CIHR funding to support Bloomberg researchers advancing science & delivering solutions

2 February 2018

Bloomberg Nursing researchers help inform policy, improve quality of life, prevent disease and shape the landscape of the health care system on a local and global scale. Some of our outstanding researchers were recently awarded funding by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to support their important research.

Dr. Lisa Cranley

Dr. Lisa Cranley has been awarded a project grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research for her study “Implementing an intervention to foster meaningful engagement and shared decision-making among residents, families and healthcare teams in long-term care: A mixed methods approach.” This 2.5-year grant supports Dr. Cranley’s research to develop and assess the suitability of a shared decision-making strategy to engage residents of long-term care facilities, many of whom have Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, their family member (substitute decision-maker), and the healthcare team in a collaborative approach to decisions about resident care.

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Dr. Monica Parry

Dr. Monica Parry has been awarded a project grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research for her study “Development and usability testing of HEARTPAN: An integrated smartphone and web-based intervention for women with cardiac pain.” This 3-year grant supports Dr. Parry’s research to develop and evaluate an integrated smartphone and web-based intervention (HEARTPA♀N) that will help women self-manage cardiac pain.

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Dr. Jennifer Stinson

Dr. Jennifer Stinson has been awarded grants for two projects:

The Pain Squad+ Smartphone app to support real-time pain management for adolescents with cancer: A randomized controlled trial.

Stinson and her team of researchers have developed and used a phased-approach to test a smartphone-based app, called Pain Squad+. Using this app, adolescents with cancer (AWC) report the pain they have and the app provides AWC with advice on how to treat this pain based on an algorithm our team developed. This 4-year project will test the effect of the Pain Squad+ app, with and without nurse help, on treating pain and other pain-related health issues and managing costs associated with pain care, when compared to AWC not using the app.

iCanCope with Post-Operative Pain (iCanCope PostOp): Development and evaluation of a smartphone-based pain self-management program for adolescents following surgery.

The goal of this 3-year project is to develop a smartphone app, called “iCanCope with Post-Operative Pain, which will help teenagers to track and treat their own pain after surgery by providing “in-the-moment” advice wherever and whenever they need it. If pain is not properly treated after surgery, teenagers often have a poorer quality of life, use more opioid pain medications, and have a greater risk of developing chronic pain.

February 2, 2018