cRCT would be followed by a full study at some stage, at which point I would be delighted to be involved. Ultimately I would love to see the ACP intervention put into practice in both the ROI and NI healthcare systems.
On a personal level, I would love to keep working at QUB, and perhaps more specifically at the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI).
Principal Investigator: Professor Kevin Brazil
Why did you choose your current post and why at Queen’s?
Interest in the project; interest in working at QUB, not least due to the University’s reputation of supporting its’ researchers.
How have you been supported at Queen’s?
I have been supported in every way possible to date. My PI has been wonderful to work with and exemplary in supporting me. I have had opportunities to present at a conference just before COVID-19; been given the opportunity to author papers and get involved in a grant application.
In what ways have you developed at Queen’s?
I have been able to utilise my experience in qualitative research from interview through to analysis and write up, along with involvement in all other aspects of the project. I have grown to fully value the power of teamwork, and more specifically, the importance and benefits of a committed and cohesive, multidisciplinary team spanning several institutions.
Can you describe the postdoctoral community in the School and at Queen’s?
CESI is a diverse and inclusive environment and efforts are clearly made to support researchers, e.g., disseminating information about job opportunities; providing training; and encouraging and facilitating communication. It is a joy to work there.
Where do you hope your current post will lead?
With my postdoctoral career as a Lecturer and Research Associate I had taken the post of Research Assistant due to personal reasons at the time. Little did I know how much scope there would be in this post and how much I would enjoy it. Of course, my aim is to get back on track and progress to Research Fellow, in the first instance, in the not too distant future at QUB. I hope for a long and fulfilling career at QUB.
Anything else you would like to add or advice to new Postdocs?
Appreciate your time at QUB and avail of every opportunity offered to you to become the best you can be.