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Cardiac rehabilitation for cancer patients with heart failure


Project Description

Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is a fundamental component of care for people with heart disease (BACPR, 2017). Traditionally, CR has been offered to patients after heart attack and cardiac surgery but patients are becoming more complex and have many conditions rather than just one thing wrong with their heart. People who have chemotherapy/ targeted therapies for cancer may have complications that can result in them having heart failure which means they are complex and eligible for CR. Evidence regarding their participation and engagement in CR however, is scant and little is known of their CR needs and the outcomes of these patients after CR programme completion.

You are invited to join a team of academics/ researchers expert in cancer and cardiovascular health at Edinburgh Napier University to undertake a mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) study exploring:
• What are the perceptions of patients with cancer and heart failure regarding CR?
• What are the perceptions of health care professioanals regarding patients with cancer and heart failure engaging with CR?
• What are the short term (3 months) and long term (12 month) outcomes of patients with cancer and heart failure who have completed CR?

As a PhD student on this project you will be supervised by two subject experts at Edinburgh Napier University who will each contribute to your research training. Professor Susan Dawkes is a nurse who has expertise in cardiovascular health. She holds/ has held a variety of clinical leadership positions related to her subject specialism and has supervised several students to successful completion of their studies. She is an Honorary Research Consultant in NHS Lothian as well as currently being President of the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. Professor Anna Campbell has expertise in the research field of exercise and cancer survivorship and in the implementation and evaluation of community based programmes for cancer patients and survivors. She is Chair of American Coillege of Sports Medicine Cancer group and an advisor to Macmillan Cancer Care.

Academic qualifications
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in a discipline associated with clinical exercise and health with a good fundamental knowledge of clinical research.

English language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.

Essential attributes:
• Experience of fundamental research methodology
• Competent in data management
• Knowledge of research methodology, exercise physiology, cardiovascular disease and / or cancer.
• Good written and oral communication skills
• Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
• Good time management

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded position

References

British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation
(2017) The BACPR standards and core components for cardiovascular
prevention and rehabilitation. London; British Cardiovascular Society.
Foulkes, S., Howden, E., Bigaran, A., Jan ssens, K., Antill, Y., Loi, S., Claus, P.,
Haykowsky, M., Daly, R., Fraser, S., and La Gerche, A. (2019) Persistent
impairment in cardiopulmonary fitness after breat cancer chemotherapy.
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 51 (8) 1573-1581

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