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Figuring it Out in the Moment: A Theory of Unregulated Care Providers’ Knowledge Utilization in Dementia Care Settings
Nadine Janes, RN, GNC(C), PhD
Souraya Sidani, RN, PhD
Cheryl Cott, PhD
Susan Rappolt, PhD, OT Reg (Ont.)
|The theory of knowledge utilization reported on in the article reflects the doctoral work of Dr. Nadine Janes, supported by her doctoral committee who are represented as co-authors. The work reflects a culmination of Dr. Janes’ clinical experiences and academic endeavors spanning her 20-year nursing career. Aware of deficiencies in the care received by older persons with Alzheimer Disease and related dementias, Dr. Janes has committed to building a foundational understanding of how nursing staff use best dementia care knowledge. Her ultimate intent is to design interventions to support nursing staff efforts to achieve excellence in their dementia practice.
|Dr. Souraya Sidani is Professor and Canada Research Chair at the School of Nursing, Ryerson University. Her areas of expertise are in quantitative research methods, intervention design and evaluation, and measurement. Her research areas of interest focus on evaluating interventions and advanced practice roles, on examining patient preferences for treatments, and on refining research methods and measures for determining the clinical effectiveness of interventions.
|Dr. Cheryl Cott is a physical therapist and social gerontologist. She is a Full Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Graduate Department in Rehabilitation Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She has been working for many years in the area of rehabilitation and chronic illness, in particular, the relationships between people receiving rehabilitation and rehabilitation professionals.
|Susan Rappolt is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on methods for effective knowledge translation and research utilization, and the effects of the social and policy contexts on professional practices in rehabilitation and occupational therapy. She has a BScOT from Queen’s University, and an MSc and PhD in social and political forces in health care from University of Toronto.