SCPOR (Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Orientated Research)
SCPOR is excited to announce a new project opportunity! SCPOR will support two Patient-Oriented Research Learning Health System Projects within the focus area of Mental Health & Addictions in 2022. At least one of the selected projects will address First Nations and Métis health gaps, including culturally safe and culturally responsive care.
We invite patients, clinicians, researchers and decision makers to share their ideas within the area of mental health and addictions about how care is provided, how disease is prevented or how the people of Saskatchewan can live healthier lives. SCPOR will assist those interested throughout the process, from application to implementation.
The two Patient-Oriented Research Learning Health System projects selected to receive support will be provided with the equivalent of up to four full-time SCPOR staff members to work on their project, along with other supports. Supports are valued at up to $900,000 of in-kind supports, $60,000 of trainee support and $10,000 in monetary funding over a two-year period.
To learn more about SCPOR's Patient-Oriented Research Learning Health System Project, and to access the application guidebook, please visit scpor.ca/lhs. If you have further questions, please contact Charlene Haver at email@example.com.
The University of Regina and SCPOR are pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for matched trainee funding. The purpose of these matched funding awards are to provide support to undergraduate, masters, and PhD students, and faculty supervisors from the University of Regina who demonstrate a passion for patient-oriented research. Click here to learn more about this funding opportunity .
The Research Connections program aims to increase health research relevance, usability, and uptake by supporting short-term, targeted, knowledge mobilization or knowledge sharing initiatives taking place in, and having a practical application for Saskatchewan Knowledge Users.
Knowledge sharing and mobilization initiatives can encompass any activity that promotes and/or produces the use of established knowledge, including those that evolve from research or Traditional ways of Knowing, and may involve knowledge synthesis; dissemination; transfer; exchange; and/or co-creation of knowledge.
Knowledge sharing includes connection with Knowledge Users. These individuals represent organizations that are interested in the practical application of knowledge. A Knowledge User may be a practitioner, health system manager, policymaker, educator, decision-maker, health care administrator, Elder, Knowledge Keeper, community leader or an individual from a health institution, patient group, government organization, etc.
The primary objective of this call is to facilitate the sharing of health research knowledge in non-academic mediums or settings. Proposed activities must address any of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, and/or represent the spirit of the TRC demonstrated by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals guiding the project team.
Even before the pandemic, one in five Canadians struggled with their mental health each year. Since early 2020, Mental Health Research Canada’s polling of Canadians throughout the pandemic has shown high levels of anxiety and depression across the country as we navigate these difficult times. It is more important than ever to continue building mental health supports for our communities and ensuring there are accessible, culturally-appropriate resources available to everyone who needs them.
Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) are partnering to offer a grant of $50,000 to fund timely, impactful mental health research in Saskatchewan. In this call, researchers are invited to submit proposals for projects addressing at least one of the two below themes:
Supporting Diverse Populations: Mental health research projects designed to support and address the needs of specific groups of people with unique needs. These may include, but are not restricted to: Indigenous populations, BIPOC populations, refugees and recent immigrants, LGBTQ+ communities, and/or women, as examples.
Advancing Digital Service Delivery: Research focusing on assessment and efficacy of existing - not new - digital products and services. With an ever-increasing number of apps and digital platforms aimed at offering mental health supports, it can be difficult for consumers to decide which one would serve them best. Many of these programs need validation to prove their effectiveness in their target populations and to continue to refine and improve their delivery.
MHRC and SHRF invite you to carefully read the attached Call for Proposalsfor grant eligibility and criteria. We have also included a Budget template in Word to assist you in your application. As the proposal states, the project must be led by two co-principal investigators who are:
A researcher/academic from an institution holding an MOU with SHRF (see Call for Proposals for details) AND
A leader or member of a Saskatchewan-based care or service provider with direct experience in the proposed research and interest in its intended outcomes
We would like to invite you to participate in a study which aims to understand current occupational therapy practice regarding the use of questionnaires assessing performance in activities of daily living and social participation among older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders across Canada.
To participate in this study, you must:
- Be a member of Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists; - Work with older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders for at least six months in the past year; - Perform assessments of performance in daily activities and social participation in your practice; - Be able to respond to the survey in French or English.
If you meet the criteria above, you are invited to participate in our survey, which consists of two sections, for a total of 15 questions. It will take about 15-20 minutes of your time. Your participation is completely anonymous, and no information will be collected other than your answers to the questions. The consent form is available online when you click on the link below. Please note that this study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of McGill University.
If you have any questions about the study, please contact Alia Osman, PhD candidate in rehabilitation sciences (firstname.lastname@example.org), supervised by Isabelle Gélinas, PhD and Patricia Belchior, PhD.
I am writing to you today to solicit your interest in supporting a research study on cognitive screening of persons with vision and/or hearing impairment. In particular, we would like you to assist us in disseminating a survey for your membership.
My name is Shirley Dumassais and I am currently a Master's student at the School of Optometry of the Université de Montréal in the research laboratory of Professor Walter Wittich. We are currently recruiting healthcare professionals for participation in a survey on sensory-cognitive health and care delivery. The purpose of this survey is to explore the various adaptations and accommodations that Canadian healthcare professionals employ using when conducting cognitive screening tests with individuals with hearing impairment, visual impairment, and dual sensory impairment (vision & hearing). The purpose of the study is to determine whether practicing clinicians have strategies to meet the needs of individuals with sensory impairment(s). The results will greatly contribute to the development of guidelines and strategies for healthcare professionals to feel competent and equipped to deal with these clinical groups.
To do this, we are looking for occupational therapists.
This study consists of answering a short online questionnaire that will only take about 5 minutes to complete. All their information will remain confidential and anonymous.
If you would like to endorse this study by providing a letter of support for our ethics approval, or obtain more information on the subject, you can reach me at +1 514-792-4541 or by email email@example.com.
KITE-Toronto Rehab Institute, University Health Network
Principal Investigator: Dr. Arlene Astell, PhD
Are you an Occupational Therapist who is or has helped support people living with early-onset dementia (EOD) or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in the workplace?
If yes, you are invited to participate in a research study looking to identify and investigate Occupational Therapists' role in supporting people living with EOD and MCI in the workplace. The study looks to identify and understand the role you had with that population, the methods you took to facilitate those roles, and any challenges you may have faced. The study will help understand the unique challenges individuals living with EOD and MCI face related to continuing their employment after being diagnosed.
Complete a demographic survey
Complete a 90-minute interview where they will be asked about their experiences supporting individuals with EOD/MCI in the workplace.
Must be an Occupational Therapist with experience working with EOD/MCI clients
Must be able to speak and understand English
Must not have a significant visual and/or hearing impairment
For more details, please contact: (Study Coordinator) at 416 597 3422 ex. 7842 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Psychological health and safety in the workplace are directly tied to worker well-being and the capacity to be effective, to feel significant, and to find meaning in work. In collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, researchers at the Centre for Studies in Primary Care at Queen’s University and HEC Montreal are inviting health-care workers and leaders to participate in research to identify barriers and facilitators to accessing support for psychological self-care and protection from moral distress.
Click the link below to learn more about the study and to participate in a Canada-wide survey. The survey should take between 20 and 30 minutes, but does not need to be completed in one sitting (if using the same device).
Principal & Co-Investigators: Kevin Reel, MSc, OT Reg. (Ont.), Gloria Gutman, PhD, Katrina Jang, MScOT (c), Elizabeth Pezzutto, MScOT (c)
Study Description: As part of a research project being conducted by the University of Toronto Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Department and Simon Fraser Gerontology Research Centre, we are conducting interviews to learn about your thoughts on and experience of initiating/facilitating Advance Care Planning with older adults 55+including LGBT+, Chinese, and/or South Asian older adult clients in your practice.
You can choose to have the 30 minute interview conducted by telephone or over Zoom. As a thank you for participating you will receive a $25 gift card.
Target audience for participation: OTs whose practice include older adults 55+ including those who are Chinese, and/or South Asian, and/or LGBT+.
For more information or to participate please contact Katrina Jang or call 604-786-9790. Response Deadline: February 25th, 2022
Université de Montréal
We are currently recruiting caregivers (psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoeducators, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, etc.) working with a clientele with psychotic disorders. The study focuses on the use of teletherapy with this population and the various challenges that practitioners and patients may encounter. It is an online questionnaire, the participation time is 15 minutes and the participant can complete the survey in French or English. Would it be possible to share this study with individuals who may be interested?
We are a research laboratory at the Université de Sherbrooke that is launching a new research project on telerehabilitation. Despite the significant increase in the use of telehealth, many therapists still express a need for support to provide the best possible interventions for clients and their families.
Our study explores the training needs for Canadian occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and physiotherapists as well as the barriers and facilitators to practice change in telerehabilitation, with the goal of co-creating a training and support program that meets these needs. For participants, this involves completing a short online questionnaire, and, for a subgroup of interested participants, taking part in a virtual focus group.
We would like to disseminate our research project to your members. Would it be possible to advise us if this is possible, and how we could do it? We are open to several types of distribution such as via your Facebook group, emails or even a publication in a newsletter or online.
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) - BC Children’s Hospital
I am Dr. Jill Zwicker, an occupational therapist, researcher, and expert in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) at BC Children’s Hospital. My team and I are currently recruiting participants for an upcoming study. You have been contacted as you/your organization have contact with children with DCD and their families. My research team is interested in evaluating the parental experience when their child has DCD.
The enclosed questionnaire is the ImpACT for DCD questionnaire, which is part of a research study to investigate the physical, social, emotional and financial impact of DCD on children and families across Canada. The outcomes from the questionnaire will be used for a comparative analysis on the services and supports available for children with DCD across Canada. This information will support national awareness and advocacy for improved services and support for children with DCD. We are asking for your help with distribution of the survey by passing along the information and online link to prospective families.
Families must meet the following criteria to be eligible to participate:
Primary residence of parent(s) and child(ren) is in Canada
Child(ren) must be under the age of 18 years with motor coordination challenges
These motor coordination challenges are not because of biological, genetic and/or developmental delays (e.g., cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, chromosomal abnormality, etc.)
Child(ren) do not have to have a formal diagnosis of DCD, but are suspected of having the disorder
Child(ren) may have other co-occurring conditions that can include autism, ADHD, learning disabilities and/or speech language deficits.
Parents can be biological, adoptive or guardian/caregiver
Parents need to be able to speak and read English or French
College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CoRS) University of Manitoba
The College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CoRS) at the University of Manitoba is conducting a survey on telerehabilitation practice in Canada and we are interested in your perspective.
The purpose of this survey is to obtain an overview of current telerehabilitation practice among rehabilitation clinicians and identify what are perceived barriers and facilitators to telerehabilitation practice including professional preparation.
Your feedback would be collected through an anonymous online survey and would take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey must be completed in one sitting, as the survey system will not let you save your survey responses for later.
Participation in this online survey is completely voluntary and you do not have to answer any questions you do not want to. The survey questions ask you about how you do or do not currently use telerehabilitation in practice; barriers and facilitators to using telerehabilitation; and your perspective on future telerehabilitation practice. Your responses will be held in strict confidence, and the survey system will not record your e-mail address or IP (Internet Protocol) address. Although the survey is anonymous, there is some risk that people reviewing the survey results may be able to identify who you are based on some data collected, particularly in the demographics section of the survey. The people reviewing the survey results are faculty members in CoRS. Individual survey respondents will be assigned an ID number prior to analysis. The results will be aggregated before they are shared with others, and we will not report any information unless there are at least five people in a response category.
As a clinician we recognize that your schedule is very busy and appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey. Your feedbackis important to us and will help us better understand current practices in telerehabilitation.
Beginning in early April, a total of 100,000 randomly selected Canadians over the age of 18 will receive kits to participate over the three waves of this survey, which will occur in April, May and June.
We are seeking your support to raise Canadians’ awareness of this survey and encourage participation.
This important survey seeks to shed light on various components of the virus and its impact on Canadians, including:
Chronic conditions and symptoms
Health and well-being of Canadians
Challenges associated with access to health care, and more
This information will be collected in two parts: an electronic questionnaire and a self-administered dried blood sample COVID-19 antibody kit. Survey participants will receive a personal lab report to find out whether they have antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19, and whether those antibodies may have been produced from a previous infection, vaccination, or both.
The data collected will help protect the health and well-being of Canadians and guide Canada’s COVID-19 recovery efforts.
Guarding Canadians’ privacy is at the heart of everything our Agency does, and we follow rigorous protocols and procedures to keep Canadians’ data safe and secure. For more information, visit our Trust Centre.
Do you work with a child aged 4-12 years with a neurodevelopmental disorder who has difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep?
Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders is a free online program based on behavioural principles that supports parents of children aged 4-12 years old with a neurodevelopmental disorder who experiences difficulties falling and staying asleep.
The online program encourages positive behaviours that will help children achieve a better quality and quantity of sleep throughout the night. To learn more about the program and the implementation study, visit the website: Can I Participate? | BNBD (betternightsbetterdays.ca)
University of British Columbia
Dear Occupational Therapist,
Are you curious about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Occupational Therapy?
Did you know that currently there is no existing literature on OTs’ perspectives and opinions on AI?
We would like to invite you to participate in a study that explores the current perspectives and opinions of Occupational Therapists (OTs) on Artificial Intelligence (AI). In particular, we are interested in your current understanding of and attitude towards AI, and how you feel about AI involvement in the future of your OT practice. Our research project is titled, “Artificial Intelligence – Current Opinions and Perspectives of Occupational Therapists”. If you are a registered OT practicing in Canada, we would like to invite you to help us better understand your perspectives on AI by participating in an online survey.
Who is eligible to participate?
• Occupational Therapist registered with one of the ten provincial regulatory organizations in Canada • Currently practicing in Canada
If you are eligible to participate, we kindly ask you to complete an online survey. The consent form for the study is accessible when you click the link to the survey below. Please review the consent form before participating. The survey will take approximately 8-10 minutes to complete. Once the survey is completed, you will also have the option to participate in a 60- to 90-minute focus group.
This 8-10-minute electronic survey is available in both English and French and can be accessed through this link: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0ro46SL5QmSgSmW. The one-time survey will be open for 2 months. At the end of the survey, participants will have an option, in a separate survey, to include their email address and be contacted to participate in a one-time optional focus group to provide their perspectives on AI.
University of New Brunswick
Are you a mental health service provider?
We are looking for practicing mental health professionals to complete a brief (10 minute) survey describing their roles in mental healthcare. The goal of the project is to examine factors related to availability, cost, and distribution of mental health services in Canada. If you complete the survey, you will have a chance to win 1 of 3 $75 Amazon gift-cards.
This project has been reviewed by the Research Ethics Board of the University of New Brunswick and is on file as REB#2022-005. If you have any further questions, you may contact Adam Young (email@example.com).
Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is working on a systemic initiative regarding the Rights of Students with Reading Disabilities. The Commission is studying how children with reading disabilities, including dyslexia, experience and receive accommodations in Kindergarten to Grade 12 classrooms.
As part of this systemic initiative, the Commission has prepared surveys for stakeholders with personal or professional experience.
One survey is designed for students/families who have lived experience with system navigation, accommodation, and other aspects of learning to read in the context of reading disabilities.
The second survey is designed for teachers, school administrators, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and other professionals who work with students who have, or may have, learning disabilities.
The links to both surveys can be found on the Commission website: