Research

Want to learn more about our current and past research projects?  You have come to the right place.

Read more about the areas of research, find research, and learn how we are impacting the care of critically ill patients and loved ones.

Research Studies

The network's research endeavours span a broad range of topics with an overarching goal to improve patient health and outcomes in critical care medicine.

These studies are a culmination of the efforts of the investigators and team members that bring their unique skill set and knowledge to the studies.


Research clinical

Clinical

Research that involved people, or data/samples from people which are then studied in a variety of ways.

Research- Biomedical

Biomedical

Research that involved the investigation of the biological process and the causes of illness though careful experimentation, observation, laboratory work, analysis, and testing.

Research- Health Sciences

Health Science

There are two parts to this one:

  1. the study, research, and knowledge of health and the application of that knowledge to improve health, cure diseases,
  2. and understanding how humans function
Medical education

Medical Education

Research may include evaluation of the transfer or acquisition of knowledge, attitudes or skills in any topic relevant to human health among any type of learner, including health professionals, students in the health professions, and patients.

C3 Research Network Feature Publications

Feature Publications

We conduct clinical studies, systemic and scoping reviews, and quality improvement projects among other studies.

Click here to view featured publications of our team's work. 

Learn More

Studies conducted in the intensive care unit (ICU) help us understand how to best care for the critically ill population and how to best involve the loved ones of patients. If you've been approached by a team member about a potential study, you may find more information here. Please talk with the research assistant or associate that approached you for more information.

 

ACTIVATE

Family Caregivers in the Identification, Prevention, Management of Delirium

Transitions in Care

The ACTIVATE study is investigating if engaging family members with delirium detection, prevention, and management improves outcomes for both patients and family members in the ICU.

We will measure the mental well-being of family members and the delirium outcomes of patients.

This study is led by Dr. Kirsten Fiest.

The study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB19-1000).

What does your involvement look like?

This will depend on whether you are randomized to the control group or the intervention group! After you consent, the research assistant will randomize you and let you know which group you were randomized to.

Caregivers

  • Consent on behalf of your loved one if they are unable to do so themselves.
  • Complete the study surveys emailed to you while visiting your loved one in the ICU for a period of 5 consecutive days or sooner if they are discharged before that period.
  • Complete the follow-up surveys 1 & 3 months after your loved one is discharged from the ICU.
  • If randomized to an intervention group - watch an educational video on delirium & do activities in the cognitive box with your loved one.

ICU Patients

  • Consent at the moment of enrollment or when capacity is regained if surrogate decision-maker consented on your behalf. Give consent to research access to health record to input family delirium scores.
  • Participate in some brief activities you can do on your own time with your visiting family member.
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Intervention Group - Caregivers

Day 1 - 20-30 minute survey (online) on demographics, delirium, and psychological outcomes. Watch a video, try to assess delirium in a practice vignette case & do delirium prevention & management activities.

Day 2-5 - 10-15 minute survey (online) on psychological outcomes & delirium. Complete a delirium detection questionnaire (scores from this will be presented to the RN to input into health record) & do delirium prevention & management activities.

Month 1 - 10-15 minute survey (online) on psychological outcomes & delirium

Month 3 - 10-15 minute survey (online) on psychological outcomes & delirium

Activities

Examples of activities you might see in the cognitive box

Control Group - Caregivers:

Day 1 - 20-30 minute survey (online) on demographics, delirium, and psychological outcomes

Day 2-5 - 10-15 minute survey (online) on psychological outcomes & delirium

Month 1 - 10-15 minute survey (online) on psychological outcomes & delirium

Month 3 - 10-15 minute survey (online) on psychological outcomes & delirium

PIV

Public Centered Outcomes of Vasopressor Therapy Use in the Intensive Care Unit

PIV

This study examines the perceptions and values of ICU patients, families, and members of the public on vasopressor therapy in the intensive care unit.

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study on perceptions of vasopressor therapy in the intensive care unit.

No former knowledge is required.

Your participation would include:

1) Watching a short video

2) Participating in a 60-90 minute virtual interview or focus group

3) Completing a brief demographic questionnaire.

If interested, please complete this screening survey to determine your eligibility: https://survey.ucalgary.ca/jfe/form/SV_3k3HvgutIssSFme

A member of the research team will contact you if eligible to schedule an interview or focus group.

The study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB 20-1152).