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Population and Community Health


Cardiovascular Health and Wellbeing

Significant improvements in cardiovascular health have been achieved both nationally and internationally over the past two decades. However, with our ageing population and increases in rates of obesity and diabetes, such positive trends are unlikely to be maintained with current practices.

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Current members:  Gobnait Byrne, Margarita Corry, Kathleen Neenan, Gabrielle  McKee (lead), Mary Mooney, Frances O’Brien, Sharon O’Donnell

Current projects

  • Survey of factors and barriers that influence the use of European society of cardiology guidelines in Irish   nurses working with cardiac patients. Gabrielle McKee PI, Bernie Hannon, Avril Lowry, Sinead Teehan, Maria Hayes, Mags Touhy, Loreena Hill. Norma Caples, Edel Cronin, Nessa Gillen, Emer Lodge , Shirley Ingram
  • Evaluation of patient outcomes following attendance at a peripheral arterial disease (PAD) rehabilitation programme.  Gabrielle McKee. Noeleen Fallon ( PI), Caroline Finn, Patricia McGeary, Victoria Jones, Vincent Maher, Sean Tierney, Bridget Egan, Rose O’Mahony, Nora Flynn, Mary Quirke. 
  • A correlational study to investigate the relationship between delayed discharge and removal of epicardial pacing wires following cardiac surgery. Mary Mooney PI, Prof Frances O' Brien, Niamh Kiely, ANP (St. James’s Hospital)

Current research students

Project ideas MSc 

  • A observational cohort comparative study of Central Applications Office (CAO) career choice ratings for nursing, versus those places that were offered and accepted and the outcomes (attrition or remained in nursing) of those whose first choice was not nursing:  Prof Mary Mooney & Prof Frances O'Brien

Open opportunities for MSc/PhD projects

There are opportunities for PhD projects in the following topics:

  • An action research project to evaluate, develop and implement telephone follow-up as a mechanism for post-discharge support. Prof Sharon O'Donnell
  • An action research project to evaluate, develop and implement a standardised patient discharge information protocol in a cardiac setting. Prof Mary Mooney & Prof Frances O'Brien
  • An education and support intervention to improve caregiver outcomes and reduce hospital re-admission rates among patients with heart failure in Ireland.  Prof. Margarita Corry and Prof. Mary Mooney.
  • A longitudinal study to evaluate the outcomes (MACE and symptom related readmission) within a 12 month period of patients who are diagnosed using CT angiogram versus percutaneous coronary angiogram: Prof Mary Mooney & Prof Frances O'Brien.
  • An action research project to evaluate, develop and implement telephone follow-up as a mechanism for post-discharge support. Prof Sharon O'Donnell
  • An action research project to evaluate, develop and implement a standardised patient discharge information protocol in a cardiac setting. Prof Mary Mooney & Prof Frances O'Brien
  • An action research project to evaluate the problem of non-attendance at cardiac appointments and to develop and implement a strategy to address this. Prof Gabrielle McKee and Prof Mary Mooney

Completed projects

  • What is preventing Nurses and Allied Professionals from implementing clinical guidelines? A survey from the European Society of Cardiology Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions. Prof Gabrielle McKee (PI), Dr Caitriona Jennings (Imperial College), Dr Donna Fitzsimmons (UU)
  • Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) deactivation and end of life issues among ICD recipients. Prof Debra Moser (PI), Prof Sharon O Donnell, Prof Mary Mooney, Prof Frances O' Brien, Prof Gabrielle McKee
  • Evaluation of outcomes of e-based phase III cardiac rehabilitation programme (Evaluation health care interventions: Cardiac Rehabilitation St James Hospital Phase 5). Mary Kerins PI (St James Hospital). Prof Gabrielle McKee Geraldine Prizeman (TCPHI)
  • Changes in risk factor profile of patients attending cardiac rehabilitation over the last 10 years  (Evaluation health care interventions : Cardiac Rehabilitation St James' Hospital Phase 6), Mary Kerins PI (St James' Hospital), Prof Gabrielle McKee
  • Evaluation of Endovenous Ablation procedures (Laser/Radio frequency) to treat Varicose Veins. Bernie Hannon PI (St James’ Hospital Veins Unit), Prof Sharon O Donnell
  • An examination of the impact of the role of the ANP on Stroke patient outcomes. Patricia Daly PI (Naas Hospital) Prof Sharon O Donnell,
  • Discharge of non-ACS chest pain patients from Emergency Care to a nurse led out-patient chest pain clinic: An observational study of referral source and final diagnosis. : Shirley Ingram PI, Prof Gabrielle McKee
  • Evaluation of patient outcomes following attendance at a heart failure cardiac rehabilitation  programme (Evaluating health care interventions and innovations : cardiac rehabilitation in Tallaght Hospital project 3). Noeleen Fallon PI (Tallaght Hospital), Prof Gabrielle McKee
  • An evaluation of patients’ experiences of advanced nurse practitioner-led chest pain services in Naas and Tallaght Hospitals. Jacqueline O’Toole PI (Naas Hospital) , Shirley Ingram(Tallaght Hospital), Prof Frances O' Brien
  • An investigation into the use, duration and complications of epicardial pacing wires following cardiac surgery. Mary Mooney PI, Prof Frances O' Brien, Niamh Kiely, ANP (St. James’s Hospital)
  • The Effectiveness of a Structured Educational Intervention on the length of pre-hospital delay in patients at risk of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS): ACS Response time – Intervention Trial. PI Prof Gabrielle McKee
  • An Examination of Gendered presentation in Acute Coronary Syndrome. PI Prof Sharon O'Donnell
  • Irish Women's Early Warning Symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome. PI Prof Sharon O'Donnell
  • Cardiac Nurses' Heart Disease Knowledge Study. PI Prof Gabrielle McKee
  • Evaluation Healthcare Interventions: Cardiac Rehabilitation St James' Hospital: Mary Kerins (PI), Prof Gabrielle McKee
    • Phase 1: Quality of life of cardiac rehabilitation patients
    • Phase 2: Patient satisfaction
    • Phase 3: The influence of stages of change on patient outcomes in cardiac rehabilitation
    • Phase 4: Factors that influence cardiac rehabilitation programme attendance
  • Evaluating healthcare interventions and innovations: cardiac rehabilitation in Tallaght Hospital: Noeleen Fallon (Tallaght Hospital), Prof Gabrielle McKee, Caroline Finn (Tallaght Hospital), Nora Flynn (Tallaght Hospital), Rose O'Mahony (Tallaght Hospital), Patricia McGeary (Tallaght Hospital).
    • Project 1: The effectiveness of the systematic identification and follow up of hypertensive patients using ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (APBM) in cardiac rehabilitation (CR).
    • Project 2: Analysis & Management of Problems during Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Completed research students

  • Prof Sharon O Donnell, Women and myocardial infarction: an analysis of care pathway delays. Principal Supervisor: Prof Cecily Begley
  • Mary Kerins, The Reasons for non-attendance at and non-completion of a phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme and analysis of contributing factors. Principal Supervisor: Prof Gabrielle McKee
  • Caroline Finn (MSc candidate), Predictors of Participation in Cardiac Rehabilitation in the 21st Century. Supervisor: Prof Gabrielle McKee (2016)
  • Frances O'Brien, The effectiveness of an individualised educational intervention on ACS patients' knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about heart disease and their responses to ACS symptoms. Supervisor(s): Prof Sharon O'Donnell (Principal), Prof Gabrielle McKee, Prof Debra Moser
  • Mary Mooney, A study to ascertain the effectiveness of a structured educational intervention on the length of pre-hospital delay in patients at risk of acute coronary syndrome: A randomised, controlled trial. Prof Gabrielle McKee (Principal), Dr Gerard Faely, Prof Debra Moser