Researchers are brought together to present their work on a variety of topic areas and network with other researchers.
13450 102 Avenue
Hosted by Fraser Health’s Department of Evaluation and Research Services. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.
Defining Patient Acuity – From an Idea to a Validated Tool
Liz da Silva, Research Dietitian
In this session, the process of developing a patient acuity tool with point of care staff and the journey to establishing it as a valid method of categorizing patients will be reviewed. The session begins with practical aspects of how to perform face validity testing and is followed by a review of the Delphi process as a means of verifying a tool’s content validity. The session ends with a discussion of the role of the research dietitian and the impact the position has had on dietitian services.
Exploring Home Tube Feed Use and Experiences
Rebekah Sandhu, Dietitian Researcher
This session highlights a series of patient-oriented research projects addressing a gap in knowledge regarding the adult home tube fed population. Rebekah Sandhu brought together patients, caregivers, leaders and health care providers with experience living as/with or caring for adult home tube feed users to create dynamic research teams. These teams have examined the demographic characteristics and experiences of this population. The data generated has already resulted in an increase in dietitian service delivery with Fraser Health. This important work will continue to be used to evaluate, improve and innovate programs for adult home tube fed patients within Fraser Health and the province.
Renal Dietitian Perceptions of the Value of Subjective Global Assessment (SGA)
Shelly Messenger, Renal Registered Dietitian Abbotsford Regional Hospital Peritoneal Dialysis Unit
This session will review a mixed methods study used to assess how renal dietitians nationally perceive the value of SGA to assess protein-energy wasting for clients with chronic kidney disease. Using focus groups and a survey of renal dietitians across Canada findings revealed practical challenges faced by dietitians regarding the use of this tool in practice. This work will ideally support and encourage the use of validated, reliable tools in practice.
Food Insecurity and Food Retailers: Perceptions, Challenges and Opportunities
Anne Todd, Healthy Living Coordinator
Household food insecurity is inadequate or insecure access to food. Contrary to public perception, 65 per cent of food insecure households in B.C. are in the workforce and only a small percentage access the charitable food programs. This is an exploratory, qualitative study of food retailers in the Fraser Valley to understand their perspectives about food insecurity, the pressures facing the industry and look for opportunities to partner in future to address food insecurity. This project was generously funded through Fraser Health Population and Public Health.