SCPOR (Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Orientated Research)
The Saskatchewan Health Research Showcase will take place virtually on the mornings of Nov. 16 & 18, 2021. This exciting event will highlight health research taking place across our province and feature experts on a variety of topics.
Call for Abstracts - Deadline Sept. 24 We are accepting abstract submissions for those interested in an oral or e-poster presentation. If you want to be part of this exciting event, we want to hear from you! Submissions are open to all Saskatchewan-based research teams. For more information please visit our website.
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 .
Join the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit on Sept. 16 for the third instalment of AbSPORU’s webinar series on Integrating Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Sex and Gender-Based Analysis (SGBA+) into Patient-Oriented Research (POR). Click here for more information and to register.
SHRF (Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation)
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
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.
Statistics Canada, in collaboration with Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Canadian Institute for Health Information, will be conducting the Nursing and Residential Care Facility Survey (NRCFS) from January 4 to March 31, 2022.
At Statistics Canada, we know that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an undoubtedly large impact on Canada’s nursing and residential care facilities. This survey allows us to collect comparable data to provide coherent and relevant national, provincial, territorial, and regional statistics on nursing and residential care facilities in Canada. That will also allow us to better understand the extent to which they have been affected by the pandemic, including staffing, standards of care and gaps in skills and training.
Benefits to care facilities
The participation of nursing and residential care facilities in this survey is vital and will offer valuable information about COVID-19 outbreaks and how facilities are equipped to respond.
Results from this survey will benefit the sector and individual facilities by guiding policy decisions to improve health outcomes for residents and a safe work environment for employees. Governments, policy-makers and researchers will gain a clearer picture of different types of care across the country, enabling them to make informed decisions on investments, programming, training, and many other areas. As an example, these data will help support the national dementia strategy to better meet the needs of caregivers and Canadians living with dementia.
StatCan expects to publish data from this survey starting in the summer/fall of 2022.
We need your support
All data that are collected will be aggregated, anonymous and kept confidential.
We will confirm approval with your organization, and at that time, we would hope that you will support participation in this survey by sharing this email with your networks. For more information, visit www.statcan.gc.ca/NRCFS.