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Research priorities

Submitted by kathleen.local on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 9:38am

Research has been an integral part of life and learning at the University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing for more than 30 years. In that time we have attracted some of the best and brightest minds in nursing knowledge.

We are proud to be part of a university that is one of Canada’s leading research institutions. In support of the university’s Eyes High strategic direction, our faculty’s research plan targets critical issues in healthcare today: health outcomes in acute and chronic illness in diverse populations and settings, and improvement in healthcare delivery systems.

In the Faculty of Nursing, our research priorities target two main areas addressing critical challenges in health care today. Faculty members are distinctly focused on specific sub-groupings within these foci.

Health outcomes across multiple populations and multiple settings

  • Care and Care Processes of Patients and Families with Chronic Health Problems
    Here, our researchers focus on cardiovascular and cerebral health, obesity, musculoskeletal health/bone and joint disabilities, oncology and palliative care.
  • Culturally Diverse and Vulnerable/ At Risk Populations
    Immigrant families, those with mental health problems and addictions, aboriginal health, minority health issues as well as other at risk populations are the priority research interests
  • Family Health
    Our researchers focus on outcomes of health promotion and illness prevention related to family health including infant, child, family and women’s health.
  • Care of the Older Adult: Emerging Area of Research
    The topic of older adults is an up-and-coming research interest for a small group of our faculty who are examining models of service delivery and health outcomes for this population.

Professional education and health services delivery

  • Teaching and Learning Strategies and Models of Education
    At the Faculty of Nursing, we recognize that health human resource planning needs to be based on data that optimizes the deployment, skills and knowledge of health professionals. Describing and evaluating technologies and other alternative learning modes (i.e., inquiry based learning, blended learning) on learner and practice outcomes will help understand the knowledge and competencies required for safe and effective practice in complex health care environments. Developing and emerging areas of professional education research also include simulation and interprofessional education and practice. With our Clinical Simulation Learning Centre and our new undergraduate curriculum, we are well-positioned to explore these areas.
  • Organization Structures and Processes
    Solutions to key issues related to sustainability and reform of the health care system will depend on solid evidence to guide health workforce planning.  Several faculty members’ research is focused on models of care delivery and education that support optimization of roles and mentorship and support of practitioners in practice. Additionally, faculty members are also evaluating organizational practices and structures and their impacts on provider, patient and system outcomes.