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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

Guruge, S., Sidani, S., Illesinghe, V., Younes, R., Bukhar, H., Altenberg, J., Rashid, M., Fredericks, S. (2019). Healthcare needs and health service utilization by Syrian refugee women in Toronto. Conflict and Health.12, 46.

Lapum, J., Fredericks, S., Bailey, B., Yau, T., Graham, J., & Marelli, A. (2018). Historical investigation of medical treatment for adult congenital heart disease: A Canadian Perspective. Congenital Heart Disease.1-8.

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. 

Vahabi, M., Beanlands, H., Sidani, S., Fredericks, S. (2012).South Asian Women’s Beliefs about Physical Activity and Dancing as a Form of Exercise. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 10, 2, 139-161. DOI:10.1080/15562948.2012.674002

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, 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, 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, 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 on outcomes of interest.

Schwind, J., Beanlands, H., McCay, E., Fredericks, S., Newman, K., Rose, D., Santa Mina, E., Schindel Martin, L., Sidani, S., Aiello, A., & Wang, A (2019).   A River journey: Metaphoric reflection on a study exploring Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – Skills Group with senior nursing students. Reflective Practice Journal

Fredericks, S. & Tsang, K. (2005). Autologous cell transplantation and a discussion of the implications for nursing practice. Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 15,2, pp. 26-29.

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.

Sidani, S., Fox, M., Streiner, D., Miranda, J., Fredericks, S., Epstein, D. (2015). Understanding the Influence of Treatment Preferences: A Two-Stage Randomized Trial of Behavioral Therapies for Insomnia. BMC Nursing, 14(57), 1-8. DOI: 10.1186/s12912-015-0108-4.

Martorella, G, Gélinas, C, Bérubé, M, Boitor, M, Fredericks, S, LeMay, S (2016). The effect of tailored Web-based interventions on pain in adults: A systematic review. protocol. Systematic Reviews. 5(59). 5:59. DOI: 10.1186/s13643-016-0233-5

Miranda, J., Fredericks, S., Fox, M., Sidani, S. (October 2017). Sleep and Cardiovascular Effects of Behavioural Therapies for Insomnia. British Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 12, 10, pp. 240-247

Fredericks, S., Lapum, J. L., & Gorospe, F. (2018). Examining the characteristics of health-related gaming interventions among congenital heart disease patients: A scoping review. On-Line Journal of Nursing Informatics22(1).

Fredericks, S. & Lapum, J. (2017). Examining the theoretical basis of quality of life interventions in the congenital heart disease population: A discussion paper. Primary Health Care. 27, 10, 30-33. doi: 10.7748/phc.2017.e1317.

Martorella, G., Boitor, M, Berube, M, Fredericks, S., Le May, S., Gelinas, C. (2017). Tailored web-based interventions for pain: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19, 11, 1-17.

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:

Lapum, J., Fredericks, S., Beanlands, H., McCay, E., Schwind, J., &
Romanuik, D. (2012). A cyborg ontology in health care: Traversing into the liminal    space between technology and person-centered practice. Nursing Philosophy, 13(4), 276-288. DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-769X.2012.00543.x

Fredericks, S., Sidani, S., Fox, M., Miranda, J. (September 2019). Strategies for balancing internal and external validity in evaluations of interventions. Nurse Researcher. doi: 10.7748/nr.2019.e1646

Fredericks, S.  (December 18, 2017). GUEST Editorial – peer reviewed- Creation and dissemination of research in cardiac nursing. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 12, 12. pp. 578-579

Fredericks, S., Lapum, J., Policelli, J. (October 2017). An alternative to RCTs in the case of sample heterogeneity? British Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 12, 11, pp. 532-537.

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., Lapum, J., Graham, J., Patel, J., Yau, T., Bailey, B., Marelli, A. (September 11, 2018). Examining the continuity of care for adults diagnosed with congenital heart disease living within the community setting: A scoping review. Primary Health Care.

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

Lapum, J., Fredericks, S., Liu, L., Yau, T., Retta., B., Jones, V & Hume, S (2016). Facilitators and barriers of heart surgery discharge: patients’ and nurses’ narrative accounts. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 31(4), 350-356. DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000253

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:

Liu, L., Lapum, J., Fredericks, S., Yau, T., & Micevski, V (2013). Music as an interpretive lens: Patients' experiences of discharge following open-heart surgery. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 14 (1), pg. 1-23. Retrieved from

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

Fredericks, S. & Sidani, S. (2008). An exploration of the relationship between CABG patients’ self-sought educational resources and outcomes. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 23, 5, pp. 422-431.

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. (2019). Using student engagement initiatives to invigorate a graduate program: A case presentation. Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal.

Beanlands, H., McCay, E., Sidani, S., Newman, K., Schwind, J., Aiello, A. Fredericks, S., Wang, A., Rose, D., Santa Mina, E., Schindel Martin, L. (2019). Decreasing stress and supporting emotional well-being among senior nursing students: A pilot test of an evidence-based intervention. Nurse Education Today. 76. 222-227.

Fredericks, S.,  Au Duong, J., Lamaj, P. (2018).  Using social media to network, converse, and build community within graduate nursing education. Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics. 13, 3.

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

Schwind, J., Beanlands, H., Lapum, J., Romaniuk, D., Fredericks, S., LeGrow, K., Edwards, S., McCay, E., & Crosby, J. (June 2014). Fostering person-centered care among nursing students: Creative pedagogical approaches to developing personal knowing. Journal of Nursing Education. Volume 53 · Issue 6: 343-347. DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20140520-01

Zanchetta, M., Taher, Y., Fredericks, S., Waddell, J., Fine, C., Sales, R. (2013). Undergraduate Nursing Students Integrating Health Literacy in Clinical Settings. Nurse Education Today, 33, 9, 1026-1033. Available online at:

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.

Schwind, J., McCay, E., Lapum, J., Fredericks, S, Beanlands, H., Romaniuk, D., Edwards, S., LeGrow, K. (August 2014). Developing a faculty research cluster using Narrative Reflective Process (NRP). Creative Nursing: A Journal of Values, Issues, Experience & Collaboration, 20, 3, pp. 164-170.

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.

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.