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Fredericks Research

Welcome to FREDERICKS Research

FREDERICKS Research serves as both a knowledge translation tool and a mechanism for teaching and mentoring of patients, students, and research trainees. It consists of a series of webpages that profile the research studies associated with Dr. Suzanne Fredericks; as well, provides information and resources that can be used by health care professionals, academics, students, research trainees, and patients involved in any aspect of the cardiovascular surgical care experience. Particular attention to the design and implementation of randomized controlled trials can be found throughout various sections within this site. Below is an overview of the content found within each webpage.

Several tabs that include the following titles: Research, Patient Information, Controlled Trials, Clinical Application, Opportunities and Helpful Links are located at the top of the screen, just below the images.

The Research tab provides direct access to Dr. Suzanne Fredericks’ publications.

The What's new? tab presents an overview of recently published studies in the areas of nursing, medicine rehabilitation, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy relating to the theme of supporting patients following invasive cardiovascular surgical procedures. Even though specific emphasis will be on presenting evidence from randomized controlled trials, findings from studies using innovative designs will also be presented.

The Patient Information tab has been designed with the intention of providing pre and post-operative cardiovascular surgical information to patients as they prepare for, or are recovering from, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, valve replacement, or heart transplantation. The information contained within this section is tailored to reflect the individual’s learning needs at any particular point in time. Access to a registered nurse through the Chat with an RN link is available through this portal.

The Opportunities tab presents an overview of the various opportunities that are available for patients, students, clinicians, researchers, and knowledge users. Specifically, current opportunities relating to: 1) research participation for potential study participants; 2) research assistant positions for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as clinicians; 3) graduate student thesis supervision; 4) research mentorship for scientists; and 5) knowledge user collaboration, are posted in this section.

The Controlled Trials tab presents a summary of methods associated with randomized controlled trials. This section has been designed with the intention of providing new and innovative approaches to the conduct of randomized controlled trials, as a means of mentoring and supporting health care professionals, academics, students, and research trainees as they engage in this, often times challenging, research methodology.

The Clinical Application tab presents innovative approaches and strategies for promoting the uptake and integration of new and existing research evidence.

The Helpful Links tab presents hyperlinks for direct access to a variety of resources that health care professionals, academics, students, trainees, and patients may find useful and include: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Canadian Institute of Health Research, and Canadian Cardiovascular Society.

Why use the colours GREEN and GOLD?

You will notice the main colours associated with this website are GREEN and GOLD. These colours were intentionally selected to represent the two models of open access. Click here for more information.

Fredericks, S. (2015). Is gold open access the only option for nurse researchers?: Questioning the efficacy of this unrestricted publication access approach. Nurse Researcher. 22, 6, 8-10.



About Dr. Suzanne FREDERICKS

Portrait of Dr. Suzanne Fredericks

Dr. Fredericks is a Nurse Scientist whose program of research focuses on designing and evaluating interventions to support patients undergoing invasive surgical procedures. She has received advanced research methods training through the Canadian Institute of Health Research Randomized Controlled Trials Mentorship Training Program and the Cochrane Collaboration. Dr. Fredericks is an active researcher within the Cochrane Heart Group.

Dr. Fredericks is a Professor in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University and is currently the Director of the Master of Nursing Program. She is an active member of the Maurice Yeates School of Graduate Studies and functions as a graduate student thesis supervisor. Within the Master of Nursing Program, Dr. Fredericks teaches the Quantitative Research Methods course.

Dr. Fredericks has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses (Role: Director of Publications) and the Lambda Pi-At-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (Roles: President, Vice-President, Past-President). She has also served as the Editor for the Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing (July 1, 2015-June 28, 2016) and is as an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research (2013-present).

Dr. Fredericks is an Affiliate Scientist (May 2016-present) at the University Health Network's Toronto General Research Institute (


Site last updated: July 11, 2016