Paula gave an overview of the research areas across the Trust where patients and the public can get involved. She also spoke about the support available to heart researchers and patients provided by the NIHR cardiovascular biomedical research unit.
Over 100 people attended the Conference’s Patient Day, providing an opportunity to find out patient and public views on recruiting patients into heart attack research. Approaching patients and gaining consent in emergency settings creates unique challenges and dilemmas for researchers. Conference visitors were invited to provide feedback using a questionnaire about their views on consenting to this type of research. Findings will help researchers better understand the patient perspective on taking part in research in emergency settings.
In October 2013, Paula was awarded the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) Patients First Programme bursary. Working with Harefield Hospital’s cardiac catheter laboratory team and acute cardiac care unit, her project looked at the impact that taking part in research has upon a patient’s emotional wellbeing. Paula said: “Having a heart attack is often an emotionally poignant event in a person’s life and patients referred to Harefield Hospital are frequently asked to participate in one of our research studies. Our goal is to assess a patient’s treatment and research experiences, and how these experiences intersect with the perceptions of staff.”
To find out more about our active research click here and for resources for involving patients and the public contact Julia Coffey. For more details on the eighth Annual Primary Angioplasty Conference click here
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