Every year, PHC point-of-care staff have the opportunity to work with a mentor to develop a research proposal centered on their clinical practice through the Practice-Based Research Challenge.

In January, teams submitted their letters of intent to participate in the 12th annual challenge.

In March, 21 teams were selected to move forward to the workshop phase of the program where they learned basic research skills, how to write a formal research proposal, and worked closely with Patient Family Partners and mentors to develop their project ideas.

On June 28, you’re invited to join us virtually to watch the group of now 15 teams, present their projects in the hopes of securing approval and funding to carry out research in their areas of interest.

Event details​​

The event takes places from 8 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and you’re welcome to drop in and out of the call to attend the various presentations (see list below).

Meet the team leaders, their projects and see their presentation times

  • 8:10 a.m.—Zoe Esseiva, RN—Responding to challenging patient behaviours on inpatient medicine units: Interdisciplinary staffs’ experience using Behaviour Support Plans
  • 8:20 a.m.—Karen Tugwell, PT—Does Physiotherapy navigation to community resources improve arm function post-mastectomy? A pilot study
  • 8:30 a.m.—Naomi Watt, RN—What are the barriers to the SPH Overdose Prevention Site (OPS)? Exploring the perspective of inpatients.
  • 8:40 a.m.—Josie Mackey, RN and Laura Carroll, SW—Patient mentorship program in the Heart Transplant Clinic
  • 8:50 a.m.—Megan Patapoff, NP and Tracy Gwozd, NP —Evaluation of transitional care from complex cardiac surgery discharge to community
  • 9:00 a.m.—Lisa Maks, RN—Improving access to diabetes care: evaluation of a new clinic model to maximize the competencies of certified diabetes educators (IMPACT-DC)
  • 9:10 a.m.—Josephine Jung, Manager PHCRI and Lindsay Beck, Director Indigenous Wellness Team—Exploring tools, resources and training approaches with PHC REB members: towards creating an inclusive, safe, and empowering environment for meaningful research collaborations with local sovereign First Nations, Indigenous organizations, and Indigenous scholars, and patients
  • 9:20 a.m.—Iris Lopez Ramirez, RD—Exploring dietitians’ views, experiences, and knowledge gaps in cultural competency, cultural safety, and anti-racism: relevance to enhance patient care in a multicultural setting
  • 9:45 a.m.—Ishan Chaudhari, PharmD—Characterization of bisphosphonate prescribing post-hip fracture surgery in older adults
  • 9:55 a.m.—Erin Waters, RN—The safety and efficacy of sotrovimab in kidney post-transplant patients with COVID-19: a single centre experience
  • 10:05 a.m.—Hannah Tighe, RT—Examining cultural safety in clinical practice: a retrospective chart review
  • 10:15 a.m.—Leslie Achtem, RN—Learning from the perspectives of older adults with heart valve disease: insights of the use of virtual health
  • 10:25 a.m.—Farzana Rayani, NP—Experience of Foundry clients transitioning from specialized youth services to adult primary care
  • 10:35 a.m.—Sarah Cochrane, NP—Experiences of Indigenous youth accessing mental health care through primary care and psychiatry at two inner-city integrative community health centres
  • 10:45 a.m.—Paige Courtice, RD—Exploring the appropriateness of peripheral parental nutrition (PPN) in St. Paul’s Hospital: a retrospective chart review
  • The full program for the event has been posted online.

What’s next?

The presentations will be judged by a panel comprised of scientific and Patient and Family Partner reviewers. The winning teams will then be awarded up to $5000 in funding to conduct their research over an 18-month period, so stay tuned as we profile these incredible members of the PHC community as they continue on their research journey.

Want more information in the meantime? Checkout Professional Practice’s Research Challenge page or read more about one of the presenting teams.

Think you might like to participate in the program? Applications will open again in January 2023; stay up to date on Professional Practice’s Research Challenge page​ for all the details of how to apply.

Questions about the event? Please contact: