Kelly J. Mrklas

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Recent Research Projects

Advancing Concussion Assessment and Treatment in Children and Youth

2015/16-2020/21 • $3,341,337 • PI,Other
Each year, millions of children sustain concussions/mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), and 15-25% suffer persistent symptoms and declines in quality of life. Clinicians caring for these children face three critical, unanswered questions: how to diagnose concussion, how to predict which...

Moving knowledge into action for more effective practice, programs and policy: A research program focusing on integrated knowledge translation

2015/16-2020/21 • $2,983,333 • PI,CO,Other
ContextThe current growing demands on the healthcare system and the limited resources available for it are calling into question its sustainability. Research has a major role to play in ensuring healthcare is effective, efficient, and appropriate. It is also widely accepted that societies and...

De-implementing low value care: a research program of the Choosing Wisely Canada Implementation Research Network

2018/19-2020/21 • $1,164,112 • PI,CO,Other
Up to 30% of tests and treatments given to patients are not needed. This can lead to significant inconvenience and harms for these patients without any benefit. It also wastes money for patients and the health system. Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) is engaging patients and health professionals to...

The REDUCED Trial: REDucing the Utilization of CEsarean sections for Dystocia

2016/17-2020/21 • $917,400 • PI,CO
This study will develop a "knowledge translation" or teaching program for physicians and nurses caring for women in labor. Alberta hospitals will be randomly allocated into two groups. One group will receive the program first allowing comparison with the other group. Eventually, if effective all...

SHRed Injuries: Preventing Injuries and their Consequences in Youth Sport and Recreation

2018/19-2020/21 • $407,021 • PI,Other
Injuries are not accidents; they are predictable and preventable. Injuries are the leading cause of ill health and mortality in Canadian youth. Sport and recreational (S&R) injuries account for more than 40% of this burden. One in 3 youth seeks medical attention for a S&R related injury each...

Advancing the Science of Integrated Knowledge Translation with Health Researchers and Knowledge Users: Understanding Current and Developing Recommendations for Integrated KT Practice

2018/19-2020/21 • $332,775 • PI,CO
Getting research results into everyday health care practice and policies is a long and painstaking process. The field of Knowledge Translation (KT) has emerged and is expanding in attempt to speed up this process. One approach, called integrated KT, includes the users of research throughout the...

Sleeping for Two: A randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia experienced during pregnancy

2018/19-2020/21 • $108,624 • PI,CO
Sleep problems are common during pregnancy, they tend to worsen as pregnancy progresses, and they are associated with increased birth complications, higher rates of depression and anxiety and worse infant sleep. Although there are medications for short-term treatment of insomnia the majority of...

Atlantic Canada Together Enhancing Acute Stroke Treatment (ACTEAST): Improving Access and Efficiency of Treatment

2020/21 • $105,825 • PI,CO
Stroke is a devastating disease, as the leading cause of severe physical disability. Ischemic stroke is the most common form of stroke; and is treatable with medical treatment and a new minimally invasive surgical procedure. These treatments can transform lives, but minutes matter for improving...

Building Partnerships to Improve Care of Early Knee Osteoarthritis Patients: Co-developing a Risk Management Tool

2016/17-2018/19 • $200,000 • PI,CO
Clinical risk management tools developed for patients with chronic diseases can identify those at high risk of progressing to severe stages and can aid family practitioners (FPs) in motivating patients to implement lifestyle changes. Such a tool does not exist for early Knee Osteoarthritis (KOA)...

Child developmental health, maternal psychosocial distress, and health system costs at 18 months corrected age: Effectiveness of a cluster randomized controlled trial of Family Integrated Care in Level II NICUs

2016/17-2018/19 • $199,812 • PI,CO,Other
In Alberta, one in every twelve babies is born too soon (preterm). Preterm babies are at greater risk for breathing and feeding problems, as well as infections, than babies born on their due date. As a result, parents must leave their preterm babies in the hospital to fully develop and become...

eMental Health for Youth and Young Adults: Rewarding Success Idea Brief

2017/18 • $100,000 • PI,Other
Between 2006/07 and 2013/14, rates of Emergency Department (ED) visits by adolescents in Canada for mental disorders increased by 58%, with stable ED usage for other conditions, and the largest increases accounted for by mood and anxiety disorders[2].The urgent need to provide better access and...

Mobility of Vulnerable Elderly in Alberta

2014/15-2015/16 • $199,690 • PI,CO,Other
Older people are not routinely mobilized in hospital and functional decline is a hazard of hospitalization; mobilization of older people can decrease length of stay and prevent admission to long-term care. We implemented an early mobilization (MOVE) strategy in 13 hospitals in Ontario and...

Improving Acute Stroke Services by Co-Creating Patient Centred Research

2014/15 • $15,000 • PI,CO,Other
Stroke is a debilitating disease that effects a large proportion of people as either stroke survivors or informal caregivers. Time is brain, and treating patients faster will save lives and reduce disability. This project aims to improve acute stroke services by co-creating patient centred...