Dr. Kathryn Hyndman receives CRCRI Research Award

August 1, 2009

Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn Hyndman on receiving $14,500.00 from the Canadian Tobacco Control Research Initiative for her project entitled, “Research Planning Grant: A Survey of Health Professional Student Training in Tobacco Reduction Counselling on the Canadian Prairies”.

Research team consists of: Dr. Kathryn Hyndman, (Principal Applicant), Brandon University. Co-Applicants: Mr. Marino Francispillai, Alberta Cancer Board; Mrs. Margaret Kvern, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority; Dr. Steven Patterson, University Of Alberta; Dr. Annette Schultz, University of Manitoba; Dr. Jeff Taylor, University of Saskatchewan; Dr. Roger Thomas, University of Calgary; Dr. Drew Hoysak, Research Consultant, Brandon University.

Kathryn Hyndman, R.N., Ph.D. joined the Department of Nursing at Brandon University in 2004 with the launching of the new four-year nursing degree program. Dr. Hyndman teaches fundamentals of professional nursing, nursing research, leadership, management, and a variety of nursing practice courses. Her research interests are in the area of knowledge transfer, specifically related to clinical practice guidelines and nursing. She has an interest in promoting respiratory health and in health professionals’ role in regard to tobacco reduction and smoking cessation counselling. Her program of research involves a number of studies involving strategies to reduce consumption of tobacco products and improve respiratory health for Canadians.

Research Study Information:

As Principal Investigator, Dr Hyndman and a new network of multi-disciplinary researchers will design a study to examine capacity in tobacco control among health professional students in the Prairie provinces. Students’ basic preparation in tobacco control is of fundamental importance in understanding health professional capacity in treating tobacco use and dependence. The study goals are two-fold. First, they will describe where and how health practitioner students in the Prairies are educated to embrace their important role in treating tobacco use and dependence. Second, they will document what factors contribute to curriculum decisions regarding content relating to tobacco control and cessation counselling among post-secondary educational institutions in the Prairies.

The project will offer a benchmark regarding educational programming and factors that influence educational institutions’ ability to offer students education in tobacco reduction and cessation counselling. This information, once collected, will allow for greater opportunity for sharing and promotion of tobacco reduction education among all health professional training programs. Prior to establishing any type of collaborative work around health professional education, it is imperative to know the current scope of activity in this area as well as identify the key people who currently implement or would implement this education. This is an important study because findings will be relevant to an under-studied area of health professional basic education and tobacco control.

Good luck on your project Kathryn.