Joan L. Bottorff

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Recent Research Projects

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...

TYDE: Transitioning Youth with Disabilities and Employment

2018/19 • $177,316 • PI,CO
Article 27 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) recognizes "the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others... in a work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities," and compels "State Parties to...

TYDE: transitioning youth with disabilities and employment

2018/19 • $111,003 • CO
Article 27 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) recognizes "the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others... in a work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities," and compels "State Parties to...

Examining Knowledge Translation Platforms as Mechanisms for Strengthening the Use of Evidence in Healthcare Policy & Practice

2014/15-2018/19 • $105,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Research evidence is often not used to inform decisions about practice and policy, resulting in people not receiving optimal care. Similarly, research does not always align with the needs of policy makers or practitioners. Despite the ready availability of compelling evidence, there is often a...

TYDE: Transitioning Youth with Disabilities and Employment

2016/17-2017/18 • $92,005 • PI,CO
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) recognizes "the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others in a work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities," and article 27 admonishes "State Parties to...

TYDE: Transitioning Youth with Disabilities and Employment

2016/17-2017/18 • $45,996 • PI,CO
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) recognizes "the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others in a work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities," and article 27 admonishes "State Parties to...

CAPO 2017: Practice, Research & Leadership: Weaving it all Together

2016/17 • $10,000 • PI,CO
We are requesting funding for the 32nd annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) on May 3-5th, 2017 at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia. CAPO is ideally positioned to host this meeting as Canada's leader in psychosocial oncology and...

The culture and context of adolescent marijuana use

2010/11-2015/16 • $463,176 • PI,CO
Over the past decade there has been a shift in the public discourse related to marijuana; it is a drug that is increasingly seen as socially acceptable. Research has demonstrated the harmful social and health effects of marijuana use and there is increasing evidence that some individuals become...

Advancing the Health Promotion Efforts of Prostate Cancer Support Groups

2011/12-2015/16 • $453,556 • PI,CO
Psychosocial support and health information are integral to the well-being of men who have prostate cancer, and prostate cancer support groups (PCSGs) have emerged as important community-based resources in Canada and other Western countries. Our previous research reveals PCSGs as an ideal forum...

A mixed-methods approach to gender-sensitive interventions to reduce concurrent alcohol and tobacco use among pregnant-involved Aboriginal girls/young women.

2012/13-2015/16 • $105,000 • PI,Other
Maternal and infant health is a main indicator of a country's overall quality of life and health. In Canada, Aboriginal populations experience lower levels of maternal and infant health as compared with the general population. However, there is currently a lack of accurate data describing this...

CIHR Training Grant in Women, Gender, and Addictions: Exploring Intersections with Trauma, Violence and Mental Health (IMPART: Intersections of Mental Health Perspectives in Addictions Research Training)

2010/11-2014/15 • $1,625,000 • PI,CO
Building on the strengths of the current IMPART, which focuses on training in transdisciplinary research on women, gender and addictions, the new IMPART will also directly address the intersections of addictions and substance use with mental health, violence and trauma. The program will provide...

CIHR Training Grant in Population Intervention for Chronic Disease Prevention: A Pan Canadian Program

2010/11-2014/15 • $1,625,000 • PI,CO
Most chronic disease (cancer, heart disease, and diabetes) is preventable. But these diseases afflict millions of Canadians and strain the health care system. Leading Canadian researchers will train students to do studies that provide evidence needed by those responsible for developing policies...

CIHR/ICR-funded Psychosocial Oncology Research Training (PORT) program

2010/11-2014/15 • $1,625,000 • PI,CO
Cancer remains a leading cause of disability and death in Canada. Aging of the population and advances in cancer screening and treatment means that more individuals are now living with the aftermath of cancer such as important psychological, physical, financial and social ramifications. PORT...

Priorities for caregiver research in cancer care: National and international perspectives using the Delphi procedure

2014/15 • $8,520 • PI,CO,Other
Cancer is the second most common illness in Canada requiring caregivers - one in ten Canadians care for or have cared for a family member. Caregivers have always played a major role in cancer care, but they are providing more help than ever before. Caregivers take on these responsibilities with...

CIHR Team Grant in Tobacco and Gender

2010/11-2013/14 • $676,934 • PI,CO
Tobacco use remains a significant public health issue in Canada. Gender differences that influence tobacco use are reflected in the different smoking rates and practices among women and men. These differences demand targeted interventions aimed at tobacco reduction. However, few interventions...

What Makes for Quality of Life When You Have an Advanced Life-Limiting Illness?

2013/14 • $3,000 • PI,CO
What can health care do for you if we cannot cure your illness? The primary cause of sickness and death in Canada is chronic disease. As we age, the likelihood of living with at least one chronic illness rises steeply. Canadians are living longer and many are living sicker. A recent report from...

Older Persons' Transitions in Care

2010/11-2012/13 • $386,208 • PI,CO,Other
Our study will examine the experience of elderly nursing home residents who need care outside of the nursing home and require transfer to a hospital emergency department for assessment and/or treatment and transfer back to the nursing home. While much of the literature focuses on the experience...

Establishing Cultural Safety and Effecting Organizational Change for Aboriginal Healthcare in the Urban Centres of the Okanagan Valley

2010/11-2012/13 • $332,344 • PI,CO
This project undertakes research that identifies both barriers to, and opportunities for, developing systems for the provision of culturally safe and accessible healthcare for the Urban Aboriginal population of the Central Okanagan valley. By cultural safety, we mean being culturally sensitive,...

Development and Pilot Test of a Tailored Smoking Cessation Intervention with HIV+ Gay Men

2011/12 • $100,000 • PI,CO
Smoking rates among HIV positive (HIV+) gay men in Vancouver range from 63-71%, well above the Canadian average of 20%. Smoking is a major modifiable determinant of health and has been associated with significant comorbidities (e.g., cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal diseases) and HIV disease...

Men's Depression

2011/12 • $100,000 • PI,CO
Our primary goal is to raise awareness of men's depression as a means to advancing the well-being of men and their families. Two objectives will be directed towards achieving our goal: 1. Support health care providers (HCPs), men and their families to understand and manage men's depression. 2....

Fostering emotional resilience among youth: Using youth narratives to promote understanding and connectedness between youth and adults

2011/12 • $100,000 • PI,CO
Emotional resilience refers to a person's capacity to develop positively despite adversity and can be understood as a process that develops over time and in specific personal and environmental contexts. Without a capacity for resilience, emotional distress including anxiety and stress can...

Addressing CVD Prevention with an Innovative Men-centred Approach to Tobacco Reduction

2011/12 • $100,000 • PI,CO
Cigarette smoking is a significant yet preventable risk factor for cardiovascular disease in men. Becoming a new father is an ideal time for men to re-examine their smoking behaviour. A novel, evidence-based program to help fathers in their efforts to reduce and/or quit smoking, Dads in Gear...

Extending the Role of Prostate Cancer Support Groups in Health Promotion

2011/12 • $80,000 • PI,CO
The overarching goal is to strategically disseminate, and support the uptake of our study findings to advance the health and well-being of men who experience PCa and their families. The following objectives will be directed toward achieving this goal; 1. Assist PCSG foundations and groups to...

Healthcare Ethics in Rural Palliative Care

2010/11-2011/12 • $71,622 • PI,CO
Rural contexts bring unique issues to health care ethics. Common ethical issues include confidentiality concerns, boundary issues related to dual relationships, and exceptional care-giver stresses. Rural communities also have unique strengths that contribute to ethically good care such as close...

Optimizing Health and Patient Experience of Cancer: Planning for Implementation and Research to Tailor and Evaluate Chronic Disease Self-Management Applied to Cancer

2011/12 • $25,000 • PI,CO
Persons with cancer and their families are responsible for daily management of cancer symptoms and treatment consequences. Studies in other diseases such as diabetes have shown that self-management support is essential to reducing severity of disease symptoms and living well with chronic...

Improving care for people with dementia: Supporting communities, families, and health decisions

2011/12 • $25,000 • PI,CO
The purpose of this meeting is to bring together a diverse team of researchers, practitioners and decision makers to develop a proposal for a CIHR Team Grant in Community Based Primary Health Care competition. The focus of the grant proposal will be a program of collaborative and comparative...

iTAG Invitational Meeting on Gender, Tobacco & Health

2011/12 • $19,984 • PI,CO
The iTAG (Investigating Tobacco and Gender) team includes academics, community-based researchers, health care professionals and policy makers dedicated to a better understanding the influence of gender and sex on tobacco reduction (TR). The theme of our proposed iTAG Invitational Meeting on...

Developing an Alberta/BC Research Team to Address a Research Agenda in Chronic Disease Management

2011/12 • $19,525 • PI,CO,Other
The ever increasing burden of chronic disease in Canada is significant with over 40% of Canadians having at least one chronic condition and many with multiple morbidities. Current chronic disease management (CDM) models focus on one condition rather than a common approach to treatment, often...

Who Cares for Caregivers? Families and Serious Illness

2011/12 • $3,000 • PI,CO
Family caregivers are essential partners in health care and provide $25-26 billion in home care annually; while incurring $80 million annually in out-of-pocket expenses. It is well known that providing care at home for a seriously ill or dying family member can be deeply meaningful and...

Integration of a Disease Self-Management Approach in the Cancer System to Optimize Health and Living with Cancer: A Road Map for Implementation

2010/11 • $228,250 • PI,CO,Other
Persons with cancer and their families are responsible for daily management of cancer symptoms and treatment consequences while living with the illness as both an acute and chronic problem that may extend for years post-treatment. The cancer system may not be organized to provide the support...

Smoking on the Margins: An Equity Analysis of the Outcomes of an Outdoor Smoke-free Policy

2010/11 • $199,920 • PI,CO
Policies that restrict where people can smoke have been shown to improve population health by reducing exposure to second-hand smoke and these policies enjoy a high level of support from the public, health professionals and policy makers. Following local, national and international examples,...

FACET 4 Tobacco Reduction Support for New Fathers

2010/11 • $50,000 • PI,CO
Smoking among fathers can harm men's health and negatively impact the well-being of their partner and children. Yet, the majority of tobacco reduction support programs have focused on pregnant and post-partum women. Becoming a new father is an ideal time for men to re-examine their smoking...

Strengthening Support for Tobacco Reduction for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

2010/11 • $10,000 • PI,CO
The proposed meeting is a one day planning meeting to be held in June 2010, in Vancouver, B.C. to develop a CIHR grant proposal for the September 2010 competition. The focus of the grant proposal is to use emergent research evidence to inform a new approach to tobacco reduction for...

For better or for worse: Women's efforts to promote men's health.

2010/11 • $3,000 • PI,CO
It is well known that men often risk rather than promote their health and are more likely to deny than discuss health issues. In efforts to promote men's health, women often step in to encourage men to change lifestyle behaviours or visit health care providers for diagnosis and treatment of...

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