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Researchers are making a global impact

Oct 1, 2019

The Times Higher Education Impact announced this spring that McMaster University placed second in the world in its new international ranking that recognizes the impact universities are making in their own countries and on a global scale.

McMaster School of Nursing faculty are part of this global collaboration. The International Compendium, a McMaster online resource, allows readers to learn about these activities with a few clicks.

Projects featuring School of Nursing faculty members include:

Advanced Practice Nursing (APN): Activities and Strategy for Development in Latin America

RESEARCHERS: Ruta Valaitis, Denise Bryant-Lukosius , Andrea Baumann, Nancy Carter, Iris Mujica, Ruth Martin-Misener, Faith Donald, Nancy Murray

COUNTRIES: Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Switzerland, United States of America, Uruguay

SUMMARY: The School of Nursing and PAHO co-hosted a summit (2015) involving an international team of academics and WHO/PAHO leaders. We developed a strategy for APN role implementation in primary health care in Latin America and the Caribbean to address health services gaps. With U.S. Collaborating Centres, we hosted a six-part international webinar series on APN implementation; hosted 2 Chilean professors (2017), produced two articles and participated on a Pan American Colloquium panel (Mexico), and a working group to develop nurse practitioner competencies for primary health care in Latin America.

Aid when there is “nothing left to offer”: A study of ethics & palliative care during international humanitarian action (EPC-IHA) — Case Study #2: Jordan.

RESEARCHER: Olive Wahoush


SUMMARY: The purpose of the study is to inform practice guidelines for service providers serving refugees who need end of life care as they have no options for treatment for their illness or injury. The study includes information about the context of palliative/end of life care in Jordan. Information has been collected from refugees living in a refugee camp and others living in urban settings as well as their local care providers. Interviews with Jordanian community members needing end of life care and foreign service providers serving refugees and other priority communities are in progress.

Building Capacity for Teaching Qualitative Health Research Methods in Italy



Providing mentorship to the Italian Centre for Evidence-Based Practice, University of Bologna, Italy, to provide graduate level education in qualitative health research methods. Every two years this course is offered to Masters level students enrolled in the "Master EBP e Metodologia della ricerca clinico-assistenziale". As a faculty member, I teach in this course, provide mentorship to other faculty and support Italian students develop qualitative thesis protocols. Several Italian students have subsequently completed research/clinical practice at McMaster.

Resuscitation and First Aid Systematic Reviews Unit

RESEARCHERS: Parminder Raina, Diana Sherifali, Donna Fitzpatrick Lewis

COUNTRIES: Canada, United States

SUMMARY: In partnership with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) and the American Heart Association, the McMaster Evidence Review and Synthesis Centre is conducting a complex and comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis to develop new guidelines for resuscitation.

The SMArTVIEW, CoVeRed: TecHnology Enabled monitoring and Self-MAnagemenT – Vision for patient EmpoWerment following Cardiac and VasculaR surgery

RESEARCHERS: Michael McGillion, PJ Devereaux, Sandra L Carroll, Andre Lamy, Carley Ouellette, Shaunattonie Henry, David Cowan, John Lee, Jason Busse, Michael Stacey, Joy MacDermid, Lehana Thabane

COUNTRIES: Canada, United Kingdom

SUMMARY: Thousands of seniors in Canada and United Kingdom have cardiac and vascular surgeries each year. Once patients are out of intensive care and on the hospital ward, their vital signs are only checked every 4 hours. Consequently, we miss thousands of cases wherein patients’ vital signs deteriorate, leading to heart attack, stroke and other events. SMArTVIEW is designed so that vital signs can be monitored in hospital continuously, and at home with wireless automatic technology. SMArTVIEW also links seniors directly with nurses from the hospital so they can be supported while recovering at home.

Link to the online resource: International Compendium

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