Research Studies

There are a number of research studies currently being conducted by our mental health care professionals.

For Inpatients

A study of a nursing education intervention to reduce seclusion room use on one mental health unit.

PI: Alice Chan
Co-Investigators: Julie Campbell, Kelly Kompelien
Purpose: To determine whether education delivered within a participatory action approach will make a difference in practice
Timeframe: December 2012 – December 2013
Status: Recruitment closed

Family support group: Evaluating outcomes of a family systems intervention

PHC Practice-based Research Challenge
Research Mentor: Peggy Simpson
Co-Investigators: Meika Nagai, Alison Barrett, Jacqueline Clark
Purpose: The purpose of the study is to determine the effect of family systems interventions in a group setting on perceived cognitive and emotional support of families of individuals with mental illness.
Status: Project in initial stage

Partnering to advance the practice of family nursing in health care services: An international research collaboration (CIHR planning project)

Canadian Research Group
Co-Investigators: Janice Bell, Fabie Duhamel, France Dubois, Carole Robinson, Peggy Simpson, Karen LeGrow  
Status: Study in planning stage with systematic literature review in progress

Provincial Adult Tertiary Eating Disorders:
Understanding social support in the eating disorders:  Client, friend and family factors that contribute to social support satisfaction

Principal Investigator: Josie Geller
Co-Investigators: Suja Srikameswaran, Erin Dunn
Purpose: Investigating determinants of social support satisfaction in individuals with eating disorders
Status: Data collection ongoing
Contact: For information please contact Joanna Zelichowska, 604-682-2344, Extension 68702

Readiness and motivation for change in overweight youth and their families

Principal Investigator: Josie Geller
Co-investigators: Suja Srikameswaran
Purpose: Developing a measure of readiness for overweight youth and their families
Status: Data collection ongoing.
Contact: For information please contact Megumi Iyar, 604-682-2344, Extension 62418

Self compassion and its relation to women, their bodies, and health behaviours

Principal Investigator: Josie Geller
Co-Investigator: Suja Srikwameswaran
Purpose: Self compassion and women’s relationships with their bodies and sexual behavior
Status: Data collection complete and recruitment closed. Analysis underway.

The development and validation of a questionnaire measure of readiness in the eating disorders

Principal Investigator: Josie Geller
Co-investigators: Suja Srikameswaran, Erin Dunn, Krista Brown, William Piper
Purpose: Development of a questionnaire measure of readiness
Status: Data collection and analyses completed. Paper submitted and accepted for publication.

Complex Pain

A prospective follow-up study of the efficacy of the spinal cord stimulator for treatment of chronic pain

Principal Investigator: Ingrid Federoff
Co-Investigators: Louise Malysh, William N. McDonald
Purpose: Evaluation of pain severity, depression, and function following spinal cord stimulation
Status: Preliminary data analyses. Draft manuscript written. Ongoing data collection.

Spinal cord stimulation for refractory Angina Pectoris

Principal Investigator: Ingrid Federoff
Co-Investigators: Louise Malysh, William N. McDonald
Purpose: To determine the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation for this type of pain
Status: Draft manuscript written for submission

The effectiveness of a multidisciplinary pain self-management program

Principal Investigator: Ingrid Federoff
Purpose: Collection of psychological, pain, and function outcome data
Status: Data presented at the 2012 Canadian Pain Society meeting. Manuscript accepted for publication.

Development of a Decision Support Tool for People with Refractory Angina

Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael McGillion
PHC Co-Investigators: Louise Malysh, Dr. William N. McDonald
Purpose: To assess a decision aid for use in selecting appropriate Angina patients for spinal cord stimulator placement to treat their Angina.
Status: Data collection in progress
Contact: For more information please contact Louise Malysh 604-806-9088

Can a nurse initiated pain protocol improve pain management in the emergency department?

Principal Investigator: Janice Muir
Co-Investigators: Pat Munro, Anne Dewar, Lisa Orlandi, Linsey Woo, Angus Kinkade, Julian Marsden, Beena Parappilly, Eric Graftstein
Purpose: Implementation and assessment of a nursing initiated protocol
Timeframe: July 2012 – July 2013
Status: Recruitment closed.

The Defeat-HF study: Determining the feasibility of spinal cord neuromodulation for the treatment of chronic heart failure.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Anson Cheung
Co-Investigators: Dr. Andrew Ignaszewski, Dr. William McDonald, Dr. Jian Ye, Dr. Jamil Bashir, Dr. Stanley Tung, Dr. Sean Virani, Dr. Randell Moore
Purpose: A multinational study to determine the feasibility of spinal cord neuromodulation for treatment of chronic heart failure.
Status: Enrolling

Consultation Liaison:

Delirium: A descriptive study

Principal Investigator: Peggy Simpson
Co- Investigators: Carole Richford, Stephen Fitzpatrick, Maria Corral, Julia Raudzus, Grant Millar
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine the current practice in predicting, identifying and managing surgical patients referred to Psychiatric Consultation Liaison (PCL) for delirium.
Status: Data collection completed

Delirium: A cross sectional study examining prediction, identification and management of symptom severity in surgical patients 

Principal Investigator: Peggy Simpson
Co-Investigators: Carole Richford, Stephen Fitzpatrick, Maria Corral, Julia Raudzus, Grant Millar
Purpose: The purpose of this observation study is to examine current Providence Health Care practices related to the prediction, identification, and management of delirium in surgical patients (cardiac, bowel resection, vascular, and people with fractured hips).
Status: Data collection in progress
Contact: For information please contact Peggy Simpson, 604-806-8143

Pharmacological management of post-operative delirium: A systematic review and meta analysis

Principal Investigator: Mohit Singh , Peggy Simpson, Carole Richford
Status: In progress.

Prevention, identification and nursing management of delirium: A knowledge translation project

Principal Investigator: Peggy Simpson
Co-Investigators: Carole Richford, Stephen Parker
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to use a participatory action research design to monitor the uptake of knowledge by how surgical nurses identify, prevent and manage delirium in surgical patients, to determine the impact on the surgical patient population and to identify successful sustainment strategies in the use of knowledge related to delirium.
Status: Data analysis in progress

Delirium in psychiatry: A quality assurance project

Principal Investigator: Peggy Simpson
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to determine the incidence and prevalence of delirium in an inpatient psychiatric population at St. Paul’s Hospital. In addition to data on risk factors, screening using the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) and associated non-pharmacological interventions will be collected.
Status: Data collection in progress
Contact: For more information please contact Peggy Simpson, 604-806-8143

Factors that influence acute care nurses’ delirium management of older adults: An exploratory study

VCH Practice Based Research Challenge
Research Mentor: Peggy Simpson
Principal Investigator: Cheryl Chan
Co-Investigators: Silvia Nobrega, Anna Stauffer, Karima Kurji, Norm Greenway
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to identify barriers and factors that prevent nurses from managing delirium in older adults at Richmond Hospital.

Geriatrics

Anxiety in the elderly: A treatable condition that is being missed?

Principal Investigator: Karin Christensen
Co-Investigators: Aiko Yamamoto, Karen Pott, Sherri Hayden
Purpose: To estimate how prevalent clinically-significant anxiety is in the population of non-demented elders living in residential care at Providence Health Care.
Timeframe: February 2013 – August 2013
Status: Data collection in progress; open to individuals living in residential care.
Contact: For more information please contact Karin Christensen, 604-806-9504 or Aiko Yamamoto, 604-806-8160