CSRT and Research


CSRT Research Grant Fund

parallax background


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.)
parallax background


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
parallax background


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!
parallax background


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
RESTORE (Recovering from Extreme Stressors Through Online Resources and E-health)

  • Principal investigators: Kathryn Trottier,Ph.D., C.Psych
  • Sponsoring institutions: University Health Network
  • Purpose of the study: RESTORE: Recovering from Extreme Stressors Through Online Resources and E-health is a self-directed online intervention designed to improve the health and well-being of individuals who have had extremely stressful experiences related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers at University Health Network (UHN) are now recruiting for our first RESTORE research study. This is a voluntary research study that is assessing the potential helpfulness of this online intervention.
  • Who Can Participate: The study is open to any Canadian healthcare worker, first responder, or armed forces member who:

    • Experienced an extremely stressful situation in the course of their work during the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., working in higher risk for COVID-19 infection environments or situations, working in an area with a COVID-19 outbreak, an experience that involved having to go against your values or what you believed to be right OR someone else went against what you believed to be right)
    • Is experiencing stress responses such as anxiety, low mood, irritability, or bothersome memories, thoughts or feelings about what happened.
  • Participants’ Role: Participation will involve completing a brief online assessment to confirm eligibility, completing several online modules over a 1- to 2-month period, direct messaging and/or a small number of brief phone calls with study staff who will guide you in using the online program, and completion of questionnaires about stress responses at several time points during the study.
  • For more information: Go to www.restoreonline.ca to learn more.
  • To participate: www.restoreonline.ca and click on sign-up to start the consent and eligibility process.

HCW experience of COVID-19 related Moral Injury (Respiratory Therapists)

  • Principal investigators: Dr. Margaret McKinnon
  • Sponsoring institutions: McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
  • Purpose of the study: The understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on respiratory therapists’ mental health.
  • Who Can Participate: Respiratory therapists and respiratory therapy students who provided care to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Participants’ Role: Participants will have the option to complete a survey and interview (total estimated time 90 -120 minutes), or to complete just the survey (estimated time 60 minutes)
  • Deadline: To be determined
  • For more information: Fatima Foster RRT,CRE Co-Investigator, ffoster@stjoes.ca

A Novel Point of Care Ultrasound Curriculum Development for Canada’s Respiratory Therapists

  • Principal investigators: Dr Kim Lewis and Kelly Hassall RRT, FCSRT
  • Sponsoring institutions: : St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Professional Advisory Committee Research Grant
  • Purpose of the study: RTs across Canada have begun to incorporate Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) in their daily practice to insert US-guided arterial lines, and use lung US to aid in their assessment of the patient’s respiratory status. As with any tool, there is a risk of causing more harm than benefit with inadequate training. Given that there are no published guidelines or curriculum for RTs that practice in Canada, it is timely and imperative that a curriculum be developed to ensure standardized training and competency across the province. Herein, we propose to create the first Canadian RT PoCUS curriculum. We are inviting Canadian RTs to assist us with a systematic needs assessment by completing the following short survey about the use of PoCUS within their clinical practice.
  • Who Can Participate: Respiratory Therapists (GRTs, SRTs, RRTs, RRT and CC-AAs) practicing in Canada
  • Participants’ Role: Complete Anonymous Survey
  • Deadline: April 30, 2021
  • For more information or to participate: Survey Monkey
  • For any questions: Kelly Hassall

Teamwork Characteristics in Different Healthcare Environments

  • Principal investigators:Dr. Ian Mackenzie Wishart MD FRCP CCFP
  • Sponsoring institutions: University of Calgary
  • Purpose of the study: The purpose of this research study is to explore healthcare provider perspectives of teamwork interactions across different healthcare environments.  By collecting teamwork stories from a cross-sectional sample of healthcare providers across multiple professions we aim to add to the current understanding of how health professionals conceptualize their patient care experiences relative to existing teamwork principles and frameworks. A key focus area is the contextual features of teamwork interactions across different healthcare practice areas. The analysis of the collected perspectives will inform the development future teamwork training initiatives for healthcare students and providers.
  • Who Can Participate: Healthcare providers
  • Participants’ Role: Participants will share a brief story that illustrates their teamwork experience and answer some follow-up survey questions (20-30 minutes)
  • Deadline: April 5, 2021
  • For more information: irina.charania2@ucalgary.ca
  • To participate, please visit: https://bit.ly/Teamwork-SenseMaker

COVID-19 Cohort Study (CCS): Study of the epidemiology of COVID-19 in healthcare workers and their households

  • Principal investigators: Drs. Allison McGeer & Brenda Coleman (Sinai Health & University of Toronto)
  • Sponsoring institutions: COVID-19 Immunity Task Force. The study has been approved by the REB at all participating hospitals.
  • Purpose of the study: The goals of this study are to identify risk and protective factors for infection; to assess whether some hospital staff are at higher risk than others (e.g., respiratory therapists); to estimate the incidence of symptomatic and asymptomatic infection; to determine immune responses over time by assessing antibody levels in blood; to describe the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines; and to describe the psychological impact of working in healthcare during the pandemic
  • Who Can Participate: Respiratory therapists, physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives, physicians’ assistants, nurses, receptionists, or other healthcare workers working in participating hospitals in Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, and Halifax or in private medical practices/clinics in the greater Toronto area. They need to be 18-75 years of age, have convenient access to computer or phone with internet access, and plan to be working for at least the next 3 months
  • Participants’ Role: Participants will complete an online questionnaire when they join the study and questionnaires every week and when they are ill or tested for COVID-19. Also,self-collect blood samples at various points over the year-long study. Roles vary slightly depending on the site (Toronto vs other cities and hospital vs private clinic). Check out the website for details.
  • Deadline: June 1, 2021
  • Visit: http://www.tibdn.ca/covid-19/ccs202
    If you have any questions about the study, please email the study office at covid.study@sinaihealth.ca or call the office at 416-294-6383 (during business hours)

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)

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.)