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In addition to the main Scientific Programme the workshops are a great added benefit.

Registration for the Pre-conference workshops is obligatory and is available online when registering for the congress.

Improving understanding of the complexity of the heart using 3D technology

Date: Saturday 9 June all day - on the hour, every hour

Location: Exhibition/Poster area

  • Brief introduction to 3D medical technology for both student and patient education
  • 3D anatomy of the heart
  • Physiology of the heart (electrical impulses) and simulation of beating heart, contextualised in a 3D environment.
  • Cardiac Pathology in 3D
    • Case Studies: Atherosclerosis & Heart Failure

Test your CPR

Date: Friday 8 June all day

Location: Exhibition/Poster area

Research shows that performing quality CPR increases chances of survival from cardiac arrest. The Irish Heart Foundation have provided a fun and interactive way for conference delegates to test themselves on the quality of their CPR.

Throughout Friday 8 June delegates will be invited to take two minutes to test the quality of their CPR.

If you have any questions on CPR the team will be happy to answer them.

Pre-Conference Practice Workshop

Current challenges in medication management

Date: Thursday 7 June

Time: 16:00-18:30

Location: Trinity College

Pre-Conference Research Workshop

Applying complex intervention frameworks

Date: Thursday 7 June
Time: 16:00-18:30

Location: Trinity College

Organised by the Science Committee of CCNAP, Dublin, June 7th 2018.

This workshop is aimed at doctoral and post-doctoral students and those involved or interested in clinical research. The topic for the workshop is on applying complex intervention frameworks as these are often used in cardiovascular research. The workshop will include a presentation by Professor Barbara Riegel who has undertaken extensive research in self-care practices in those with heart failure and is an expert on complex interventions. We also have a presentation by a current PhD student, Mariela Acuna Mora from Sweden who will outline how she uses complex interventions in her PhD studies. There will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and if you want to ask a specific question related to your research, there will be plenty of time to do this. We look forward to seeing you in Dublin.

16.00-16.10 - Introduction and welcome

By Gerry Lee (chair) & Science Committee members

16.10-16.40 - Part 1: Presentation by Professor Barbara Riegel on complex interventions

What is a complex intervention & how can it be applied in cardiovascular research?

Complex intervention frameworks in doctoral research

16.40-17.00 - Mariela Acuna Mora, Sweden

‘Theoretical and clinical challenges when developing and evaluating complex interventions in health.’

17.00-17.40 - Part 2: Small group work with committee and presenters

An opportunity for participants to ask questions and share their experiences about complex interventions

17.40-18.20 - Part 3: Open discussion and interactions with the audience

Discussion on issues around undertaking complex interventions

Closing Comments 18.20-18.30

Biographies of presenters:

Professor Barbara Riegel is the Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor of Gerontology Facilitator, Biobehavioral Research Collaborative at Penn University. Beginning when she was a clinical nurse researcher in an acute care setting and continuing since then, Dr. Riegel has created a rich body of evidence aimed at helping older adults with heart failure enjoy a high quality of life in their own homes. Her work includes development of the Self-Care of Heart Failure Index, a psychometrically sound instrument. She has received support from her research from NIH, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and other funders.

Dr. Riegel’s current projects address medication adherence, the biggest reason for hospital readmission among older adults with heart failure. Her research has found that poor sleep influences medication adherence and this in turn increases hospitalization rates. This led her to her current interests: designing and evaluating a staged intervention to help older adults with heart failure take their medications and using technologies such as Skype to coach patients and their caregivers in self-care.

Mariela Acuna Mora studied nursing science at the University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica and on 2013 she moved to Sweden to do a Master in Public Health with Health Economics. Since 2015 is a PhD fellow at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and KU Leuven, Belgium. Her research is focused on patient empowerment of young persons with chronic conditions during the transition to adulthood and adult care. As part of the STEPSTONES Project, she has been involved in the development and evaluation of a complex intervention aiming to empower young persons with congenital heart defects. She is also involved in the introductory research methods courses for nursing students and as a bachelor thesis supervisor.