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


Monitoring Respiratory Effort during invasive mechanical ventilation (MoRE): a multinational survey of current clinical practice
  • Principal investigator: Dr Idunn Morris and A/Prof Ewan Goligher
  • Sponsoring institutions: University Health Network and University of Toronto, Toronto.
  • Purpose of the study: The objective of the survey is to collect information on practices and attitudes with respect to monitoring respiratory effort and respiratory drive in critically ill patients receiving invasive mechanical ventilation.
  • Who Can Participate: Any respiratory therapist, nurse, physiotherapist or medical doctor that routinely titrates invasive mechanical ventilation as part of their clinical duties (internationally)
  • Participants’ Role: Completion of a brief (5-minute) online anonymous survey. Your participation in the survey will remain anonymous and entirely voluntary. Participation in the survey is taken to imply consent for collection of your submitted data.
  • Deadline to participate: 28th February 2023
  • For more information or to participate: https://external.redcap.uhn.ca/surveys/?s=A3JKCAL4CLJWWCPW


COVID-related Burnout
  • Principal investigator: Morgan Newton, Masters Degree candidate, UT Health San Antonio Respiratory Care Program; Co-Investigator Ruben Restrepo, Full Professor with Tenure at UT Health San Antonio.
  • Sponsoring institutions: University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio (AKA UT Health San Antonio).
  • Purpose of the study: This survey seeks to determine to what extent healthcare workers were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and discover better ways to evaluate the mental health of healthcare workers affected by a pandemic.
  • Who Can Participate: Any healthcare workers that have provided care to patients with SARS-CoV-2. This includes but is not limited to respiratory therapists, respiratory therapy students, physicians, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical therapists, kinesiologists, fellows, interns, and healthcare students).
  • Participants’ Role: Participants will complete an anonymous short survey (approximately 5 minutes).
  • Deadline to participate: Ongoing
  • For more information or to participate: https://forms.gle/PkQ43zjMNNv7az2q8
  • Morgan Newton newtonm1@livemail.uthscsa.edu
  • Ruben Restrepo restrepor@uthscsa.edu
  • 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)


Les incivilités au bloc opératoire
  • Chercheurs principaux:Dr Julien Raft, MD; Pr Hervé Bouaziz, MD, PhD; Pr Philippe Richebé MD, PhD
  • Institutions parrainant la recherche:Société Française d’Anesthésie Réanimation, Société canadienne des anesthésiologistes
  • But de l'étude :Une incivilité est définie comme un manquement aux règles du comportement en société. Les incivilités peuvent être présentes même dans un milieu où soigner est une priorité. Il n’existe à ce jour pas d’évaluation formalisée concernant le retentissement de ce phénomène au bloc opératoire. Il s'agit d'une enquête internationale soutenue par la Société Française d'Anesthésie Réanimation (SFAR) et ayant eu un accord pour diffusion par la Société Canadienne des Anesthésiologistes (CAS). Cette enquête va réaliser l’état des lieux du retentissement des incivilités au bloc opératoire. Que vous aillez été victime ou non, témoin ou non, votre participation est importante.
  • Qui peut participer:Ce questionnaire s’adresse à l’ensemble des acteurs de l’anesthésie (médecin, interne, infirmière, inhalothérapeute, élève) travaillant au bloc opératoire.
  • Date limite de participation: En cours
  • Pour plus d'informationsj.raft@nancy.unicancer.fr
  • Pour participer :https://forms.gle/jErA7a87QYiZf88f8


Incivility in the Operating Room
  • Principal investigators: Dr Julien Raft, MD Pr Hervé Bouaziz, MD, PhD Pr Philippe Richebé MD, PhD
  • Sponsoring institutions: Société Française d’Anesthésie Réanimation, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society
  • Purpose of the study: Incivility is defined as a breach of the rules of behavior in society. Incivility can be present even in an environment where caring is a priority. To date, there is no formal evaluation of the impact of this phenomenon in the operating room. This is an international survey supported by the Société Française d'Anesthésie Réanimation (SFAR) and having had an agreement for distribution by the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS). This survey will take stock of the impact of incivility in the operating room. Whether you are a victim or not, a witness or not, your participation is important. Who Can Participate: This survey is intended for all professionals of anesthesia (MD, resident, nurse, respiratory therapist) working in an operating room.
  • Participants’ Role: Complete Anonymous Survey
  • Deadline: Ongoing For more information:
  • Email j.raft@nancy.unicancer.fr
  • To participate: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeviSIdJ0wU6MGzBR8oO_J9CWS36uIbgdGsvFHJxrVmz1RsiQ/viewform
  • Carolyn McCoy (pronouns: she, her; pronom: elle) Director of Accreditation and Professional Practice Services Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists 201-2460 Lancaster Road Ottawa, ON K1B 4S5 1-800-267-3422 (ext: 226) www.csrt.com


A Novel Point of Care Ultrasound Curriculum Development for Canada’s Respiratory Therapists
  • 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: Ongoing.
  • 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)