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Dr Julie MacInnes shortlisted for prestigious Royal College of Nursing research award

20 December 2012

Dr Julie MacInnes, Senior Lecturer in Cardiac Care for the Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, has been nominated for the prestigious Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Research Society Akinsanya Award.

Only four academics have been shortlisted for the annual prize, awarded for ‘Innovation in Doctoral Studies in Nursing’. Dr MacInnes received her nomination for her thesis work ‘Illness representations, treatment beliefs and the relationship to self-care in heart failure’.

The study explores the beliefs people with heart failure hold about their illness and its treatment, and determines the relationships between these beliefs and self-care behaviour including adherence to medication and recommended lifestyle behaviours.

The research recommends that practitioners explore these beliefs with heart failure patients to enable a more holistic understanding of the illness experience. It recognises that specific beliefs are significant factors in determining self-care, and suggests that interventions designed to maximise these beliefs and correct any misconceptions may improve the clinical outcomes of the population.

Carrie Jackson, Head of Department for Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, said: “I am delighted that Julie’s work has been recognised at this level as heart disease is a national health priority. Universities have a responsibility to undertake research that will find new solutions for the future health of our communities”. 

The winner will be announced in February 2013.

Notes to Editor

  • Dr MacInnes is also a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Cardiac Nursing.
  • The Akinsanya Award for Innovation in Doctoral Studies in Nursing is in its seventh year and will be granted to the most innovative doctoral thesis in the nursing disciplines, submitted to the Award Committee. Excellence in scholarship, innovation and the potential to influence health care policy or practice will be the main criteria for deciding the Award.

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