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Kathryn Fisher

Bio

Dr. Fisher's  role in McMaster’s School of Nursing involves active participation in shaping the undergraduate nursing curriculum as it relates to the health sciences and evidence-informed decision making (EIDM). ​Her goal is to ensure currency, scientific integrity, accuracy and rigour in all courses within the health sciences portfolio. She routinely collaborates with instructors and administrators to integrate health science courses with other courses in the undergraduate program.  

Select Publications

  • Williams, N., Guthrie, D., Fisher, K., Davidson, J., Griffith, L. A Deterioration in Hearing is Associated with Functional and Cognitive Impairments, Difficulty with Communication and Greater Health Instability. Accepted January 3, 2018. Journal of Applied Gerontology. 
  • Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Fraser, K. Fisher, K., Bartholomew, A., Griffith, L.G., Miklavcic, J., Gafni, A., Thabane, L., Upshur, R. Community Program Improves Quality of Life and Self-Management in Older Adults with Diabetes and Comorbidity. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2017. DOI: 10.1111/jgs.15173. 
  • Duggleby, W., Ploeg, J., McAiney, C., Fisher, K., Swindle, J., Chambers, T., Ghosh, S., Peackock, S., Markle-Reid, M., Triscott, J. Study Protocol: pragmatic randomized control trial of an internet-based intervention (My tools 4 care) for family carers. BMC Geriatrics. 2017. Volume 17, Article 181. DOI: 10.1186/s12877-017-0581-6. 
  • Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Fraser, K.D., Fisher, K.A., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Bartholomew, A., Gafni, A., Gruneir, A., Hirst, S.P., Kaasalainen, S., Kelly-Stradiotto, C., Miklavcic, J., Rojas-Fernandez, C., Sadowski, C., Thabane, L., Triscott, J., Upshur, R. The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit – Community Partnership Program for Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes and Multiple Chronic Conditions and their Family Caregivers: Study Protocol for a Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. Trials. 2017. 18:55. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-017-1795-9. 
  • Fisher, K., Griffith, L., Gruneir, A., Panjwani, D., Gandhi, S., Sheng, L., Gafni, A., Patterson, C., Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J. (2016). “Comorbidity and its relationship with health service use and cost in community-living older adults with diabetes: A population-based study in Ontario, Canada.” Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 122: 113-123. 
  • Griffith, L., Gruneir, A., Fisher, K., Panjwani, D., Gandhi, S., Sheng, L., Gafni, A., Patterson, C., Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J. (2016). “Patterns of health service use in community living older adults with dementia and comorbid conditions: a population based retrospective cohort study in Ontario, Canada.” BMC Geriatrics. 16:177. DOI: 10.1186/s12877-016-0351-x. 
  • Gruneir, A., Griffith, L., Fisher, K., Panjwani, D., Gandhi, S., Sheng, L., Gafni, A., Patterson, C., Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J. (2016). “Increasing comorbidity and health services utilization in older adults with prior stroke.” Neurology. 87: 1-8.
  • Fisher, K.A., Newbold, K. B., Simone, D., Eckel, L. (2016). “Rural Lifestyle, Chronic Illness and an Old Order Mennonite Community. Journal of Mennonite Studies. 34, 123-150.
  • Freeman, S., Frise Smith, T., Neufeld, E., Fisher, K., Ebihara, S. (2016). “The wish to die among palliative home care clients in Ontario, Canada: a cross-sectional study”. BMC Palliative Care. 15:24. doi: 10.1186/s12904-016-0093-8. 
  • Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Fisher, K., Reimer, H., Kaasalainen, S., Gafni, A., Gruneir, A., Kirkconnell, R., Marzouk, S., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Thabane, L., Rojas-Fernandes, C., Upshur, R. (2016). “The Aging and Community Health Research Unit – Community Partnership Program for Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes and Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Feasibility Study”. Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 2:24. doi: 10.1186/s40814-016-0063-1.

Honours

2012    The Jan W. DeGrijs Ontario Graduate Scholarship Award. School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University.

1990    Top Graduate Student Award. Planning Program, Department of Geography, University of Toronto.

1984    Donald J. Clough Award for Superior Scholarship in an Engineering Graduate Program, Department of Management Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo. 

Grants

2017-Present   Disability Associated with Multimorbidity and Mental Health Conditions: A  Cross-sectional Analysis of Population-Based Data. I am the PI, CoIs – L. Griffith, A. Gruneir, J. Ploeg, M. Markle-Reid. Source: CIHR Catalyst Grant - $70,000 (1 year)

2016-Present   A pragmatic effectiveness-implementation trial to evaluate a hospital-to-home transitional care intervention compared to usual care for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and depression (Co-PIs - Markle-Reid, M., McCainey, C., Co-Is –Price, D., Valaitis, Vr., Ploeg, J., Fisher, K., Kates, N., Lavis, J., Thabane, L.), Funding Source: IMPACT Award – Home and Community Care, Amount - $1 million

2016-Present   Utilization of Health and Community Support Services among Alzheimer Society Caregivers and Individuals in the Early Stages of Dementia (PI – McCainey, C., Co-Is:  Markle-Reid, M., Gafni, A., Harvey, D., Burnett, M.). My Role: Statistician, Funding Sources: Alzheimer Society, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care

2016-Present   Development of Quality Indicators for Palliative Care (PI – Guthrie, D. Co-Is: Seow, H.,  Fisher, K., Hirdes, J., DeClerq, A., Funding Source: CIHR, Amount - $100,000

Courses

Undergraduate 

2015-Present:   Introduction to Statistics for Nursing (McMaster University, School of Nursing, HTH SCI 2S03), Instructor

2014-Present:  Introduction to Nursing Research (McMaster University, School of Nursing, HTH SCI 4NR3), Instructor/Tutor

2015-Present:  Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (McMaster University, School of Nursing, HTH SCI 3C04), Instructor/Tutor

2014: Professional Community Nursing Practice (McMaster University, School of Nursing, N3QQ3), Instructor/Tutor

Presentations

Invited 

  • Fisher, K. & Salerno, J. (April 19 2018). Invited Speakers. Assessing and Planning for Scaling Up of Healthcare Interventions. Canada Research Chair Seminar Series, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.
  • Chang, K., Fisher, K, & Gannan, R. (February 10 2017). Invited Speakers. Pragmatic RCTs and Using the Precis-2 Tool in Clinical Trial Design. ACHRU Seminar Series, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. 
  • Fisher, K. & Valaitis, R. (November 15 2015). Invited Speakers. Evaluating the Implementation of Complex Interventions: Frameworks, Measures and Experiences from a Range of Studies. Canada Research Chair Seminar Series, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. 

Contributed 

  • Landeen, J., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Chen, R., Fisher, K., Jewiss, T., Kirkpatrick, H., Lunyk Child, O., Martin, L., Pierazzo, J., Wahoush, O., Bloemendal, J., Ragnannan, A. 2018. Using an historical lens to examine the creation, evaluation, dissemination, and impact of educational innovations. Accepted for presentation at NETNEP 2018: 7th International Nursing Education Conference. May 6-9, 2018, Banff, AB.
  • Fisher, K., Kanters, D., Griffith, L., Pajwani, D., Patterson, C., Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Gruneir, A. Comorbidity and health service use in stroke survivors stratified by age and sex. 2017 Annual Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) Conference. Toronto, ON. Oral Presentation, May, 2017.
  • Griffith, L, Fisher, K., Ploeg, J., & Markle-Reid, M. Comparison of self-report vs. administrative data in defining multimorbidity. 2017 Annual Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) Conference. Toronto, ON. Poster Presentation, May, 2017.
  • Zoratti, M., Fisher, K., Griffith, L., & Guthrie, D. Home care clients with a stroke diagnosis in Ontario have increased limitations with communication and ADLs. 2017 Annual Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) Conference. Toronto, ON. Poster Presentation, May, 2017.
  • McCainey, C.A., Markle-Reid, M., Gafni, A., Fisher, K., Harvey, D., Burnett, M. (2016). Utilization of Health and Community Support Services Among Alzheimer Society Caregivers and Individuals in the Early Stages of Dementia. Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Poster Presentation, July 18, 2016.
  • Fisher, K., Griffith, L, Gruneir, A., Panjwani, D, Sheng, L., Patterson, C (2016). Concerns with Current Definitions of Multimorbidity: Results from an Expert Panel. Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) Conference, Poster Presentation, May 11 2016.
  • Griffith, L., Fisher, K., Gruneir, A., Panjwani, D, Sheng, L., Patterson, C. (2016). Patterns of Health Service Use in Community Living Older Adults with Dementia, Diabetes or Stroke in the Context of Comorbidity: Lessons Learned from Three Retrospective Cohort Studies in Ontario, Canada. Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) Conference, Oral Presentation, May 12 2016. [Selected as one of top five rated abstracts, presented at ‘Rapid Fire Abstracts’ Summary Session on May 12 2016] 
  • Kanters, D., Amanda, A., Fisher, K., Griffith, L. (2016). Multimorbidity Prevalence and Patterns in Ontario Older Adults Receiving Home Care Services. Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) Conference, Oral Presentation, May 12 2016. 
  • Williams, N., Guthrie, D., Fisher, K., Griffith, L, Davidson, J. (2016). A Deterioration in Hearing Increases the Risk of Communication Difficulties and Health Instability Among Ontario Home Care Clients. World interRAI Conference. April 11-April 14, 2016. Toronto Ontario. Poster Presentation.

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