Research at the ICA
At the Integrated Care Academy our research aims to optimise the health and wellbeing of people and communities while improving the overall effectiveness and sustainability of our integrated care systems. As we recover from a global pandemic that exposed stark inequalities, being responsive to the needs of our local communities is critical, which is why co-production is at the core of our research. In collaboration with Healthwatch Suffolk, we have developed an ‘ICA Co-production Hub’ that acts as an enabler for targeting populations in greatest need and maximising the impacts of our research.
Integrated care is rapidly developing into the preferred model of health and social care nationally and internationally. The ICA is working with world renowned researchers across the globe to offer new smarter ways of achieving seamless co-ordinated models of person-centred integrated care.
Through embracing digital technologies, i.e. partnering with the University of Suffolk’s DigiTech Centre, the ICA is delivering cutting-edge solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems – as demonstrated in many of our current projects and publications listed below.
World Health Organisation Integrated Care for Older People (WHO ICOPE) (Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG £150K). The ICA has joined the WHO ICOPE network to lead the first, WHO ICOPE, UK pilot site that will contribute to the global understanding about how to promote person-centred integrated care for older people. Equity in access to care for all older persons will be achieved through:
- Comprehensive assessment of individual needs, preferences and goals
- Development of a personalized care plan
- Co-ordinated services, driven towards the single goal of maintaining intrinsic capacity and functional ability and delivered primarily through primary and community-based care.
PAtient Self-care uSIng eHealth In chrONic Heart Failure (PASSION-HF) (Interreg Europe, Captialisation €3,944,369). The ICA in collaboration with 5 countries (Switzerland; Ireland; Belgium; Germany, The Netherlands) is developing an Avatar, DoctorMe, to reduce social and digital isolation by supporting community-based older heart failure patients residing in rural areas of Suffolk. Based on clinical guidelines and through AI, DoctorMe will dramatically shift provision of care from professionals to patients and empower patients to become optimal heart failure self-managers through education, monitoring and therapy and medication guidance. Find out more about the app via the ICA YouTube channel and patient leaflet.
Long COVID-Optimal Health Programme (long COVID-OHP) (Suffolk and North East Essex Mental Health Board £89,000). This project aims to improve the wellbeing of those affected by long COVID. The Optimal Health Programme (OHP) is a holistic self-management programme designed to support the mental health and increase self-efficacy in disease management of patients with long COVID. In collaboration with ESNEFT long COVID-OHP will be evaluated via a feasibility randomised controlled trial (RCT). Click here for introductory videos on this project.
An integrated care approach to specialist mental health provision in primary care (Suffolk and North East Essex Mental Health Board £72,000, PhD scholarship). It is estimated 90% of people with mental health problems are cared for within primary care. An integrated care approach to specialist mental health provision across neighbourhood teams, community and primary services is a vehicle to prevent service users from falling through the gaps and deteriorating. Through co-production and assimilation of the evidence to date, this research will establish a solid evidence-base of system and practice changes required to deliver an integrated model of community mental health provision.
Cardiac Rehabilitation in the South Asian Community. Risk profiles of South Asians for diabetes are up to 4 times higher than white Europeans (WE). Death and cardiovascular events are almost 50% higher in South Asians than in WE. The ICA is partnering with Liverpool John Moore University, and others, to co-produce a culturally sensitive eHealth solution to reduce risk in this minority population.
Emotional distress after a cardiac event. The ICA is partnering with the Australian Centre for Heart Health, Australia's leading centre for researching and treating the psychological aspects of heart disease, to develop and psychometrically evaluate a Cardiac Distress Inventory. Although many people make a good physical recovery from heart surgery or a heart attack, many experience changes in their mood and difficulty in resuming usual activities. Accurate assessment is the first step toward providing best post-cardiac event psychological support.
- Zippel-Schultz B, Palant A, Eurlings C, Ski CF, Hill L, Thompson DR, Dixon L, Fitzsimons D, Brandts J, Schütt K, de Maesschalck L, Barrett M, Furtado da Luz E, Helms TM, Brunner-La Rocca H-P on behalf of the PASSION-HF consortium. Determinants of acceptance of patients with heart failure and their informal caregivers regarding an interactive decision-making system: a qualitative study. BMJ Open 2021 11:e046160 doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046160
- Ferrier L, Ski CF, O’Brien C, Jenkins Z, Thompson DR, Moore G, Ward G, Castle DJ. Bridging the gap between diabetes care and mental health: perspectives of the Mental health IN DiabeteS Optimal Health Program (MINDS OHP). BMC Endocr Disord 2021;21:96 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12902-021-00760-3
- McGuigan K, Hill K, Coates V, O’Kane M, Thompson DR, Ski CF, McCay D. Moderating the relationship between diabetes distress and mastery: the role of depression and empowerment. Psychol Health Med 2021 doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2021.1894343
- Jenkins ZM, Tan EJ, O'Flaherty E, Knowles S, Thompson DR, Ski CF, Rossell SL, CoCo C, Ierino FL, Gock H, Castle, DJ. A psychosocial intervention for individuals with advanced chronic kidney disease: A feasibility randomized controlled trial. Nephrology 2021;26:442–453 doi.org/10. 1111/nep.13850
- Kemp BJ; Thompson DR; Watson CJ; McGuigan K; Woodside J Ski CF. Effectiveness of family-based eHealth interventions in cardiovascular disease risk reduction: a systematic review. Prev Med accepted 10.5.21 doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106608
- Allana S, Ski CF, Thompson DR, Clark AM. Intersectionality and heart failure: what clinicians and researchers should know and do. Support Pal Care 2021;15(2):141-146 DOI: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000547
- McMahon J, Thompson DR, Pascoe MP, Brazil K, Ski CF. eHealth interventions for reducing cardiovascular risk in men: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Prev Med 2021;145:106-402 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106402
- Ski CF, Zippel-Schultz B, De Maesschalck L, Hoedemakers T, Schütt K, Thompson DR, Brunner La-Rocca H-P. 2021 COVID-19 shapes the future for management of patients with chronic cardiac conditions. Digital Health 2021;7:1-3 doi.org/10.1177/2055207621991711
- Deal M, Thompson DR, Ski CF. Harnessing technology in heart failure care. Brit Jour Cardiac Nurs 2021. Epub (15.7.21) ahead of print doi.org/10.12968/bjca.2021.0059
- Thompson DR, Ski CF. Cardiovascular and mental health in men: overlap with mental health. In: Comprehensive Men’s Mental Health (Eds Castle DJ; Coghill D). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021 ISBN 9781108740425
- Corones-Watkins K, Cooke M, Theobald K, White K, Thompson DR, Ski CF, King-Shier K, Conway A, Ramis M-A. Effectiveness of nurse-led clinics in the early discharge period after percutaneous coronary intervention: a systematic review. Aust Crit Care 2020 Nov 30;S1036-7314(20)30337-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.aucc.2020.10.012
- Habota T, Cameron J, Thompson DR, Ski CF. Prospective memory impairment in chronic heart failure: a replication study. Psychol Health Med 2020 DOI: 10.1080/13548506.2020.1867317
- Rashidi A, Whitehead L, Newson L, Astin F, Gill P, Lane D, Lip GYH, Neubeck L, Ski CF, Thompson DR, Walthall H, Jones ID. The role of acceptance and commitment therapy in cardiovascular and diabetes healthcare: a scoping review. Int J Environ Res Public Health accepted 2021;18:8126 https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18158126
- Srisuk N, Wichit N, Thompson DR, Ski CF. A psychometric evaluation of the Caregiver Contribution to Self-Care of Heart Failure Index in a Thai population. BMC Health Qual Life Outcomes 2021;19:177 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12955-021-01814-9
- Al-Jabr H, Katangwe-Chigamba T, Green J, Desborough JA. Exploring the views of community pharmacists on patient feedback on their consultations. Int J Pharm Pract 2021; riab060, https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpp/riab060
- Allana S, Ski CF, Thompson DR, Clark AM. Bringing Intersectionality to Cardiovascular Health Research in Canada, CJC Open (2021) doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cjco.2021.08.016
The Integrated Care Academy at the University of Suffolk invite you to be involved in an exciting research study
The Integrated Care Academy is working with colleagues from the Australian Centre for Heart Health and Stanford Medicine in the USA, to deliver a study that will help health professionals to learn more about the emotional needs of those individuals that have experienced a heart attack, heart surgery or unstable angina.
Although many people make a really good recovery from heart surgery or a heart attack, some experience changes in their mood and difficulty in resuming normal activities. We want to learn about the emotional distress people may face when recovering from a heart event so that we and our research partners can provide them with the best post-event support.
So that we can understand what people feel following a heart event, we are inviting you to complete an online survey to tell us about your experience. Taking part is completely voluntary, will take around 25 minutes and, all your responses will be anonymous and confidential. You will be able to contribute to this study if you are over 18 and have had a heart event, including a heart attack, heart surgery, unstable angina or a pacemaker, between two and six months ago.
The link to the survey can be found below. All you need to do is click on this to be taken to the website where you will be able to find further information and complete the survey.
Your views are really important to allow us to understand people’s emotional experiences following a heart event. Collecting such responses will support us and our colleagues to develop a tool that can measure emotional distress following a heart event, the Cardiac Distress Inventory. This tool will then be used by health professionals throughout the world to identify if cardiac patients may be living with emotional distress following their heart event and, ensure appropriate help and support can be delivered. Such personalised help will improve patient outcomes and quality of life.
If you would like to know more about this study and/or talk to a researcher before completing the survey, please do email us at the Integrated Care Academy Programme Office at email@example.com.
Long COVID-Optimal Health Programme (long COVID-OHP) (Suffolk and North East Essex Mental Health Board £89,000)
This project aims to improve the wellbeing of those affected by long COVID. The Optimal Health Programme (OHP) is a holistic self-management programme designed to support the mental health and increase self-efficacy in disease management of patients with long COVID. In collaboration with ESNEFT long COVID-OHP will be evaluated via a feasibility randomised controlled trial (RCT). Click here for introductory videos on this project.
Can you help? If you've been living with this condition, consider joining our Steering Group. If you would like to know more about this study and/or talk to a researcher, please do email us at the ICA Programme Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.