Applied Research Projects

Piloting the PREVIEW-ED Tool in Fraser Health Authority
Description:
In 2016, Fraser Health (FH) partnered with the Langara School of Nursing and senior nurse consultant, Marilyn El Bestawiand to pilot the PREVIEW-ED© tool. Two (2) term 8 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students facilitated implementation of the tool with Fraser Health’s first cohort of 176 residents across 4 Fraser Health Care Homes. Students worked with Care Aides who completed the PREVIEW-ED© tool to prevent transfers to the Emergency Department for: pneumonia, congestive heart failure, urinary tract infections and dehydration. A noted 71% reduction in Emergency Departments (ED) transfers for tool sensitive conditions. This is now a best practice for Fraser Health Residential Care Homes.
Contributor:
M. R. El Bastawi (Author), C. Kohm (Author), A. Mak (Author), M. Mutter (Author), D. Thomas (Author), T. R. Viernes (Author), Fraser Health Authority (Author), (Author)
Undergraduate Student Nurses' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Hepatitis C
Description:
Despite all of the advancements in chronic hepatitis C (HCC) treatment, 44% of people living with CHC are unaware of their status (Trubnikov et al, 2011). Diagnosis of asymptomatic Hepatitis C (HCV) is necessary for early identification which can present the options for self determined linkage to care and treatment; important to prevent disease progression to end stage liver disease, cancer and death. Several studies have shown that awareness of HCV is a major barrier to early diagnosis which remains low in the general public and health care professionals. While nurses represent the largest proportion of the health care workforce in Canada the supply of Registered Nurses (RN) is 285,482 and Nurse Practitioners (NP) is 4,540 (CIHI, 2016). The likelihood that RNs and NPs to encounter someone living with CHC who is undiagnosed may be relevantly high.
Contributor:
Denise Thomas (Author), Kim Lam (Author), (Author)
Language and Learning: The Effects of Language-Dependent Memory on Punjabi and Mandarin ESL Students
Description:
Previous research suggests that people may remember information more accurately when the language of retrieval matches that of encoding. We investigated this with 45 ESL student subjects, native language Mandarin or Punjabi, recruited from introductory psychology classes at Langara College. Participants read two passages containing academic-type history and biology information, which they were randomly assigned to read in English or their native language, and completed a recall test in English. We hypothesized that students would score higher on the recall test if they read in English, to match the test. Results indicated a significant difference between conditions for Punjabi speaking students, but not for Mandarin speakers. Language-dependent memory effects may vary between languages, therefore future research should examine languages separately or comparatively.
Contributor:
Alley, Lindsay, Chen, Dongyue, Goulet, Elise, Kaur, Sukhvir, Keful, Steven, Kim, Young Kyun, Singh, Jaspreet
Attention Bias, Study Time, and Test Performance in Test-Anxious College Students
Description:
This study looks at the relationship between test anxiety and academic performance, focusing on the "Attention Blink paradigm" and how it may account for attention shifts in test anxious and non-test anxious students.
Contributor:
Erin Skinner (Author), Lindsay Alley (Author), Vincent Quenneville (Author), Sara Ryan (Author), Department of Psychology, Langara College (Department)