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Research & Scholarship

Patient- and family-reported experience and outcome measures for elderly acute care patients. R. Sawatzky (principal investigator). Co-investigators: S. Bryan, R. Cohen, D. Dixon, A. Gadermann, K. Schick Makaroff; K. Stajduhar. Knowledge users: C. Tayler (principal knowledge user), D. Roberts, J. Lett, L. Cuthbertson, M. McGregor; N. Hilliard. Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network (2013-2014, $49,972)


Chan, E.K.H., Sawatzky, R., Dixon, D., Wolfs, D.M., Gadermann, A. (October, 2014). Bibliometric analysis of PROMs and PREMs for elderly patients in acute care. International Society of Quality of Life Research Conference, Berlin. Quality of Life Research, 23(1): p 19.

Sawatzky, R., Dixon, D., Voth, J., Lee, J., Stajduhar, K. (April 2014). Identifying documents relevant to nebulous topics: The case of a “palliative approach”, 20th Annual Cochrane Canada Symposium, Ottawa, 2014, Canada.

Sawatzky, R., Chan, E. K. H., Dixon, D., Wolfs, D. M., Gadermann, A. M., Cohen, S. R., & PROM-PREM Knowledge Synthesis Team. (September, 2014). Patient- and family-reported outcome and experience measures for seriously ill elderly patients. Poster presented at the 20th International Congress on Palliative Care, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


  • B.A. (University of Manitoba)
  • Diploma in Secondary Education (University of Victoria)
  • M.Ed. (University of British Columbia)
  • Certificate in Instructional Technology (San Diego State University)
  • M.L.I.S. (University of British Columbia)

Recent Publications

Sawatzky, R., Porterfield, P., Lee, J., Dixon, D., Lounsbury, K., Pesut, B., … Stajduhar, K. (2016). Conceptual foundations of a palliative approach: a knowledge synthesis. BMC Palliative Care15, 5. 

Sawatzky, Richard, Chan, E.C.K., Bryan, S., Cohen, R., Cuthbertson, L., Dixon, D., Lett, J., Gadermann, A., Hilliard, N., McGregor, M., Roberts, D., Schick-Makaroff, K., Stajduhar, K., Tayler, C. (2015): Patient- and Family-Reported Experience and Outcome Measures for Use in Acute Care: A Knowledge Synthesis

Chan, E. K., Sawatzky, R., Dixon, D., Wolfs, D. M., & Gadermann, A. M. (2014, October). Bibliometric Analysis of PROMs and PREMs for Elderly Patients in Acute Care. In Quality of Life Research (Vol. 23, pp. 19-20). Van Godewijckstraat 30, 3311 GZ Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.


Information Literacy, Research Instruction, Systematic Search, Knowledge Synthesis

Courses Taught

  • COMM 110 Research and Writing in Communications (Research component)
  • RES 500 Research Strategies
  • NURS 124 Communication & Health Teaching (Research component)
  • NURS 332 Nursing Research (Systematic database search component)
  • NURS 520 Knowledge Synthesis (Research component)