Cape Breton University Professor Named To A Pan Canadian Research Team

Cape Breton University congratulates Corrine McIsaac, Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Graduate and Professional Studies, on her recent appointment to the Pan Canadian Research Team. The team has been awarded $1 million to identify safety risks associated with care to patients in homes.

McIsaac will be part of the research team led by Dr. Diane Doran, University of Toronto, and Dr. Régis Blais, University of Montreal, as well as 21 additional members including clinicians, researchers, and policy and decision makers that have expertise in patientsafety and home care services. The team was selected from a nation-wide research competition.

Photo of Corrine McIsaac“This group of researchers are very well known nationally and internationally; to be part of this team is an honour,” says McIsaac. “I will bring several years of home care research around adverse events, and I have a few peer reviewed publications around outcomes in home care, which I hope will offer added value to the team. There is a national initiative focused on improving patient safety in acute care, and I see this research as dramatically improving patient outcomes around safety at home – everything from patient falls and wounds to communication between sectors.”

McIsaac notes the team of researchers she will be working with are diverse and  experienced. “Patient safety in home care is an emerging research area and I feel being part of this team will add to my knowledge base and in turn help support a program of research in patient safety in home care at CBU.”

Nursing students at Cape Breton University will benefit from McIsaac’s work with the team as patient safety is also an emerging research topic on home care in Canada. One of the courses McIsaac teaches is a population health based course that involves community nursing, and she hopes to integrate her research into the course.

“Professor McIsaac has an ideal opportunity to collaborate in a national research team,” says Dr. Robert Bailey, CBU’s Vice-President, Academic and Provost. “This brings the great work of our faculty and their students to a broader context, and input from scholars across the country to Cape Breton issues. Professor McIsaac is a wonderful model for what we at CBU hope to see more often.”

The funding was awarded by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, along with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institutes of Health Services and Policy Research, Aging, Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, and Circulatory and Respiratory Health; The Change Foundation; and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.