May 2015 Click here for PDF version
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TREC in the Media

Upcoming Events

Project Updates

Meet the TREC Team

New Publications

TREC In the Media

Our recent publication published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association has been getting some media attention. The paper titled "Dying in a nursing home: Treatable Symptom Burden and its Link to Modifiable Features of Work Context" is from our "Trajectories" research project. Carole has been on a number of television and radio shows talking about what the study findings mean for Canadians.

Some of local and national coverage included:

  • CTV Edmonton's News at 5
  • CTV's Alberta Prime Time
  • CBC Radio 1's Radio Active
Dr Estabrooks on CTV's Alberta Prime Time
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Upcoming Events

TMS Feedback/SCOPE Training Camp

A training camp for our Regional Project Coordinators to learn about the upcoming TMS Feedback and SCOPE projects.

Control Chart Workshop with Dr Michael Murray

TREC is hosting a workshop for individuals interested in the use of control charts to understand variation in data collected over time.


Annual General Meeting

TREC will hold its AGM on June 4-5, 2015. Invitations have already been sent out.

Project Updates

TREC Measurement System

The TREC Measurement System (TMS) is a longitudinal observational study that explores the strength of linkages between work environment, best practice use, and nursing home resident outcomes using staff survey data and RAI-MDS 2.0 data. The purpose of this study is to discover ways to improve quality of care and quality of life for residents and the quality of work life for care providers.

We are pleased to announce that we have now recruited all 91 nursing homes into the study. We have collected data in 88 facilities so far, and have completed over 4030 computer assisted surveys with health care aides.

We want to say thank you to all the facilities and front line staff who are participating in this study!


Advice Seeking Networks in Long Term Care

This study is identifying existing advice seeking networks among care homes in the four western, four Atlantic provinces and the three northern provinces/territories. Nursing home leaders from nearly 1000 facilities are being asked to complete a short online survey which collects information on who leaders look to for advice on running nursing home facilities.

Data collection is complete in Atlantic Canada and currently active in the four Western Provinces and the north until the beginning of May. Work is underway to develop network maps for the Atlantic region. We are planning to host focus groups with decision makers which will help us better understand the maps and connections.

Survey response rate


Safer Care for Older Persons (in residential) Environments (SCOPE) is a quality improvement intervention study. It is designed to assess the effectiveness of a facilitation intervention on the use of best practices and on relevant staff and resident outcomes.

The SCOPE project is gearing up to begin recruiting nursing homes. The intervention will be run in 36 nursing homes across British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba. Researchers and staff are busy preparing the intervention material and finalizing ethics approvals.

Number of nursing homes to be recruited in SCOPE from each region

Meet the TREC Team

Regional Coordinators

The TREC Regional Coordinators along with our Regional Lead Investigators keep things running smoothly in the regions in which TREC is active. Currently we have six Regional Coordinators, meet three of them below. We will introduce you to the remaining three coordinators in the June newsletter.

Nyla de los Santos

Alberta North

Fiona MacKenzie

Alberta South 

Julie Melville

Fraser Health, BC
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New Publication

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The influence of organizational context on best practice use by care aides in residential long-term care settings

Estabrooks CA, Squires JE, Hayduk L, Morgan D, Cummings GG, Ginsburg L, Stewart N, McGilton K, Kang SH, Norton PG.

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.
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