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 / Possibilités de collaborer aux recherches

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

La SCTR est heureuse d'offrir ce répertoire d'occasions pour les thérapeutes respiratoires de participer à des recherches menées par des institutions et des organisations réputées à l'extérieur de la SCTR. Chaque possibilité a été examinée par la SCTR pour s'assurer qu'elle est pertinente à la thérapie respiratoire, qu'elle a reçu l'approbation appropriée du comité d'éthique de la recherche et que toutes les informations et divulgations pertinentes sont fournies aux participants.

Vous voulez afficher une opportunité de recherche sur cette page? Messagerie électronique  csrt@csrt.com


Identifying Research Priorities for the Respiratory Therapy Profession in Canada (RPRT-Ca): A Modified Delphi Study
  • Principle investigator(s): Mika L. Nonoyama RRT, PhD & Marco Zaccagnini RRT-CCAA, MSc. PhD(c)

  • Sponsoring institution(s): Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT)

  • Purpose of the study or survey: The goal of the research study is to determine the practice orientated gaps and research priorities across the respiratory therapy profession.

  • Who can participate: A registered respiratory therapist with the respective provincial regulatory body in regulated jurisdictions, or with the CSRT elsewhere in Canada.

  • Participants’ role: We will use a survey method called the “Delphi Method” to get feedback on statements through a series of surveys. This study will involve three surveys, about 30 to 45 minutes in length, with the option to leave the survey and complete it later. We may contact you to ask you to complete additional surveys depending on the responses received in the first three surveys. The overall study will take about 1.5 to 2 hours (with additional time added if you choose to complete additional surveys).

  • Deadline to participate: Approximately March 2024

  • Benefits of participating: Our study is approved by the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) for Continuing Education (CE)/Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. Each survey is eligible for 1.0 CE/CPD credit, and the entire study is eligible for 3.0 CE/CPD credits.

  • Link for more information or to participate: https://redcap.link/RPRTCA

Perceptions of patient weight among health professionals working with individuals living with a spinal cord injury: Prevalence and qualitative experiences
  • Principle investigator: Dr. JoAnne Savoie
  • Sponsoring institution(s): Horizon Health Authority (New Brunswick)
  • Purpose of the study or survey: We are recruiting Healthcare providers to complete a survey on perceptions of weight and its management among individuals living with a spinal cord injury.
  • Who can participate: Health care professionals who provide care for individuals with spinal cord injuries.
  • Participants’ role: Participants will answer questions about weight perception and caring for individuals with spinal cord injuries and can be entered for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. The survey is completely anonymous and will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • Deadline to participate: January 31, 2024
  • Link for more information or to participate: https://tinyurl.com/35e74nzn
Barriers and Facilitators to Comfort Holding in Critically Ill Kids (CHiCKs): A survey of Healthcare Professionals in Canadian PICUs
  • Principle investigator (or person overseeing the survey): Dr. Kirsten Fiest, Laurie A. Lee
  • Sponsoring institution(s): University of Calgary
  • Purpose of the study or survey: To understand PICU Healthcare Provider preferences and perceived barriers and facilitators Comfort Holding of Critically Ill Children
  • Who can participate: All healthcare providers who provide care to children admitted to a PICU (RN, RT, MD, SW, CLS, PT, OT, etc.)
  • Participants’ role: To complete the Survey
  • Deadline to participate: February 2024
  • Link for more information or to participate: https://survey.ucalgary.ca/jfe/form/SV_eP9tA4vW6MneQvQ
Recognizing, Identifying and Supporting the Engagement of Youth Providing Care (Rise Up): A National & Ontario-focused Survey
  • Principle investigator (or person overseeing the survey): Dr. Karen Okrainec

  • Sponsoring institution(s): University Health Network

  • Purpose of the study or survey: Young carers are those between the ages of 15 and 24 and make up approximately 15% of all caregivers in Canada. However, very little attention has been paid to young carers in Canada. There is an obvious gap in the Canadian young carer-based research of the lived experience of caregiving among youth including how they engage with the health care system in their caring role. The purpose of this study is to understand the level of awareness healthcare providers have about young carers and the support they provide

  • Who can participate: Healthcare workers living in Canada, including respiratory therapists, physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists

  • Participants’ role: . If you decide to participate in the survey, you will answer different questions about how frequently you encounter young carers in your clinical role, what you see the caring roles of young carers as encompassing, and what resources can be used to support young carers. You will also be asked questions about your demographic information (age, gender, occupation, province/territory, etc.). There are no right or wrong answers. The survey is expected to take between 15 and 30 minutes. You may exit the survey at any point. 

  • Deadline to participate: January 2024

  • Link for more information or to participate:  https://redcap.link/ibpaz193

A survey of when to intubate in hypoxemic respiratory failure
  • Principle investigator (or person overseeing the survey): Christopher Yarnell

  • Sponsoring institution(s): Scarborough Health Research Institute

  • Purpose of the study or survey: To describe the influence of physiologic variables on the decision to intubate in hypoxemic respiratory failure.

  • Who can participate: Clinicians involved in the decision to intubate adults, including respiratory therapists

  • Participants’ role: Respond to the anonymous survey

  • Deadline to participate: December 31 2023

  • Link for more information or to participatecyarnell.shinyapps.io/WhenToIntubate/

Examining internal & external Influences leading to healthcare workerTurnover in ICUs: EXIT-ICU Study (provincial and national surveys)
  • Principle investigator: Dr. Vincent Lau
  • Sponsoring institution(s): Alberta Critical Care Strategic Clinical Network
  • Purpose of the study or survey: The primary aim of this research is to understand what factors have led healthcare workers to leave or consider leaving their positions in ICU since the COVID-19 pandemic. The study is being conducted by researchers at the University of Alberta (led by Dr. Vincent Lau)
  • Who can participate: RTs and non-RTs; Current or former ICU employees
  • Participants’ role:  Participate in a survey on reasons why people have chosen to leave or continue working in the ICU since the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Deadline to participate: December 31st, 2023
Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Oxygen Therapy Survey

Sponsoring institutions: Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Purposes of the study: This results from this survey will assist the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (CPFF) understand the needs of patients receiving oxygen in the community and guide the CPFF’s advocacy efforts in this regard.

Who can participate: Respiratory therapists working with patients receiving oxygen therapy in the community

Participants’ role: Complete a short online survey (approximately 10 minutes)

Deadline to participate: Ongoing

For more information or to participate: https://survey.sightx.io/426a303674af8e47c8fae208b3340706296b4b88d9f77cee3c4437ef0ecfaa27

Integrating Respiratory Therapy in Primary Care (IRTiPC): Respiratory Therapist in Primary Care setting: Mixed-method Pilot Research

Principle investigator:  Dr. Louise Chartrand

Sponsoring institutions: University of Manitoba, WRHA, and Shared Health/College of Rehabilitation Sciences- Respiratory Therapy

Purposes of the study: To study the effectiveness of adding RTs to chronic care management teams in a clinical setting and the impact of Covid-19 on the health of these RTs.

Who can participate: Respiratory Therapists working in primary care settings Patients who have seen an RT (diagnosed with chronic lung disease and/or mild COPD or Asthma)

Participants’ role: Attend a one-hour interview session with investigators of the project

Link for more information or to participatertresearch@umanitoba.ca