New Patient Partner Opportunities

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The MSSU is looking for patients and caregivers to partner on a number of research projects:

  • Healthcare in a Climate Crisis 
  • Current Management and Health Care Quality for Patients with Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Scoping Review of Harm Reduction Strategies in Hospitals

For more information or to apply for these opportunities, contact Caroline Jose, MSSU Health and Patient Engagement Researcher, at caroline.jose@umoncton.ca


Healthcare in a Climate Crisis: Surveying Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Moving to a High Quality, Low Carbon System

Researchers at the Healthy Populations Institute are conducting a project to survey the attitudes and level of knowledge regarding the current state and future development of sustainable, low-carbon care amongst Nova Scotians. The researchers are seeking two Patient Partners with experience as patients in a hospital or infirmary setting. Patient Partners would be involved with the development of the survey questions to be delivered to patients province-wide, with these materials possibly being disseminated for a survey with a wider scale at a later date. This would involve communication with HPI’s Research Coordinator.

Deadline to apply: Open until filled

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Current Management and Health Care Quality for Patients with Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis

Dr. Rebecca Moyer and Dr. Cheryl Kozey are leading a research project examining the relationships between sociodemographic factors, medication use, physical activity and associated healthcare utilization between individuals with and without osteoarthritis. This information will enhance our understanding of the role of physical activity in the current management and function of individuals with osteoarthritis in Atlantic Canada. This project has 3 phases.

Patient Partners interested in this opportunity and living in Nova Scotia could be involved in different phases of the project, and as early as the funding proposal in the third phase. The level of engagement is not determined yet but will be assessed in collaboration with interested Patient Partners as soon as they express their interest to be part of this research team. The team seeks to have several Patient Partners reflecting the diversity of the osteoarthritis community in Nova Scotia.

Deadline to apply: June 30, 2021

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Scoping Review of Harm Reduction Strategies in Hospitals

Harm reduction, an integral part of the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, refers to various methods and interventions that provide alternatives to drug abstinence for individuals that cannot or do not want to stop substance use. The use of harm reduction strategies in in-patient settings, such as hospitals, remains low. MSSU Evidence Synthesis Coordinator, Leah Boulos, is leading a scoping review to examine scope of harm reduction strategies available and the barriers and enablers to their implementation within in-patient settings.

Patients Partners can be involved in various aspects of the project, including reviewing the research questions, the methodology, and in interpreting the results and disseminating the findings.

Deadline to apply: Open until filled

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