Dr Rick Sawatzky receives the Excellence in Advancing Nursing Knowledge & Research Award!


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Congratulations, Rick, for receiving a 2016 Excellence in Advancing Nursing Knowledge & Research award from the Association of Registered Nurses of BC!

Dr. Richard Sawatzky, aside from being an iPANEL team member, holds many other titles, including Canada Research Chair in Patient-Reported Outcomes at Trinity Western University, research scientist with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) with Providence Health Care, and member of the board of directors of the International Society for Quality of Life Research.


Rick's research focuses on the use of patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments and quality of life assessments in various health care contexts. Current research activities include systematic reviews, statistical methods, the use of tablet devices for quality of life assessments, family caregiver quality of life, the selection and utilization of PRO instruments in health care decision making, and nursing care delivery and practice supports for a palliative approach.

Patients and families benefit greatly from your research. This award is well-deserved. Congratulations, Rick!

Read more about the award on the ARNBC website.

On August 6, 2016 the Times Colonist printed the story of a medically-fragile, Indigenous man who was discharged from the Victoria General hospital with nowhere to recover from surgery except on a shelter mat or on the street after doctors removed his gallbladder. In an Op-Ed printed in the Times Colonist (August 14 2016), Dr. Kelli Stajduhar and Ashley Mollison highlight the barriers to end-of-life care for homeless people as seen in emerging findings of the Equitable Access to Care study, and promote the important work of the Palliative Outreach Resource Team (PORT) in Victoria, BC. The barriers to care that Mr. Provost has experienced including poverty, racism, and stigma, are the same barriers experienced by many of the participants in the EAC study as they approach end-of-life. Thank you to Mr. Provost for sharing his story and the outreach workers who supported him to tell his story and continue to care for many on the streets of Victoria.

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