About Us

OUR TEAM

Barbara Riegel, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA
Primary Investigator

Joyce Wald, D.O.
Co-Investigator
Cardiologist

Gladys Thomas
Project Manager

Deb Gordan, MSS LCSW
Clinical Support Specialist

Miatta Goba
Research Coordinator

Jenna Garo, BSN RN
Research Assistant

Austin Matus, BSN RN
PhD Student @ Penn
Research Assistant

• Feeling Stressed or Having Difficulty Coping?

• Caregiving for loved ones with Heart Failure is demanding and stressful!

• Our project is designed to encourage caregivers to improve their self-care and decrease their stress.

• Learn more about participating in a virtual health coaching intervention and support that provides access to health information resources.

• We are enrolling 250 informal caregivers of patients with heart failure within the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

• These caregivers include friends, spouses, children, etc. Patients are also eligible to join along with their caregiver.

• Completion of screening and enrollment process done virtually, over the phone

• Random Assignment to intervention group:
(Health Information) or (Health Information + Health Coaching)

• 10 virtual health coach sessions (Health Coaching group.)

• Brief follow-up surveys at 3,6,9,12 months

• Caregivers will receive a total of $200 on a ClinCard;

• $25 at completion of enrollment,

• $25 for completion of each follow-up (3,6, and 9 months)

• $100 for completion of 12-month follow-up