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Project Title

Development of a supportive intervention to meet the needs of carers of people with advanced heart failure

Research Focus

Chronic Illness & Palliative Care

Funder & Dates

Chest Heart & Stroke NI  Sept 2017- Sept 2018

Principle Investigator or Primary Supervisor ( if PhD project)

Prof Donna Fitzsimons

Co-Investigators or additional supervisors

Dr Loreena Hill

Research Fellow (s) or PhD student

Ms Lorna Cassidy

Name & Institution of Collaborators

Belfast Health & Social Care Trust & South Eastern Health & social care Trust

Name of External Partner Organisation


Description of Project: Aim; Methods


This study aims to model, develop and feasibility test a novel intervention for carers of patients with advanced heart failure. An all-Ireland workshop with healthcare professionals will clarify the component of the evidence based intervention.  A sample (n=30) of carers/family members of patients with heart failure will be invited to test the intervention. Outcome measure include acceptability of the intervention to study participants, willingness of clinicians to recruit participants, willingness of caregivers to participate, completion rates.

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Prof. Donna Fitzsimons

Dr. Loreena Hill

Lorna Cassidy


Links/URLs to external pages, eg., study webpage, reports, publications etc



LC Doherty, D Fitzsimons, SJ McIlfatrick  Carers’ needs in advanced heart failure: A systematic narrative review. Euro J Cardiovasc Nurs 2016; 15 (4): 203-212

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