Current as Co-Investigator

Improving Nursing Home Care through Feedback On PerfoRMance Data (INFORM)

Start/End Dates: 2015 – 2018

Investigators: Estabrooks C (PI); Wagg A (co-PI); Andersen E, Anderson R, Baumbusch J, Berta W, Doupe M, Keefe J, Cranley L, Cummings GG, Dearing J, Ginsburg L, Hoben M, McGregor M, Norton P, Lanham H, Profetto-McGrath J, Reid C, Senthilselvan A, Smith M, Squires J, Teare G, Thompson G; Anderson C, Anderson M, Bloemink K, Cook H, Collins M, Dacombe Dewar L, Davidson H, Klaasen K, Lamont L, Mansell L, McBain K, Regier C, Risling E, Schalm C, Taylor D, Trinidad G (KUs); Nicklin W, Schutz M (Collaborators).

Funder: CIHR

Grant Amount: $756,827

Description: This project will evaluate a tailored intervention targeting the leaders of clinical microsystems (care units) in residential long term care (nursing home) settings. Our aims are to:

  1. Evaluate and compare three feedback strategies – a standard feedback strategy and two assisted and goal-directed feedback strategies;
  2. Assess the sustainability and possible longer term effects of each strategy; and
  3. Refine, based on the outcomes of this evaluation, a practical assisted feedback strategy for use in the nursing home sector that specifically targets the leaders of their clinical microsystems.

Finding an effective and affordable approach to performance feedback derived from research findings will advance the field significantly and improve our ability to offer strong return from applied health services research done in partnership with system stakeholders.



TREC 2.0 (Translating Research in Elder Care)

Start/End Dates: 2014 – 2017

Investigators: Estabrooks C, Norton P (Co-PIs); Baumbusch J, Berta W, Cummings GG, Doupe M, Ginsburg L, McLeod D, Reid C, Senthilselvan A, Squires J, Wagg A; Dearing J (Collab); Bloemink K, Cook H, Mansell L, Schalm C.

Funder: Manitoba Health; British Columbia: Interior Health Authority, Fraser Health Authority, Ministry of Health; CIHR Institute of Aging; Alberta Health Services; Alberta Health

Grant Amount: $9,800,800

Description: TREC 2.0 is a continuation of the TREC research programme and consists of 3 major research projects and a number of smaller system projects. The three major projects are TMS, SCOPE, and SNA:

  1. Trec Measurement System (TMS): This project is the main data gathering and management platform for the TREC program. It consists of 3 waves of data collection. Analysis of data collection is starting, and feedback of research results to participating facilities will take place this summer.
  2. Safer Care for Older Persons (in residential) Environments (SCOPE): This is a full intervention study of a very successful “proof of principle” project on translating knowledge in long term care homes.
  3. Advice Seeking Networks in Long Term Care (SNA): This is an analysis of informal advice seeking networks in long term care homes in Western, Northern, and Atlantic Canada.

The system projects are a series of smaller projects which allow for quick deliverables to the long term care sector. They are sector driven and outcome focused to improve system efficiency.

Interior Health AthorityBC Ministry of Health

Fraser Health Authority  CIHRAlberta Health Services  



Advice Seeking Networks in Residential Long Term Care

Start/End Dates: 2014 – 2017

Investigators: Estabrooks CA (PI); Cook H, McLeod D (primary KUs); Baumbusch J, Doupe M, Keefe J, Wagg A (Co-PIs); Berta W, Cranley L, Cummings GG, Dearing J, Ginsburg L, Knopp-Sihota J, McGregor M, Norton P, Profetto-McGrath J, Reid C, Squires J, Teare G, Thompson G, Anderson C, Anderson M, Bloemink K, Boudreau D, Collins M, Dacombe Dewar L, Davidson H, Dill D, Forbes H, Lamont L, Mansell L, McBain K, Risling E, Schalm C, Taylor D, Trinidad G; (Collab): Compton G, Hall J, Hayduk L, Lai V, Leach T, MacDougall A, Maisey S, Nicklin W, Schutz M, Senthilselvan A, Sketris I, Waddleton D.

Funder: CIHR Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI), Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions, Research Manitoba. TREC 2.0 subgrant

Grant Amount: $615,000

Description: This network analysis of long term care includes a team of researchers and leaders in residential long term care from across Canada and the United States. It is the first of its kind in Canada. The team will use the survey information to create “social network maps”. The maps describe the network (e.g., whether tightly or loosely connected) and identify key individuals in the sector. By identifying these key individuals network, interventions can be targeted at opinion leading individuals who can implement interventions to improve quality of resident care.

CIHRNSHRFMichael Smith Foundation for Health ResearchAIHSResearch Manitoba



Improving Cancer Pain and Symptom Management Through Knowledge Translation

Start/End Dates: 2013 – 2015

Investigators: Bryant-Lukosius D & Cummings GG (CoPIs), Carter N, Farrelly L, Fitch M, Forbes M, Green E, Greenberg A, Manii D, Martelli-Reid L, Molloy S, Pond G, Seow H, Smith A, Snider A, Watson L, Wiernikowski J.

Funder: CCSRI

Grant Amount: $100,000

Description: The study aims to promote the uptake of evidence-informed cancer pain and symptom management practices among healthcare providers in ambulatory cancer care settings through developing an improved understanding of effective knowledge translation (KT).


Canadian Cancer Society


Role Stressors and Coping Strategies of Nurse Managers in Acute Care Facilities in Saskatchewan and Alberta

Start/End Dates: 2013 – 2016

Investigators: Udod S, Cummings GG, Care D.

Funder: SHRF Establishment Grant

Grant Amount $119,433

Description: The purpose of this study is to examine nurse managers’ (NMs) role stressors and coping strategies in acute health care facilities in SK and AB, ultimately facilitating healthier work environments for NMs.



Hospital management models and hospital accreditation from the quality improvement perspective

Start/End Dates: 2012 – 2016

Investigators: Bernardes A, Silvia Gabriel C, Cummings GG, et al.

Funder: Provost For Research, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Grant Amount: $170,000

Description: In this study, the researchers attempt to understand the organizational structure of health facilities in Canada. This is complex due to ongoing managerial restructuring, in parallel with the development of the Canadian Health Systems. This study also studies the implementation of an accreditation program and seeks to identify the advancements and difficulties health teams have faced in these processes.


  Sao Paulo


Learning from Experience: Improving the Process of Internationally Educated Nurses’ Applications for Registration

Start/End Dates: 2011 – 2016

Investigators: College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (PI), Cummings GG, Mount Royal College

Funder: Health Canada

Grant Amount: $706,950

Description: The overall goal of the project is to improve the process of application for registration of internationally educated nurses (IENs), by making it more efficient while remaining committed to the principles of fairness, transparency and, above all, public safety.

Key Findings:


Health Canada


Knowledge Translation Canada: A CIHR Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research

Start/End Dates: 2009 – 2015

Investigators: Strauss S (PI), Grimshaw G, Cummings GG, Estabrooks CA, et al.

Funder: CIHR

Grant Amount: $1,778,626

Description: Knowledge translation (KT) research and enhanced capacity in this field are essential if we are to reap the benefits of health research, improve the health and quality of life of Canadians and enhance productivity. The CIHR defines knowledge translation as the synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system.  KT is about ensuring that decision-makers at all levels of the health system (consumers, patients, practitioners, managers and policy makers) are aware of, and can access and use research evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.  With hospitals and community agencies, we have developed a multidisciplinary, collaborative Clinical Research Initiative (KT Canada) involving colleagues from 8 universities across Canada to identify and study solutions to ensure that Canadians have tools and skills necessary to achieve KT. This project aims to build on KT Canada to enhance capacity in KT. Although there is a growing need, presently Canada has no formal KT training program or institute.  While some individual courses in KT exist, to date no coordinated effort exists to enhance training capacity.

Objectives: The objective of this STIHR proposal is to build on KT Canada to create an internationally-recognised national training initiative to enhance capacity in KT and KT research by:

  1. Providing excellent training centres and laboratories for trainees from various disciplines (including clinical epidemiology, health services research, social sciences, engineering, and health informatics amongst others) to develop skills in KT and KT research;
  2. Linking trainees and mentors to collaboratively advance the science and practice of KT; and,
  3. Partnering with other national and international research groups and decision-maker organisations to promote KT research and training of well-rounded trainees across a range of settings, clinical and health system issues.

Canadian Institutes for Health ResearchKnowledge Translation Canada