CSRT and Research


CSRT Research Grant Fund

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Supports for Research

Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy Research Toolkit

Interested in how to better understand scientific manuscripts or keep up-to-date with research in your field? Looking for tips and tools to approach your first research project? This toolkit provides a variety of research-related resources for RTs in all roles at all levels

CSRT webinar: “Getting Published”

This webinar describes the difference between knowledge dissemination and knowledge translation, outlines the importance of publishing as a means of building our own body of RT-related knowledge, compares and contrasts publishing formats, includes tips on preparing your manuscript, and will help you understand the steps of the publication process. (Member login required.)
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Links to CSRT publications

Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy (CJRT)

The official journal of the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists, the CJRT is a peer-reviewed, open access, PubMed-indexed journal. This journal also provides opportunities for respiratory therapists to participate as peer reviewers.

CSRT Position Statements

The CSRT is pleased to provide a range of evidence-informed position statements
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CSRT Research

As a champion of evidence-informed practice, the CSRT actively supports research that contributes to the care provided to individuals, families and communities across Canada. The CSRT is proud to partner with researchers across Canada on the following research projects:
Understanding and managing the effects of COVID-19 restricted visitation policies

  • Principal investigator(s): Dr. Kirsten Fiest and a pan-Canadian team of researchers
  • Sponsoring institution(s): University of Calgary through a Canadian Institutes of Health Research COVID-19 Operating Grant
  • Funding:$300 000 CIHR research grant
  • Purpose of the study: To understand healthcare professionals’ experiences with COVID-19 restricted visitation policies and their perception of the approaches to mitigate these impacts on families and healthcare providers of critically ill patients, and strategies to address barriers to implementation.
  • Who Can Participate: Members of the ICU care team, patients or families who experienced restricted visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Participants’ Role: (e.g. participate in a survey or interview): Participate in a 30-minute semi-structured interview via phone, Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Skype
  • Deadline: August 31, 2020
  • For more information or to participate: (link to study site or investigators’ contact info): Karla Krewulak (kkrewula@ucalgary.ca)
Developing a Framework to Explore the Value Added by Respiratory Therapists to Healthcare in Alberta

  • Researcher(s): Roberta Dubois, Rena Sorenson, Tracey Tolenko, Andrew West, Bryan Buell
  • Sponsoring institution(s): Alberta Health Services, Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists, College of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta
  • Purpose of the study: There is an emerging need for knowledge that can inform practice in the profession of respiratory therapy. Not only would this knowledge serve to inform practice trends, there also exists a political imperative to have access related data to meet the needs of healthcare administrators, governments, and funding bodies. This ongoing initiative is aims to examine the value of the RT profession in the Canadian health care system.
  • For more information : Contact csrt@csrt.com
Creating a Living Knowledge Translation Agenda to Improve the Delivery of Evidence-based Care in Adult Critical Care Medicine

  • Researcher(s): Dr. Daniel Nivens, and an interprofessional team of national experts
  • Sponsoring institution(s): University of Calgary
  • Funding: CIHR grant for $394,000
  • Purpose of the study: This initiative aims to leverage provincial and national critical care infrastructure to establish a living, evidence-based, data-driven, stakeholder-created KT agenda that will be used by the Critical Care Strategic Clinical Network to transform clinical care in Alberta ICUs, and be scaled by our national partners for spread and contextualization to other ICUs throughout Canada.
  • For more information : Contact csrt@csrt.com
CSRT Systematic and Integrative Review Initiative (SIRI)

SIRI is a CSRT course where learners complete a practice informing systematic review that answers an important clinical question. SIRI incorporates a 13-week fully online course in systematic and integrative review with practical experience in completing a review. Learners benefit from the support of an experienced mentor. The first SIRI cohort are in the process of writing their systematic reviews. Stay tuned for their final product!
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Opportunities to Participate in Research

The CSRT is pleased to provide this repository of opportunities for respiratory therapists to participate in research being conducted by reputable institutions and organizations outside of the CSRT. Each opportunity has been reviewed by the CSRT to ensure it is relevant to respiratory therapy, has received appropriate REB approval and that all relevant information and disclosures are provided to participants.

Interested in having a research opportunity posted here? E-mail csrt@csrt.com
The Pediatric Mechanical Ventilation in Canada (PeMViC) Study : A Delphi Survey of Pediatric Mechanical Ventilation Practices by Canadian Respiratory Therapists

  • Principal investigators: Mika L. Nonoyama, RRT, PhD; Shirley Quach, RRT, MHSc(c)
  • Sponsoring institutions: Hospital for Sick Children, Ontario Tech University
  • Purpose of the study: To create Canadian mechanical ventilation recommendations for critically ill children, based on the expertise of experienced respiratory therapists
  • Who Can Participate: Registered respiratory therapists with five or more years’ and leadership experience (e.g. charge, team leader, practice lead, educator, supervisor, manager, mentor, orientating new staff, revising/creating policies/procedures/ practice guidelines) working in a Canadian pediatric intensive care unit
  • Participants’ Role: Participate in three online surveys, each taking approximately 30-45 minutes
    (Completion of these surveys has been approved for CSRT CE/CPD credits. Participants will also receive a gift certificate and participation certificate.)
  • Deadline: The timelines for survey completion will be determined upon identification of study participants.
  • For more information or to participate: Contact Dr. Mika L. Nonoyama (416-813-7654, ext. 228064; mika.nonoyama@sickkids.ca, or mika.nonoyama@ontariotechu.ca) or Shirley Quach (Shirley.quach@sickkids.ca)

Moral Distress and Well-Being in Health Care Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Principal investigator: J. Don Richardson, MD, FRCPC
  • Sponsoring institution: MacDonald Franklin OSI Research Centre
  • Purpose of the study: On the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic are health care workers, who are uniquely responsible for mitigating its impact on the community. Many health care workers may now be working under extreme stress, and may also be at a high risk of encountering difficult moral-ethical dilemmas (e.g., tending to patients without adequate personal protective equipment). It is necessary to provide a voice to health care workers and document the moral distress, well-being, and overall health care delivery experiences in the wake of COVID-19.)
  • Who Can Participate: Health care workers who worked in a Canadian health care facility during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Participants’ Role: Participants will complete an online research questionnaire. Optional follow-up online questionnaires will be presented every three months for 18 months (lasting 10-25 minutes each).
  • Deadline: Recruitment will remain open until December 2020.
  • For more information or to participate: https://redcap.lawsonresearch.ca/surveys/?s=CWHHJAXF8Y

Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions on Care in Canadian ICUs

  • Principal investigators: Dr. Sabira Valiani
  • Sponsoring institutions: University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine Dean’s Summer Research Project & Undergraduate Student Research Assistantship
  • Purpose of the study: The aim of the survey is to understand the impact of visitor restrictions on patient family and healthcare provider perceptions of care in Canadian ICUs during COVID-19 and to explore solutions and inform planning for the future. This study has been approved by the University of Saskatchewan Behavioural Research Ethics Board (Application ID: 1955)
  • Who Can Participate: Healthcare Providers in the ICU
  • Participants’ Role: (e.g. participate in a survey or interview) Participate in a survey which will take approximately 10 minutes of their time. Optional follow up interview.
  • Deadline: June 4, 2021
  • For more information or to participate: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/9FFK72F202(This survey can be completed online by clicking the link on any computer or electronic device.)

Provider survey for patients that are directly discharged home from the ICUs (PROVIDER-DISH)

  • Principal investigators: Dr. Eric Sy, Intensivist ,Dr. Jonathan Mailman, Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Dr. Vincent Lau, Intensivist
  • Sponsoring institutions: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • Purpose of the study: To evaluate the satisfaction and comfort level of health care providers for patients who have been directly discharged home from ICU or transferred out of the ICU
  • Who Can Participate: Healthcare providers
  • Participants’ Role: participate in online survey
  • Deadline: December 31, 2020
  • For more information or to participate: See Links and Contact info below

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Priority Setting Partnership

  • Principal investigators: Donna Goodridge, RN, Ph.D.
  • Sponsoring institutions: University of Saskatchewan
  • Purpose of the study: To establish a list of research priorities and guide knowledge translation efforts for patients, caregivers and clinicians
  • Who Can Participate: Respiratory therapists working with people with obstructive sleep apnea
  • Participants’ Role: Participants are asked to complete ashort survey to select and rank their priorities from a list of 39 questions that remain unanswered or only partially answered in the scientific literature (2-5 minutes)
  • Deadline: December 7, 2020
  • For more information or to participate: https://tinyurl.com/saskosa