Cancer Care Coordination: A Pilot Project

Emerging my previous research with BC Cancer Agency is the notion of care coordination, a fundamental component of supportive care. Care coordination is an approach to care that attends to the unique needs of patients from the time of diagnosis through treatment and beyond across the following domains: practical, family (relationships), emotional, spiritual, physical, social, informational, and psychological.

Issues in Northern governance and development

The research plan has been jointly proposed by the academics of the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development and Cameco Corporation to meet the needs of industry, federal/provincial/local governments, and Northern Saskatchewan residents by researching key issues related to northern development and governance strategies.

Engendering Dialogue and Meaningful Participation Among Constituencies Working Toward Ending Homelessness in Victoria, BC., Phase II

This work will build on the findings of the literature review conducted in Phase I. Phase II will focus on engaging people with experience of homelessness in vetting and refining inclusionary principles identified in Phase I and developing a draft inclusionary policy for the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness.The work is also highly relevant to Vancity. The Statement of Values and Commitments, developed in 2000, acts as a compass to guide Vancity’s business decisions and strategies to stay on course. One of the issues most important is addressing homelessness.

Using Electronic Health Records to Predict Key Patient Health and Organizational Outcomes

One of the proposed benefits of adopting electronic health records is the development of a comprehensive database which can be used for epidemiological, clinical, and health services research. The main purpose of this project is to develop strategies and provide case examples of how data from these extensive electronic databases can be used to improve healthcare services outcomes. TELUS Health Solutions’ Oacis (i.e., Open Architecture Clinical Information System) has been in use in a large health care organization for approximately 15 years.

Knowledge Translation: Nursing Uptake and Patient Outcomes Examined

Best practice guidelines are vital resources in the provision of consistent and equitable cancer care by Registered Nurses. However, best practice guidelines are not readily used in cancer care and when they are available, this use is inconsistent. Previous research about the use and impact of practice guidelines has focused on the problems of professionals (mostly nurses and physicians) or the workplace itself. The purpose of this project is to use the expertise and knowledge of Registered Nurses while studying the interactions of the many different people involved in patient care (e.g.

Application of a "Knowledge to Action" Approach with Two BC Health Authorities in a Study to Design Psychometric Instrument of Collaborative Team Culture

This internship augments a post-doctoral study to design psychometric instrumentation for measurement and evaluation of collaborative team culture. The study builds upon a dissertation inquiry carried out by the applicant, in which a collaborative health care culture framework was developed. There are insufficient evaluation tools to measure collaborative team culture and this study addresses this deficit.

Patient-reported outcomes of individuals living with an implanted cardioverter defibrillator

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), life‐saving devices that may prevent sudden cardiac death from cardiac arrhythmias, are implanted in people who have had cardiac arrests and increasingly in people with severe heart failure who are at risk for a primary ventricular arrhythmia. The clinical benefits of ICD implantation contrasts with evidence suggesting ICDs may also have untoward effects on recipients’ quality of life and psycho‐emotional status. Yet, the research on ICDs and patient‐reported outcomes is very limited and has produced inconclusive findings.

Examining the Relationship between Work Environments, Burnout and Nurse

The purpose of this internship is to identify the relationship between work environments and satisfaction in nurses at York Central Hospital (YCH) in the Emergency Department and Medical/Surgical unit. The intention of this study is to identify the variables proposed in current research, equate to healthy work environments at YCH and to examine other contributing factors such as population acuity, in relation to quality work environments. The intern will provide interventions and study the effect of these on nurse satisfaction.

An exploration of nurses’ perceptions of individual accountability in clinical practice

Patients and their families place their lives and their trust in health care providers, and in the health care system every moment. Accountability is a legal, ethical and moral obligation to patients, families and health care agencies to meet a standard of care. The code of ethics for nurses and the nursing literature stresses the importance of nurses being accountable for their actions. This work fails to answer how nurses learn to be accountable, how nurses define accountability, and how they practice accountably.

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