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Providence Health Care Practice-Based Research Challenge announces funding for 11 teams

On behalf of the PHC Research Challenge Advisory Committee, funding for 11 diverse and dedicated teams of point-of-care clinicians has been announced in the 2018 cohort.

Winning this year’s designated Patient and Family Centred Care award is a team led by RNs Jill Hidalgo and Christine Zamora, pictured below. Jill and Christine’s team is mentored by Dr Rick Sawatzky, TWU Nursing Professor and CHEOS Scientist. Jill notes, “Christine and I are dedicated to quality patient care delivery. With this research project, we look forward to collaborating with our patients, nursing colleagues, other interdisciplinary team members, and the leadership team in developing an educational program aimed at addressing the unique needs of our hemodialysis patients.”

Winning this year’s award offered in partnership with the Transplant Research Foundation of BC is a team led by RD Christine Adair, Prevalence Study of Vitamin D status of Renal Patients Post-Transplant.” Christine says, “We hope that this project will fill a knowledge gap and allow us to re-evaluate clinical practice to improve and expand treatment options for kidney transplant patients. Our team is thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in a project that will build our research skills, while addressing a real issue that patients care about.”

Christine’s team, L to R: Chelsea Bruce, Erin Waters, Christine Adair, Simran Dukhia, Clare Bannon, and Vanessa Lewis (mentor). Not pictured: Katrina McAndrew, Patient Partner)​

2018 marks the 8th year for the PHC Research Challenge program, which provides training, funding and mentorship for teams of clinicians to conduct small-scale research projects in their own clinical settings. More than 550 PHC clinicians have participated in 91 funded Research Challenge projects, which have resulted in practice changes, patient care improvements, 125 conference presentations and 14 publications. Kudos to the newly funded teams, and thanks to their mentors and the Research Challenge funders: PHCRI, PHC Professional Practice, BCNU, HSABC, Transplant Research Foundation of BC, and Dr Sandra Lauck and Dr John Webb through the Professorship in Cardiovascular Nursing. Thanks also to CHEOS, VCH Library Services, UBC School of Nursing and the PHC Ethics Office staff for their ongoing support of the Research Challenge program.

Research Challenge Advisory Committee: Aggie Black, Jennifer Baumbusch, Harvey Bosma, Candy Garossino, Martha Mackay, Kate McNamee and Christine Wallsworth.

A full list of the 11 teams is below.

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