We just received great news!
The MDM team, led by Frances Mair just got awarded a grant from Chief Scientist Office of Scotland to conduct the project “Developing a conceptual model of the burden of treatment and the “work” involved in living with heart failure”. Other investigators mentioned in the award include Carl May and Victor Montori.
Here is the project summary:
This project grant is the first in a program of research developing the “Minimally Disruptive Medicine (MDM)” research agenda. Poor adherence to treatment regimens and lifestyle advice may lead to an additional burden of poor health for chronic heart failure (CHF) patients, their families and the health service. Non-adherence is often regarded as a problem of individual volition or about lack of patient understanding. However, CHF patients often have multiple co-morbidities – and generally face an increasing burden of work in managing their conditions. This work includes complex pharmaceutical regimes, frequent clinic attendances, lifestyle changes and self care responsibilities.
As this treatment burden grows, patients find it difficult to meet the demands placed on them. In this project we aim to identify, describe, and explain the work involved in living with CHF, through analysis of both archived and new CHF patient perception interviews. We aim to develop a robust conceptual model of CHF work in order to inform the development of new points (and forms) of clinical intervention.
Here we go!