Study visit Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Nursing


Dear All,


The 16-26 October 2017, I went on a study visit to Cyprus. The purpose of the study visit was to experience working with another research group and to look in the literature for activity monitors that are used in research in physical activity in patients with heart failure.

During my PhD, we had difficulties finding an appropriate measurement to measure objectively physical activity in this patient group. For this reason I was interested to look in the literature systematically for ways to measure physical activity in an objective way.

Before the visit, a PhD student Martha Kyriakou and I did a systematic literature search in the databases Pubmed, Scopus, CINAHL and Web of Science to search for studies, which objectively measured if their intervention influenced the physical activity in patients with Heart Failure. We worked together with Ekaterini Lambrinou and Nicos Middleton to look at the possibilities to conduct a meta-analysis and the possibilities to write an article together. We presented the 24th of October during a scientific methodology course for master and PhD students.

Furthermore I visit different parts of the University, met researchers with different research interests and made a visit to the American Medical Center in Limassol. For the last visit I would like to thank Vasillis I Barberis to show me around in this beautiful hospital.


I learned a lot working with another research group, got so much motivation, inspiration and the realization that I have a great job.

A big thanks you to Ekaterini Lambinou, for your expertise and hospitality and to Nicos Middleton for your enthusiasm and inspiration!

Leonie Klompstra

CESAR-group highlights at ESC in Barcelona

Here is some great news from CESARS attending the ESC!

Maria B poster

Maria Bäck presented a poster “Validity of accelerometer cut-points and level of free-living physical actvity in the oldest old patients with coronary artery disease”.


Jeroen and Ula

Jeroen Hendriks was awarded for Top downloaded article and best reviewer,   and did 2 presentations.

Ulla Walfridsson: awarded best reviewer.



Leonie Klompstra was awarded  for Top cited  paper.

Anna Strömberg chaired 2 sessions.

WiiTiny; Anna and Leonie: presented Wii study in a late breaking clinical trial session!

Read more about the first results of the HF-Wii study here!

To see the presentation and the slides of the presentation on the late breaking science in heart failure click here. (free inlog ESC is needed).



EuroHeartCare 2017. Report from the annual congress of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions: Team work for excellence in cardiovascular care

EuroHeartCare is the annual congress of the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions, (CCNAP) targeting audience from clinical practice and research settings across the whole spectrum of cardiovascular care, so for example, from prevention, acute cardiac care, heart failure both in children grown ups, families and communities.

Between 18-20 May, EuroHeartCare 2017 was held in Jönköping, Sweden in collaboration with the Swedish Association on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (VIC). The congress welcomed 338 delegates, with attendees from 38 countries  worldwide, representing a variety professions such as nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, lab technicians, behavioral scientists and cardiologists. 

The EuroHeartCare conference has grown to a 2.5 day event with preconference workshops on the first day followed by fourteen scientific sessions spread over a full two days. They were organized in two lecture rooms running in parallel, covering a wide range of topics.

EuroHeartCare_ Poster2Poster sessions were running during the breaks and at lunch time.

EuroHeartCare 2017 had a faculty full of leading experts in many fields. The conference was opened by two well known and highly respected professionals who have been (and still are) an inspiration to conduct high quality research to strengthen evidence based care. Both these two leaders in the field have been acknowledged national and international with life time achievement awards from professional organizations and played an important role for the development of nursing and nurses in ESC and AHA.

In the opening ceremony on the first day, Prof Kathy Dracup (UCSF) spoke about ‘Teamwork,EuroHeartCare17_profDracup2 knowledge integration and performance in cardiovascular care.’  Prof Bengt Fridlund was the other keynote lecturer who spoke about Cardiovascular Nursing the last decades, addressing major achievements nurses in major research collaborations, pivotal life saving intervention studies, development of guidelines and educational programs.

Fridlund, was specially honored by all Swedish and international participants for his contributions in the Swedish but also the international arena of cardiovascular caring research.

During the conference a lot of attendants were inspired by reports from presented cases EuroHeartCare_moderated Posterand the wide range of research  and spoke with people from other countries about building on successes, overcoming challenges and strengthening collaborative efforts for the future. This year 229 abstract were submitted and 193 were presented in 3 moderated poster sessions, 2 poster sessions, 2 oral abstract and one clinical case sessions.

The preconference workshops were organized to get more indepth knowelgde of a certain topic. This year we had a ECG Interpretation workshop in which participants were provided an opportunity to develop a systematic approach to the interpretation of the ECG, explored common but difficult challenges in ECG interpretation and learned to recognize important ECG warning signs.


The other preconference workshop was entitled ‘Publishing your articles with impact and influence’ In this very well attended workshop 3 editors, 3 authors and a publisher discussed the peer review process, impact, writing academically in English when it is not your native language and the use of social media to increase knowledge about impact and influence of scientific publication.

A new feature this year was the CPR Competition. This was a ‘drop-in’ workshop and competition on Friday and  Saturday. In this this competition /workshop attendees got the latest CPR information from the Swedish Resuscitation Council (SRC) and methodology from Ryhov Hospital in a self-practice area and then tested skills against other delegates! The competition consisted of performing single rescuer basic CPR (adult) for a 2-minute-period.

THE CCNAP is looking back on another successful conference for ESC’s cardiovascular nurses and allied professionals and looking forward to EuroHeartCare 2018 in Dublin from 7-9 June. It would be wonderful if we could double the number of participants there!

Read more about EuroHeartCare at the FB page!

Tiny Jaarsma


Kardiovaskulära vårmötet 2017

Sitter på tåget hem från 2017 års kardiovaskulära vårmöte i Malmö och försöker smälta alla intryck från 3 fantastiska dagar. Det har varit en lyckad konferens och trots att omkring 1400 personer rörde sig i lokalerna fungerade allt på snudden till perfekt.  Dessutom hade våren kommit lite längre än hemma i Norrköping och det var skönt att slippa snö och hagel för några dagar i slutet av april.

Tillbaka till konferensen och det stora utbudet av vetenskapligt innehåll där det liksom i en brigde-blandning fanns någonting för alla oavsett profession eller intresse. Där behandlades områden som personcentrerad vård, akut vård, sekundärprevention, patientutbildning, psykisk ohälsa, fysisk aktivitet, samt mat som medicin för hjärtat. Dessa toppades med Fridlundföreläsningen av Tiny Jaarsma och Schlyterföreläsningen av Lotta Altis. Många fantastiska presentationer lockade och det var svårt att prioritera vad man skulle lyssna på. Trots detta är det en särskild föreläsning som jag sent kommer att glömma, nämligen Werkö-föreläsningen med Joseph Kisslo som med stor humor höll sin föreläsning ”Never be the smartest person in the room”.  Mellan sessionerna fanns möjligheten att mingla och nätverka med människor från olika hjärtkliniker i vårt avlånga land. Det bjöds också på god dryck och förtäring för att hålla humöret på topp.

Konferensmiddagen hölls på Malmö FF:s hemmaarena GMoch där bjöds på fantastisk mat och underhållning. Grädden på moset blev prisutdelningen till 5 bästa fria föredrag, 6 bästa posters, samt bästa fallpresentation och där JAG blev utsedd till en av de 5 som höll det bästa fria föredraget, otroligt kul.

För mig innebar denna konferens tvärprofessionalitet, teamarbete, kompetensutveckling, kunskapsutbyte, samt glädje och fest. Jag hoppas att nästa vårmöte i Stockholm kan matcha denna upplevelse för jag ser redan fram emot nästa år.

Ghassan Mourad

Research visit to Hadera, Israel


The 21st – 24th of April Anna Strömberg and Maria Liljeroos from Sweden, Ina Marie Thon 18056811_1585208204852954_5743854772903788760_nAamodt and Irene Lie from Norway and Edita Lycholip and Jelena Čelutkienė from Lithuania visited Itamar Dach and Michael Kleiner Shocat at the hospital in Hadera.

The visit was part of the NordForsk project “Symptom monitoring after hospitalisation in patients with advanced heart failure – a Nordic-Baltic study”



The overall aim of this project is to develop a new approach to monitoring symptom and signs combining self-assessment tools and a non-invasive monitoring device (micro-Cor system) and to determine the effect of this approach in patients’ advanced HF. The primary outcome is cardiovascular readmission within 30-day readmission. Secondary outcomes include readmission and death for all-cause within 6 months, hospital days, emergency department (ED) visits, unplanned clinic visits, hospital cost, and self-care behavior.



This NordicBaltic – study including Norway, Sweden and Lithuania consists of an explorative, and experimental design employing validated questionnaires, microCor system, and interviews in order to provide a more complete understanding of HF patients self-care situation during 6 months after hospitalization.

MichaelDuring the visit, we learned from Dr Michael Kleiner Shocat how to use the microCor system on heart failure patients at Hadera hospital.






As we stayed in Tel Aviv we travelled one hour to the hospital, and during that time we saw a bit of the beautiful country of Israel and also found time to take a swim in the ocean.




Forskar Grand Prix


Last week a two-day seminar was held for all PhD-students working in Kalmar County Council and one part of this was an exercise of short presentations of your research for a public audience. This was held as a contest inspired by Forskar Grand Prix (, with engaging presentations of maximum 4 minutes. Two Cesar members are PhD students at Kalmar County Hospital and took part in the seminar and contest. Johan Israelsson presented his research of differences between two different automated external defibrillators with regard to sensitivity and specificity, and Malin Johansson Östbring talked about her search and trial of a method that can make coronary patients more adherent to their medicines so that they stay out of hospital. The competition was held in two groups of 10, with 15 voting PhD-students/researchers in each. The presenters in one group were so even that the final stood between three competitors. And after a thrilling final the two Cesar-members were chosen to take the crown! Luckily they had prepared two Grand Prix trophies.

Malin and Johan


Communication course on discussing the HF prognosis and end-of-life care

One of the research projects within the Cesar network is called TALK-HF (Developing and evaluating a Training program Aimed at reducing the Lack of Knowledge and communication concerning palliative care issues in Heart Failure patients.) This exciting project is led by professor Tiny Jaarsma. Other members in the project team is Anna Strömberg, Jan Mårtensson, Maria Friedrichsen, Anna Sandgren and Lisa Hjelmfors (PhD student).

The overall purpose of the study is to improve the quality of care for HF patients and their families, focusing on communication issues between them and health care professionals in order to improve their quality of life and also prevent unnecessary suffering and resource utilization. 

In order to try to improve communication a practical communication course was developed for health care professionals working in the area of cardiology. The course was partly web based, partly campus-based, with one practical communication skills training day. Other components of the course included lectures, individual tasks and group discussions. During the course the participants got knowledge about the importance of discussing the HF prognosis and end-of-life care with the patient and the family.  They got the chance to practice to discuss prognosis and end-of-life care with simulated patients and family members.

They also got a communication tool, a practical booklet (a Question Prompt List) that they could hand out to patients and families in their clinical practice. The QPL is a structured list of questions that serves as a prompt for patients to consider questions about prognosis and end-of-life care to ask the professional. By enabling patients and families to ask questions that concerns them about their future and living with a chronic illness such as HF, communication may be improved.

8 February 2017 was an interesting and exciting day in the course when it was time for the practical communication training day and 15 participants (3 physicians and 13 nurses) from different regions in Sweden met at Linkoping University. The morning started with group discussions were participants reflected and shared clinical experiences of discussing prognosis with patients and family. The researchers facilitated the discussions and posed critical questions to support the learning situation. After lunch it was time for simulation training were each participant got the chance to practice to have a conversation about prognosis and end-of-life care with a person who simulated to be a patient with HF. Simulation can be defined as a situation or an event which is made to resemble clinical practice to enhance student learning. In this simulated conversation, the patient posed questions from the QPL to the participants (who acted in their real professional roles as a nurse or a physician). The patient asked about how life could be living with HF, what would happen to the ICD in the end-of-life and what support there is for family members when the patient gets more ill etc. Those participants who wanted also got the chance to simulate being a family member to the patient and participate in the conversation. This gave an extra dimension to the training where they could get a better understanding of” the other side” of the conversation. The participants took turn and simulated or acted as observers during the training. During the simulation training, the researchers were present in the room, but did not participate in the conversations or interact with the participants. Directly after the simulation training, a post-simulation debriefing was held were the researchers guided the discussions and the participants were given the possibility to debrief and reflect on their own experiences of the simulation. All participants were engaged in the training and provided feed-back to each other on how the simulation went. The day ended with a joint group reflection of the training day. The participants were satisfied with the day and thought it was great to meet other colleagues to discuss and learn from each other as well as practicing to have conversations with simulated patients and family members. The research team is now evaluating the course and plan for a RCT study to test the effectiveness of the course to improve professional communication about prognosis and end-of-life care in cardiology.


The web-based course (in Swedish)


The front page of the QPL (in Swedish)


Examples of questions in the QPL (in Swedish)

/Lisa Hjelmfors