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INFORM Goal-Setting Workshop in June 2016
Continuing with our successful Goal Setting Workshops in June 2016 with over 90 Directors of Care, Managers, Educators and front-line staff in attendance, the INFORM team is preparing for the upcoming INFORM Support Workshop to be held in the first two weeks of November. INFORM investigators and staff have been busy developing workshop agendas, tools for participants, protocols for fidelity, and engaging Regional Coordinators for local planning. At the support workshops, participants will share team successes and identify barriers and challenges they encountered in achieving their goals.
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SNA: Connecting the dots

The Advice Seeking Network (SNA) project will be hosting three summits in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Halifax this Winter. The summits will summarize the study results and provide conclusions for stakeholders while identifying specific interventions and dissemination strategies utilizing network data, and future directions for the study. The summits will be attended by researchers, knowledge users, and representatives from long term care interest groups.
In conjunction with the Summit for the SNA project being held in Halifax in November, a meeting of RAI data users, and others interested in using RAI data, from across Atlantic Canada is being planned. The meeting aims to build capacity for TREC research initiatives in the Atlantic provinces.

We are also pleased to share that Erin McAfee, former SNA trainee at MSVU has started data collection for her thesis work that explores the smaller networks in the survey maps that are not connected or “isolated” from the main networks. She expects to complete data collection this fall.

Our new trainee 

SNA project welcomes Lauren MacEachern to the team as a trainee supported by NSHRF matching funds. Lauren is a second year graduate student in the Master of Arts in Family Studies and Gerontology program at Mount Saint Vincent University and will be supporting the project with knowledge translation activities, including the implementation of the Summit in Halifax. Her research interests include long-term care and dementia. Under the direction of TREC investigator Dr. Janice Keefe, Lauren’s thesis will involve a secondary data analysis of Advice Seeking Networks interview data to further analyze if the type of advice sought by leaders of long-term care facilities influences the mode of communication that is preferred.

Data unit plus one

Birtukan Adamu joined us in July in Edmonton as a new Data Analyst with TREC.  She holds a Master’s degree in Biostatistics from the University of Alberta. Prior to graduate studies in Alberta, Birtukan completed her Bachelor’s degree in Statistics and Computer Science and Master’s degree in Biostatistics from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. She previously worked as a Lecturer and Data Manager at Jimma University in Ethiopia. She and her husband have a 4 year old son and she enjoys swimming and listening to music in her spare time.

Goodbye and good luck to our Summer Students

We were sad to see our summer students go. We had a blast working with them. Their enthusiasm, energy, and thirst for knowledge revitalized the entire TREC team here in Edmonton. Thank you, and good luck to all of you in your future endeavours!
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New TREC Publications

Our new publications changing the stories in long term care in Canada.
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Making research results relevant and useable: Presenting complex organizational context data to non-research stakeholders in the nursing home setting

Estabrooks CA, Knopp-Sihota J, Cummings GG, Norton PG 
Worldviews on Evidenced-based Nursing

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Burnout in the nursing home health care aide:  A systematic review

Cooper SL, Carleton HL, Chamberlain SA, Cummings GG, Bambrick W, Estabrooks CA
Burnout Research

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Did you know?

The figure below is from our latest wave of data collection--TREC 2.0 Wave 1. It indicates the percentage of Allied Health Providers (Therapists, Social Workers, Dieticians, Pharmacists, etc.) and how long they have worked in their current role.

How long Allied Health Providers have worked in current role

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