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Elderly couple holding Hands imageWe are interested in finding out how to better support caregivers of people who have had heart surgery, particularly in their role of providing assistance and support for physical activity. We are undertaking a research project exploring people's experiences of supporting their spouse/whānau/ family member to engage in daily activities and exercise during the first few months following cardiac surgery.

You are eligible to participate in this study if you were the main caregiver or support person for someone who has had cardiac surgery (coronary artery bypass graft and/or heart valve replacement surgery) in the past two years.

Participants will be required to take part in a 40-minute interview either in person, or via phone or Zoom. During this interview you will be asked about:

  • the kind of support or assistance for physical activity that you provided to your spouse/whānau/family member
  • any challenges that you experienced when providing this support
  • what information and support you think should be provided to caregivers of people following cardiac surgery

For further information, read our dedicated participant information sheet.

Participant information sheet (PDF)


For further information, please contact:

Dr Emily Gray
School of Physiotherapy
Tel 0800 687 489

This project has been approved by the University of Otago Health Ethics Committee (H22/022)

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