Pregnancy & Cardiovascular Health Research

I’ve spoken before about the importance of Patient and Public Engagement in research and policy decision making. So I’m excited to let you know there’s another project on the horizon that needs your input! This one is Pregnancy and Cardiovascular Health research, and run by Imperial College, London.

This year I refused to publicise a study seeking participants where I felt the materials were patronising and judgemental. Sadly, that researcher expressed no interest in finding out how their flier offended me, which just about says it all!

In contrast, it’s really lovely that we’re regularly getting requests from researchers at the planning stage asking for our views. Read on if you’d like to be involved.

Hands making a heart symbol on a pregnant tummy

What is the Pregnancy and Cardiovascular Health Research?

People with a higher BMI and/or high blood pressure can be at slightly increased risk of complications such as pre-eclampsia during their pregnancy. This study will look at pre-pregnancy cardiovascular health with the aim of testing interventions to lower blood pressure and hopefully improve heart health prior to pregnancy. 

Researchers need to put together an online focus group to look at the general research topic, the proposed research questions, and research design.

Who are they looking for?

They want to involve up to 12 people who are:

  • considering becoming pregnant / planning a pregnancy
  • are pregnant
  • have been pregnant

and have/had the following risk factors:

  • high BMI and/or
  • high blood pressure

What would I need to do?

The meeting will be an online discussion group which will take place either on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. It should last between 1 and 2 hours and take place before Christmas. It will be a one-off, however there may be opportunities later in the project for further involvement.

Interested? If so, click the button below to go to their webpage and click on the “I would like to take part” button to input your details.

Will I get anything for taking part?

The project will reimburse you for your contribution on an hourly basis inc Wi-Fi costs as per NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination’s Reimbursement Policy.

Anything else I should know?

Researchers will review all the applications. However, if the number of applications exceed the quota it may not be possible to involve everyone who applies. The priority will be to establish a diverse group of people who bring a wide range of experience and perspectives.

Those who meet the involvement criteria and represent a diversity of perspectives will be contacted inviting them to the online discussion group.

Registration will close on Monday 7th December 2020.

Leave a reply here to get involved!