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Fredericks Research


This page provides green open access to Dr. Suzanne Fredericks’ publications.

The manuscripts are grouped into categories that are based on themes that are related to Dr. Fredericks’ program of research (designing and evaluating interventions to support patients undergoing invasive surgical procedures).


Theme #1: Effect of social determinants of health on health promotion and recovery.

Social determinants of health include: income and social status, education, employment and working conditions, physical environments, social environments, social support, personal health practices and coping skills, healthy child development, biology and genetic endowment, health services, as well as gender and culture.

Health promotion and recovery include: performance of post-operative self-care behaviours pre and post-hospitalization


Fredericks, S. & Guruge, S. (2015). Promoting Immigrant Women's
Cardiovascular Health Redesigning Patient Education Interventions Advances in
Nursing Science. Oct-Dec;38(4):E13-20. DOI: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000095.

Fredericks, S. & Guruge, S. (2016). Cardiovascular interventions for immigrant women: A scoping review. Clinical Nursing Research.1 (21), 1-22. DOI: 10.1177/1054773816643935.

Fredericks, S. (2012). The influence of country of origin on engagement in self‐care behaviours following heart surgery: a descriptive correlational study. Journal of clinical nursing, 21(15‐16), 2202-2208.

Fredericks, S. (2011). Memory loss following coronary artery bypass graft surgery: a discussion of the implications for nursing. Canadian journal of cardiovascular nursing= Journal canadien en soins infirmiers cardio-vasculaires, 22(2), 33-36.

Fredericks, S. (2008). The relationship between CABG patient characteristics and perceived learning needs: a secondary analysis. Canadian journal of cardiovascular nursing= Journal canadien en soins infirmiers cardio-vasculaires, 19(1), 13-19.

Fredericks, S., & Sidani, S. (2012). Socio-demographics and health profile: Influence on self-care. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 7(2), 77-82.

Fredericks, S., Sidani, S., & Shugurensky, D. (2008). The effect of anxiety on learning outcomes post-CABG. CJNR (Canadian Journal of Nursing Research), 40(1), 126-140.

Fredericks, S., Sidani, S., Vahabi, M., & Micevski, V. (2012). An examination of current patient  education interventions delivered to culturally diverse patients following CABG surgery. CJNR (Canadian Journal of Nursing Research), 44(1), 76-93.

Fredericks, S., Guruge, S., Sidani, S., & Wan, T. (2009). Patient demographics and learning needs: examination of relationshipClinical nursing research,18(4), 307-322.

Fredericks, S., Lo, J., Ibrahim, S., & Leung, J. (2009). An examination of the difference in performance of self-care behaviours between white and non-white patients following CABG surgery: a secondary analysis. Canadian journal of cardiovascular nursing= Journal canadien en soins infirmiers cardio-vasculaires, 20(4), 21-29.

Fredericks, S., Lapum, J., & Lo, J. (2012). Anxiety, depression, and self-management: a systematic review. Clinical nursing research, 1054773812436681.


Theme # 2: Examining the effect of intervention characteristics on outcomes of interest.


These elements include: timing, dose, mode (medium and format), and approach (standardized and individualized)

Fredericks, S., Guruge, S., Sidani, S., & Wan, T. (2010). Postoperative patient education: a systematic review. Clinical nursing research, 19(2), 144-164.

Fredericks, S., Beanlands, H., Spalding, K., & Da Silva, M. (2010). Effects of the characteristics of teaching on the outcomes of heart failure patient education interventions: a systematic review. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 9(1), 30-37.

Fredericks, S. (2009). Timing for delivering individualized patient education intervention to coronary artery bypass graft patients: An RCT. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 8(2), 144-150.


Theme #3: Issues in intervention design and implementation

These articles discuss/present strategies and/or considerations for designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions within the clinical setting.

Fredericks, S., Lapum, J., Policelli, J. (2016). Considerations for the design of online gaming interventions for the frail elderly: A short communication. Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, 11, 3, pp. 1-5.

Fredericks, S. & Yau, T. (2017). Clinical effectiveness of individual patient education in heart surgery patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 65, 44-53.

Fredericks, S., Lapum, J., Hui, G. (2015). Applying Patient Centered Care to the Design and Implementation of Cardiovascular Surgical Interventions: Implications for Practice. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 10, 4, 170-174.

Fredericks, S., Lapum, J., & Hui, G. (2015). Examining the Effect of Patient-Centered Care on Patient Outcomes: A Systematic Review. British Journal of Nursing. 24, 7, 394-400.

Fredericks, S. & Martorella, G. (2013). Delivering a patient education intervention using both the internet and telephone: A discursive presentation. Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics. (Featured Article), 7, 3/4. Available online at:

Fredericks, S., Martorella, G. & Catallo, C. (2015). Using knowledge translation as a framework for the design of a research protocol. International Journal of Nursing Practice. Volume 21 (Suppl. 2), 157–163. doi:10.1111/ijn.12338

Fredericks, S., Martorella, G., Swart, B., & Newman, E. (in press, Oct – Dec 2013). Designing a cardiovascular surgical web-based patient education intervention: A discussion paper.  Journal of Nursing Science, vol. 31, no. 4.

Fredericks, S. (2011). Coaching in the cardiovascular surgical population. Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 21, 3, 30-33.

Fredericks, S. (April 2012). Nursing informatics and coaching based interventions: A protocol for delivery. Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics. (Featured Article), 6, 4. Available online at:


Theme #4: Recovery following invasive procedures

The articles in this section present a discussion of recovery following invasive procedures and address complications, the recovery experience, and facilitators and barriers that influence rate of recovery.

Fredericks, S. (2017). Scoping Review: Online Gaming Interventions for
Patients With Congenital Heart Disease. Case Studies.

Fredericks, S., Sidani, S., Miranda, J., & Fox, M. (2016). Examining
Cardiovascular Symptoms in Adults with Chronic Insomnia. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 11(9), 430-436.

Schwind, J. K., Fredericks, S., Metersky, K., & Porzuczek, V. G. (2015).
What can be learned from patient stories about living with the chronicity of
heart illness? A narrative inquiry. Contemporary nurse, 1-14.

Fredericks, S. (2015). A multidisciplinary collaborative web site for cardiovascular surgery. Computers Informatics Nursing, 33(7), 273-277. DOI: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000167.

Fredericks, S. & Bechtold, A. (2013). Challenges associated with delivering education to patients after heart surgery. Japan Journal of Nursing Science. doi: 10.1111/jjns.12022

Fredericks, S., & DaSilva, M. (2010). An examination of the postdischarge recovery experience of patients who have had heart surgery. Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness, 2(4), 281-291.

Fredericks, S. & Yau, T. (2014). Preparing for a randomized controlled trial: Strategies to optimize the design of a cardiovascular surgical patient education intervention. Applied Nursing Research.

Fredericks, S. & Yau, T. (2013). Relationship between post-operative patient education and hospital readmission: A preliminary examination. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, vol. 51, no. 4, 228-234. Available at:

Fredericks, S. & Yau, T. (2013). Educational intervention reduces complications and re-hospitalizations after heart surgery. Western Journal of Nursing Research, vol. 35, no. 10, 1251-1265. DOI: 10.1177/0193945913490081


Theme #5: Mentoring

The articles in this section are intended to be used as a tool for mentoring health science students, research trainees, and academics.


Fredericks, S. (2016). Exploring the synergistic relationship between research and teaching. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 11(9), 444-445.

Hodnett, E., & Fredericks, S. (2005). Support during pregnancy for women at increased risk of low birth weight babies. Cochrane Systematic Review Database, 2, pp. 1-39.

Bechtold, A. & Fredericks, S. (2014). Key concepts in patient-centered care. American Nurse Today. Volume 9 · Issue 7: 35-36.

Fredericks, S., & DaSilva, M. (2007). A Canadian perception of the nursing practice, research, and theoretical implications associated with Autologous cell transplantation. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 22, 5, pp. 375-379. (Focus Article: Used for Continuing education credit).

Fredericks, S., Ibrahim, S., & Puri, R. (2009). Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery patient education: A systematic review. Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing, 24, 4, 162-168.

Fredericks, S., Lapum, J., Schwind, J., Beanlands, H., Romaniuk, D., McCay, E. (2012). Discussion of patient centered care in health organizations. Quality Management in Healthcare, 21, 3, 1-8.

Fredericks, S., Martorella, G. & Catallo, C. (2014). A systematic review of web-based educational interventions. Clinical Nursing Research. 1-23. DOI: 10.1177/1054773814522829

Fredericks, S., Schwind, J., Aksenchuk, K. (Winter 2012). Information access and systematic reviews: A discussion. Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, 7, 1. Available online at:

Fredericks, S. (February, 2014). Surviving the World of Academia: A brief commentary on strategies for success. American Nurse Today. Vol. 9 No. 2.

Fredericks, S. (April, 2014). Nurses and their ongoing engagement in nursing research: A brief commentary. Journal of Nursing and Care. Vol. 3 No. 2.