Two nursing grad students receive $30,000 SPOR studentship award from AIHS

Merilee Brockway and Lorraine Smith-Macdonald each receive important Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research studentships from Alberta Innovates Health Solutions
Meredith Brockway is one of 10 MSc and PhD graduate students who were recently awarded studentships under the SPOR Graduate Studentships in Patient-Oriented Research program.

Meredith Brockway is one of the graduate students who were awarded SPOR Graduate Studentships.

Merilee Brockway and Lorraine Smith-Macdonald have each been awarded a Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Graduate Studentship for their research projects undertaken in the faculty.

Ten submissions were approved out of 41 in the October 2015 competition. They each receive a one-year award of $30,000.

Brockway is supervised by Karen Benzies and her project is Assessing the Impact of Family Integrated Care in Level II NICUs on Infant Feeding Outcomes: A Mixed Methods Study. Read more about her work in Jan. 19 news story "Giving research a patient focus" on the Alberta Innovates Health Solutions website.

Smith-MacDonald, who is supervised by Shane Sinclair, is working on Exploring the Relationship between Spirituality and Psychological Distress within Combat Veterans: A Grounded Theory Study.

Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is about ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time. The objective of SPOR is to foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care.