Simona Inkrot, Waikato DHB Heart Failure clinical nurse specialist based in Thames, has been awarded a research grant by the Heart Foundation. Her 18-month research project will focus on person-centred care in the context of chronic heart failure management in the community.
To mark World Heart Day, the Heart Foundation today announced $1.7 million in new funding for research and cardiology training.
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The power of interpersonal connection
Do empathy and compassion in healthcare delivery affect a patient’s ability to look after themselves?
That’s a question Simona Inkrot hopes to answer over the next 18 months, through her research project titled ‘Person-centred care in the context of chronic heart failure management in the community’.
Funded by the Heart Foundation, Ms Inkrot will try to unravel which actions are most effective in improving a patient’s ability and willingness to self-care.
“We know that, in combination with medical treatment, self-care can play a major role in preventing deterioration and hospitalisation for people with a chronic condition such as heart failure,” she says.
“The aim of my research is to show, in a scientific way, that empathy and compassion in healthcare are directly related to a patient’s ability and willingness to look after themselves, and to feel empowered.”
Ms Inkrot, a Heart Failure clinical nurse specialist from Waikato DHB’s Department of Cardiology, will use a questionnaire to measure the amount of empathy patients feel they have received during their consultation.
“We aim to analyse which person-centred care factors correlate most with and predict good self-care and self-rated health, and use this information to further shape and guide our practice within the Waikato Integrated Heart Failure Service to improve health outcomes.
“In addition, we propose to compare the patients’ perceptions of their self-care skills against the Heart Failure Clinical Nurse Specialists’ assessment.”
She will then seek to identify gaps in understanding and further develop individualised self-care support plans for patients.
Her research could benefit many New Zealanders, not just those living with heart failure.
“Every New Zealander is likely to have encounters with healthcare providers at some point in their lives. I’m hoping to encourage clinicians to be aware of and use the power of an interpersonal connection in their interaction with patients.”
Ms Inkrot says she feels honoured by the Heart Foundation’s decision to trust in and fund her research.
“And I am humbled and deeply grateful to every person who has donated money to enable them to do so.”
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