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IDWGS 2022 Patricia Hall

"If you want to make a difference to people’s lives, a career in science is one of the best ways to do this"

Hi, my name is Patricia Hall. My background is cardiovascular nursing and throughout my professional practice I worked in acute and chronic patient care areas and gained experience in a wide variety of secondary prevention measures including patient/family support and education to prevent disease progression, cardiovascular health promotion, and generally raising awareness of cardiovascular disease in both the public and private sectors.

I hold a UCD Post Graduate Diploma in Cardiovascular Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Primary Health Care from RCSI. My primary research interests are in stroke and heart disease secondary prevention, having worked on a number of clinical trials and published in both of these areas. 

I am furthering these clinical interests through my PhD research which is focused on how we can best support individuals after stroke to reduce their risk for further cardiovascular events. This is part of the wider iPASTAR (improving pathways for acute stroke and rehabilitation) HRB Collaborative Doctoral Award which aims to improve the delivery of stroke care (ipastar.eu).  This initiative is a collaboration between RCSI and UCD and I am very fortunate to have Dr Olive Lennon as my supervisor and a core mentoring team on my research studies panel here in UCD.

My research will establish the characteristics of effective secondary prevention interventions previously employed in clinical trials, gather the experiences of stroke survivors relating to healthy lifestyle adoption, codesign an evidence-based intervention that supports healthy lifestyle participation across stroke pathways and test the intervention in a community-based pilot study.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to engage in this PhD research project and am also greatly enhancing/developing my research knowledge and skills which is enabling me to fulfil my potential both personally and professionally. My advanced knowledge of health promotion in cardiovascular disease management and my experience working with patients adopting healthy behaviours is a significant strength. I am also really excited to contribute to the generation of evidence and the development of new ideas about how to improve patient care and outcomes for people after stroke.

My advice to other women/girls considering a career in science is that it is creative, exciting and extremely satisfying and never too late to take on new challenges. If you want to make a difference to people’s lives, a career in science is one of the best ways to do this!

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