CARESSf – Call for research participants

For the thousands of people in the UK who survive a sudden cardiac arrest each year, the journey ahead can be incredibly challenging. The physical, emotional, and cognitive impacts are widespread, affecting nearly every aspect of daily life for survivors and their loved ones.

If you or someone close to you has experienced this harrowing ordeal, you know first-hand just how difficult picking up the pieces can be. But there is hope on the horizon in the form of a pioneering new program being developed to support cardiac arrest survivors and their caregivers.

Researchers at the University of Warwick are working to create the Cardiac Arrest Recovery Enablement and Self-management Support (CARESS) program. This comprehensive rehabilitation initiative aims to provide tailored one-on-one education, exercise guidance, and emotional care to survivors and their key supporters in the crucial weeks following a cardiac arrest and hospital discharge.

Right now, the CARESS team is seeking cardiac arrest survivors and their family members or friends to participate in shaping this innovative program. You’ll play an invaluable role in developing a program poised to transform the aftercare experience for countless future survivors and their key supporters across the UK.

By taking part, you’ll have the opportunity to share your personal experiences through interviews and feedback sessions, ensuring the program meets the real-world needs of those recovering from a cardiac arrest.

CARESSf – The Feasibility Study

Who can join the study?

  • Cardiac arrest survivors
  • Family members, friends or significant others of survivors
  • You are aged 18 years or older
  • You can attend in an in-person group meeting

What will it involve?

  • Taking part in two in-person meetings
  • Your travel costs will be reimbursed


Two sessions will be held, one in June and one in July:

  • Group meeting 1 (workshop) – June 21st, 2024
  • Group meeting 2 (consensus) – July 17th, 2024
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm


University of Warwick, CV4 7SH

For more Information

If you are interested in becoming a participant in this important research, then please contact Kirstie Haywood and Nathan Pearson at the CARESSf team by emailing [email protected]

BSREC ID: 71/22-23

Study sponsor: University of Warwick

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