The Eastern Corridor Medical Engineering Centre (ECME) is a collaborative research project focusing on improving cardiovascular health. It is a partnership between 5 leading academic research centres and Southern Health & Social Care Trust. Within ECME we are working on the design of technologies to support cardiovascular rehabilitation programmes following acute cardiac incidents.


Tadas S, Pretorius C, Foster EJ, Gorely T, Leslie SJ, Coyle D (2021) Transitions in Technology Mediated Cardiac Rehabilitation and Self-management: A Qualitative Study using the Theoretical Domains Framework. JMIR Cardio. 30/07/2021:30428 (forthcoming/in press) DOI:

Tadas S, Coyle D (2020) Barriers and Facilitators of Technology in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Self-Management: Systematic Qualitative Grounded Theory Review. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2020;22(11):e18025. DOI: 10.2196/18025  PMID


An acute cardiac incident is a life changing event, often necessitating surgery. While surgery has high success rates, rehabilitation, behaviour change, and self-care are critical to long-term health. To improve future systems this project is exploring the experiences of cardiac patients during key phases post-hospitalisation: recuperation, initial rehabilitation and long term self-management. The key objective is to provide a holistic understanding of behavioural factors that impact people across these phases, understand how experiences evolve over time, and provide user-centred recommendations to improve the design of cardiac rehabilitation and self-management technologies.

The papers above provide empirically grounded recommendations for the design of technology-mediated cardiac rehabilitation and self-management systems. Key recommendations include the use of technology to support a normal life; leveraging social influences to extend participants’ sense of normality; the use of technology to provide a safe zone; the need to support both emotional and physical wellbeing; and a focus on recognizing capability and providing recommendations that are positive and reinforce this capability.

Key Collaborators:

Shreya Tadas