Richard Sawatzky

Richard Sawatzky, PhD, MSc, BSc, RN

Trinity Western University

Principal Investigator:

2018 Catalyst Grant Program — Supporting quality of life assessments of frail older adults and their family caregivers (CAT 2018-17)

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)

Supervisor:

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 a 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 is also the Lead on Patient-Reported Outcomes at the University of British Columbia Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) and on Patient-Centred Measurement Methods with the British Columbia Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit. 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 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. He leads a program of research focused on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and measurement and quality of life assessment instrument, with a particular emphasis on integrating a palliative approach to care of people with chronic life-limiting conditions. His current research includes studies about the development and evaluation of patient-reported outcomes measurement (PROM) in heterogeneous populations; the integration of electronic quality of life assessments in clinical practice for older adults who have life-limiting illnesses, and their family caregivers; and the selection and utilization of PROMs for healthcare decision making, including the integration of a palliative approach.