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Technology and health care for the elderly medical research studies

Our mission: improve care for older Canadians living with frailty.

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Richard Sawatzky, PhD, MSc, BSc, RN

Trinity Western University

Principal Investigator:

2015 Catalyst Grant Program -- Integrated Approach to Palliative Care in Acute Care (iPAC-AC) (CAT 2015-32)

2014 Catalyst Grant Program -- Integrating a quality of life assessment and practice support system in palliative homecare (CAT 2014-17)

2013 Catalyst Grant Program -- Integrating quality of life assessments into acute care for older adults with chronic life-limiting illness (CAT 2013-51)

2013 Knowledge Synthesis Grant -- Patient- and family-reported experience and outcome measures for elderly acute care patients: A knowledge synthesis (KS 2013-09)

2013 Core Research Program Grant -- The Carer Support Needs Assessment (CSNAT) Intervention: Supporting Family Caregivers of Palliative Patients at Home (CORE 2013-01)


2013 Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program Supervisor -- Eric Chan, PhD, MA, BA -- Using Patient-Reported Outcome Measures to Inform the Care of Seriously Ill Older Adults: Guidelines Development 

2013 Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program Supervisor -- Joyce Lee -- MA, MC, PhD student -- Palliative approach and quality of life outcomes in care for elderly Chinese patients and families

Dr. Richard Sawatzky is an Associate Professor and holds a Canada Research Chair in Patient-Reported Outcomes in the School of Nursing, and the School of Graduate Studies at Trinity Western University (TWU). He also works as a research scientist with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) at Providence Health Care in British Columbia. Dr. Sawatzky has been a faculty member at TWU since 2002, having taught courses on nursing research, medical and surgical nursing, nursing care of older adults, and health assessment. He currently teaches courses on knowledge synthesis and quantitative research methods in the Master of Science in Nursing program. Dr. Sawatzky completed his undergraduate studies at TWU and his graduate studies at the University of British Columbia. His clinical background is in palliative care and medical nursing care, and his research focuses on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and measurement and quality of life measurement in people with chronic life-limiting conditions. His current research includes studies about the challenges of PRO measurement in heterogeneous populations and in longitudinal studies, the validation of computerized assessment systems, the use of handheld devices for quality of life assessment, educational approaches for patients with colorectal cancer, and patients' experiences with knee surgery.