2013 Presentations

A New Theory of NP Practice within Hospital Interprofessional Teams
Tina Hurlock-Chorostecki
The Hospital-Based Nurse Practitioner Interprofessional Practice Theory (HBNPIP) offers a new approach to defining, articulating, and measuring the NP role within hospital teams. A constructivist grounded theory study explored the interprofessional practice of hospital-based nurse practitioner from multiple perspectives, 15 different types of health professions who worked closely with an NP and several NPs across Ontario. The theory provides three practice foci: Evolve the NP role/advance the specialty, Focus on team working, and Hold patient care togethe. Within the theory, how and why the foci are enacted and valued by the many practitioners, is explained. Focus on Team Working was highly valued and clearly illustrates the NP as a key leader in interprofessional team functioning.

Mental Health Engagement Network (MHEN): Connecting Clients to their Health Team
Cheryl Forchuk

The MHEN project leverages a secure technology platform through the use of smart handheld devices. This empowers consumers with their own health information for the purpose of making healthy choices, and sharing health information as they choose.
The MHEN project is a longitudinal, mixed qualitative and quantitative research study which has recruited 400 (245 men and 155 women) research participants diagnosed with a mood or a psychotic disorder who are currently working with mental health care professionals (54 mental health care providers across 4 agencies in the London and surrounding area). Each participant has been randomly assigned into Group 1 (early intervention) or Group 2 (later intervention).  Group 1 participants received an iPhone 4S, a TELUS health space™ account, and version 1.0 of the Lawson SMART record (a web-based application that provides individuals with a personal health record and tools to help them manage their health) in July, 2012.  Participants in Group 2 will initially act as a control group, but will receive the intervention 6 months later. 
The overall hypothesis states smart health information technology will improve quality of life and reduce health care costs. The evaluation framework includes outcomes for economic, policy, ethical and effectiveness analyses. This research will allow us to develop evidenced based recommendations about the use of smart technology in mental health care.

Demonstrating APN Cost Savings by Capturing Silent Care
Margo Devries-Rizzo

The CNS role in Perinatal & Women's Care
Sarah Parkinson