Enhancing Nurses' Role in Opioid Stewardship - Implications for health policy, practice advocacy) and patient safety

Multiple national strategies have been developed address the opioid crisis, however, Canada still remains the second largest consumer of prescription opioids. These drugs can have negative effects on consumers because they have addictive properties so therefore consumers may become addicted to these drugs if there are not taken as prescribed. For other drug classes such as antimicrobials, there have been programs developed to improve prescribing and hence patient outcomes.

An Engaged Community for Shared Learning: Internships Contribute to Capacity Building in Northern Saskatchewan

The International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) was created to help focus attention on opportunities for building capacity in northern Saskatchewan. An overarching goal was to establish local to global relationships with the Circumpolar North in support of education, research and economic prosperity. The university, industry and northern communities work together to help students learn in an environment that is context based, relevant education and research in support of the north.

Development & Pilot Evaluation of an Online Peer Support Program for Family Caregivers of Ventilator-Assisted Individuals Living in the Community

Ventilator assisted individuals (VAIs) living at home are frail and generally cannot perform most daily activities. This is similarly the case for the palliative population of those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Although these individuals prefer to live and die at home, the family members who care for them often experience stress and poor health. Peer support can mitigate health declines by decreasing caregivers’ isolation/stress and increasing their sense of control. However, no peer support programs are designed to meet these caregivers’ complex and unique needs.

A Healthy Workplace for a Healthy Workforce: Identifying Predictors of Health Impacting Workplace Productivity in the Mining Industry of Saskatchewan

The mining sector plays a huge role in the Saskatchewan economy, in addition to being the largest private sector employer of Aboriginal peoples in the province. It is important economically and socially for the mining workforce to be healthy and productive. Yet we know little about the impacts of physical and mental health on productivity, absenteeism, presenteeism and disability within the industry.

Cannabis Access Regulations Study (CANARY)

The CANARY study is a patient-centered assessment of the impact of the regulatory changes regarding access to cannabis for medical purposes in Canada. The study is the first to offer patients’ perspectives regarding their experience of access to medical cannabis after the implementation of the new federal regulations that have created a decentralized competitive national market for medical cannabis through the licensing of commercial producers.

Understanding collaborative community-based mental health services for adults 50 and over in the South Okanagan through an environmental scan and social network analysis

Mental health is an important health issue. Adults 50 and over with a mental health concern, particularly in rural communities have unique challenges. In the South Okanagan, research found there was a lack of community services/supports available and organizations offering these services and supports did not work well together. The aim of this study is to identify current services/supports for adults 50 and over with a mental health concern in the South Okanagan and to understand how organizations offering these services/supports work together.

Children’s Participation in Health-Related Decisions in a Pediatric Oncology Setting in New Delhi, India

The aim of this project is to better understand children’s actual and desired participation in discussions, decisions, and actions that affect them in a pediatric oncology setting in New Delhi, India. This study is within the emerging field of childhood ethics and will be guided by a moral experience framework, which means it aims to encompass the child’s sense that values he or she believes to be important are being realized in their every day life.

Development of a smartphone-based sensor system to assess everyday movement, speech, and sleep for stroke recovery Year One

Following a stroke, the rehabilitation gains achieved in intensive therapy are often lost without sustained follow-up. The long-term objective of the project is to extend the reach of the health team (physicians, therapi sts, caregivers) following hospital discharge to continue therapy using mobile devices. As a first step, the objectives of the planned project are to:

1) develop clinically meaningful metrics related to the quantity and quality of everyday movement, speech, and sleep from body-worn sensor data,

2) to design and fabricate system prototypes for testing, and

Capturing the Everyday Experience of Living with Alzheimer’s Disease: Ambulatory Assessment of Movement, Speech, and Sleep

While Alzheimer's disease (AD) is irreversible, strategies to slow functional decline associated with the disease have demonstrated effectiveness. A critical aspect of the recommended model of care is accurate and regular assessment of patient behaviour in everyday life, such as physical function and sleep quality. However, current clinical assessments rely heavily on patient or caregier observations to recall everyday behaviour, which may be unreliable and subject to bias.

By the North with the North: Community Building in Northern Saskatchewan

This research project will be conducted through internship research by students in the Master in Northern Governance and Development (MNGD). The MNGD is a project-based, interdisciplinary program meant to build capacity among northerners in northern Saskatchewan through a blended delivery model including face-to-face, videoconferencing, online and international field school instruction.