Richard G. Sawatzky

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Recent Research Projects

Seniors- Adding Life to Years (SALTY)

2016/17-2018/19 • $1,048,761 • PI,CO,Other
Late life is a time when older adults and their caregivers (family and friends) are faced with health and social issues that can impact their well-being. Everyone wants to live well in their final years but this is a challenge, particularly for people in residential long term care settings such...

Integrating a quality of life assessment and practice support system in homecare services for older adults with life-limiting illness and their families

2015/16-2018/19 • $656,089 • PI,CO,Other
Older adults who have advancing life-limiting illnesses and who are receiving health care at home often have complex problems that affect both their ability to function and their overall quality of life (QOL). Progress has been made in the managing some aspects of chronic illness, including...

Development and validation of Canadian health literacy measurement tool for chronic disease management

2015/16-2018/19 • $608,951 • PI,CO,Other
Within the context of health care, the importance of literacy is evident because all chronic disease management strategies require the transmission of information from caregivers and other sources to patients, and also because this transmission must be developed with an awareness of the...

Development and Validation of a Patient-Reported Measure of Compassionate Care

2016/17-2018/19 • $438,870 • PI,CO
Background & Importance: What we know and what is needed Compassionate care is increasingly recognized as an essential ingredient of quality healthcare by patients, family members, healthcare providers, decision makers, and researchers. Despite mounting evidence that it positively impacts...

Electronic Patient-Reported Outcomes in Clinical Kidney Practice (ePRO Kidney)

2016/17-2018/19 • $388,940 • PI,CO
People living with end-stage kidney disease need dialysis or transplantation in order to stay alive. This illness and treatment significantly impact peoples' health, emotions, work and relationships. To promote person-centred care, healthcare professionals should be asking patients about what...

Statistical Methods for Patient-Reported Outcome Measures

2015/16-2018/19 • $309,764 • PI,CO,Other
Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are used by patients to describe their health, including their quality of life, pain, fatigue, and depression. PROMs are used by physicians, nurses, and healthcare decision makers to describe the outcomes of care from the patient's point of view. In...

A population-based analysis of multi-disciplinary rheumatology nursing care for people with complex rheumatic diseases.

2016/17-2018/19 • $248,781 • PI,CO
Rheumatic diseases affect the lives of people with these conditions, which includes their quality of life, their ability to work and the amount of health care they need to help fight these diseases. Enabling people with rheumatic diseases to spend time with nurses can help them work out how to...

Moving from Moral Distress to Moral Action in Intensive Care Units

2016/17-2018/19 • $200,000 • PI,CO
A growing body of empirical research points to high levels of frustration, anxiety, fear, anger, sorrow, self-doubt, and guilt that health care providers experience when they feel powerless to practice according to their ethical standards. These emotions reflect moral distress which develops...

Person-Centred Outcomes

2018/19 • $100,000 • PI
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Including Patient Voice in Healthcare System Performance: Development of Patient-Centred Care Indicators

2018/19 • $84,150 • PI,CO
In Canada, efforts are increasingly being made to move healthcare research and policy towards a patient-centred care (PCC) model. PCC is defined as care that is respectful and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs and values, and ensures all clinical decisions are guided by...

Canada Research Chair in Patient Reported Outcomes Assessment

2013/14-2017/18 • $500,000 • PI
People with advancing chronic and life-limiting illness present significant challenges to healthcare delivery. These people have complex and multifaceted healthcare needs that seriously affect their quality of life. Routine and comprehensive quality of life assessments can help to make their...

Integration of a quality of life and practice support system to support a palliative approach for frail older adults living at home

2017/18 • $2,500 • PI
There is increasing concern that Canada's health systems will be unable to meet the needs of a rapidly growing older adult population. Older adults living at home with life-limiting illness and their family-caregivers often experience significant challenges that affect their ability to function,...

Patient engagement with designing total knee arthroplasty intervention strategies: continuing a patient-oriented research agenda in total knee arthroplasty

2016/17 • $25,000 • PI,CO,Other
Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is the most common joint replacement surgery in Canada, with the need expected to rise further in the future. However, up to 20% of patients report dissatisfaction post-surgery. Our research team investigated this issue through an earlier study and documented a...

Listening to voices not often heard: An exploration of research needs of South Asian knee replacement patients

2016/17 • $25,000 • PI,CO,Other
Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a high volume surgery (approx. 56,000 per annum in Canada). Given that almost 20% of Canadians are from ethnic minorities, it is clear that a large number of TKA surgeries are being performed on ethnic minority patients. Understanding the experience of people...

A meta-narrative review of patient- and family-reported experience and outcome measures across transitions of care for frail seniors living at home.

2015/16 • $100,000 • PI,Other
As we confront the unprecedented aging of our Canadian population, there is pressing need for strategic, cross-sector care of the frail elderly whose healthcare costs are 4.5 times greater than adults 20-64 years old.1-2 While being in a state of increased vulnerability and risk, frail seniors...

Why are so many patients dissatisfied with knee replacement surgery? Exploring variations of the patient experience.

2011/12-2013/14 • $439,600 • PI,CO,Other
Knee replacement surgery is the most requested joint replacement surgery in Canada. Knee replacements in Canada among those aged 55 to 64 tripled for men, and more than tripled for women, between 1995 and 2005, and will continue to increase in response to the needs of an aging population. As...

The Analysis of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures: Statistical Methods for Response Shift (PROM-RS)

2012/13-2013/14 • $69,716 • PI,CO
Self-reported measures of health outcomes like quality of life, satisfaction with treatment, functional ability, and disease symptoms, can contribute to improved decision making in a patient-centred healthcare system. Insights into patients' own experiences with their health can be obtained by...

Improving DECIsion-making about goals of care for hospitalized, elDerly patiEnts: A multicentre, interventional study.

2013/14 • $24,998 • PI,CO
There is a real problem with modern healthcare at the end of life. Most elderly patients with advanced, life-limiting illnesses prefer to receive treatments aimed at improving quality of life and symptoms in their final days. Yet, the use of invasive and expensive technologies at the end of life...

Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement in the Context of Primary Health Care Reform: A Systematic Review and Expedited Knowledge Synthesis

2011/12-2012/13 • $100,000 • PI,CO
This proposal addresses the question: What are the most effective ways to measure the health outcome changes, as reported by patients themselves, resulting from primary health care reforms? Our emphasis on outcomes as reported by patients themselves is driven by a belief that individual patients...

A Mixed Methods Knowledge Synthesis of a Palliative Approach

2011/12 • $100,000 • PI,CO,Other
As the Canadian population ages, serious chronic and life-limiting illness will become more of a concern. Many people in such circumstances will be in need of compassionate care at the end of life (EOL). Studies show that patients and families are not completely satisfied with the quality of EOL...

Community-Based Primary Healthcare for People with Chronic Life-Limiting Conditions

2011/12 • $25,000 • PI,CO,Other
We are proposing a 3 day face-to-face planning and development meeting in Victoria, British Columbia to develop a CIHR Team Grant proposal focusing on developing, testing and evaluating interventions and innovative and integrated models of community-based primary health care for people with...

The Analysis of Longitudinal Health-Related Quality of Life Data: Statistical Methods for Response Shift

2010/11 • $200,000 • PI,CO
Information about health-related quality of life (HRQOL), a person's perceptions of his/her well-being, is collected in many chronic disease studies. HRQOL is a broad construct that captures multiple aspects of health: physical, psychological, social, and emotional. A key question in...