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Faculty of Community Services

Suzanne Fredericks

Title:

RN, PhD

Telephone:

416-979-5000, ext. 557978

Email Address:

sfrederi@ryerson.ca

Specialization:

  • Quantitative research methods
  • Issues in cardiovascular surgical nursing practice
  • Scoping, systematic, and meta-analytic reviews
  • Issues in clinical trials research
  • Research mentorship and training

Biography:

I am a nurse scientist whose program of research focuses on designing and evaluating interventions to support patients undergoing invasive surgical procedures. I have received advanced research methods training through the Canadian Institute of Health Research Randomized Controlled Trials Mentorship Training Program and the Cochrane Collaboration. 

I  teach in both the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs and am an active member of the Maurice Yeates School of Graduate Studies.

Currently, I hold a cross appointment at the Toronto General Research Institute as a Clinical Scientist. I am also a Handling Editor for the BMC Health Services Research journal and an Associate Editor for the British Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. In addition, I have served as the Editor for the Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Research Interests:

Research interests:

  • Designing and evaluating interventions to support individuals following invasive surgical procedures.

Research projects:

EXTERNAL RESEARCH FUNDING

Title of Proposal: Patients’ hospital discharge experience following heart surgery
Funding source: Canadian Institute of Health Research
Year: 2011
Program: Randomized Controlled Trial Mentoring Grant
Amount: 160,000.00
Duration: 2 years
Principal Investigator: Dr. Suzanne Fredericks
Co-Investigators: Dr. Terrence Yau
Status: Awarded

Title of Proposal: Patients’ hospital discharge experience following heart surgery
Funding source: University of Western Ontario Primary Health Care Systems Program - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Year: 2010
Program: Operating Grant
Amount: 9365
Duration: 6 months
Principal Investigator: Dr. Suzanne Fredericks
Co-Investigators: Dr. Souraya Sidani, Dr. Sean Clarke
Status: Awarded

INTERNAL RESEARCH FUNDING

Title of Proposal: Reducing hospital readmissions for patients diagnosed with heart failure: A scoping review
Funding source: Ryerson University
Year: 2010
Program: Work Study Research Assistant Program
Amount: 7107
Duration: 6 months
Principal Investigator: Dr. Suzanne Fredericks
Co-Investigators: Dr. Jasna Schwind
Status: Awarded

Title of Proposal: Patients’ hospital discharge experience following heart surgery
Funding source: Faculty of Community Services Operating Grant
Year: 2010
Program: Operating Grant
Amount: 5000
Duration: 6 months
Principal Investigator: Dr. Suzanne Fredericks
Co-Investigators: Dr. Souraya Sidani, Dr. Sean Clarke
Status: Awarded

Current Courses:

  • NUR 80: Nursing Research
  • MN 8901: Quantitative Research Methods
  • MN 8910: Theoretical Perspectives of Health and Illness

Selected Publications:

Last five years:

  • 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.
  • 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. http://www.jmir.org/2017/11/e385/
  • 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.
  • 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. (2017). Examining the theoretical basis of quality of life interventions in the congenital heart disease population: A discussion paper. Primary Health Care.
  • Fredericks, S. (2017). Scoping Review: Online Gaming Interventions for Patients With Congenital Heart Disease. Case Studieshttp://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526423436
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2016.11.001
  • 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. http://cjni.net/journal/?p=4919
  • Fredericks, S. (2016). Exploring the synergistic relationship between research and teaching. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 11(9), 444-445.
  • 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.
  • 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).http://www.systematicreviewsjournal.com/content/5/1/59. 5:59 DOI: 10.1186/s13643-016-0233-5
  • Fredericks, S. & Guruge, S. (2016). Cardiovascular interventions for immigrant women: A scoping review. Clinical Nursing Research.1 (21), 1-22. DOI: 10.1177/1054773816643935.
  • 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. & Guruge, S. (accepted). Determining the extent to which cardiovascular based interventions support immigrant women. Clinical Nursing Research.
  • 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.
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10376178.2015.1089179
  • 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. & 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. – Editor’s Pick
  • 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., 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. (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.
  • Lapum, J., Fredericks, S., Liu, L., Yau, T., Retta., B., Jones, V & Hume, S (2015). Facilitators and barriers of heart surgery discharge: patients’ and nurses’ narrative accounts. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000253
  • 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
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/1078-4535.20.3.164
  • Bechtold, A. & Fredericks, S. (2014). Key concepts in patient-centered care. American Nurse Today. Volume 9, Issue 7: 35-36. http://www.americannursetoday.com/assets/0/434/436/440/11662/11664/11676/11720/7ba8fd15-971f-4ced-8f20-bdef86a49b79.pdf
  • 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
  • Fredericks, S. (April, 2014). Nurses and their ongoing engagement in nursing research: A brief commentary. Journal of Nursing and Care. Vol. 3 No. 2. http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2167-1168.1000155.
  • Fredericks, S. (February, 2014). Surviving the World of Academia: A brief commentary on strategies for success. American Nurse Today. Vol. 9 No. 2. http://www.americannursetoday.com/Article.aspx?id=11226&fid=11176#comments
  • 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. & Yau, T. (2014). Preparing for a randomized controlled trial: Strategies to optimize the design of a cardiovascular surgical patient education intervention. Applied Nursing Research.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apnr.2013.11.009
  • 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. & 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. & 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: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14635240.2013.818299
  • Fredericks, S. & Bechtold, A. (2013). Challenges associated with delivering education to patients after heart surgery. Japan Journal of Nursing Science. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1742-7924. doi: 10.1111/jjns.12022
  • 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: http://cjni.net/journal/?p=2538.
  • 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 http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1812
  • 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2012.05.008

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  • DCC-547, Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex