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Research, Development & Scholarly Activities

Committed to discovery

At Continuing Professional Development, we understand that your education is more than taking workshops and studying. We’ve developed a mission that also places a strong emphasis on creating new knowledge through research.

Our focus on research enables us to develop and provide:

  • new models for continued learning and professional development;
  • assessments of educational outcomes;
  • evaluations of the impact of our programs and innovations; and
  • explorations of personal, professional, organizational and system factors that influence educational outcomes.

Our projects

We’re always working on a wide variety of research. Recent research projects include:

  • The Atlantic Long-Term Care Network: Reducing polypharmacy in long-term care facilities in our region
  • A comprehensive evaluation of the Academic Detailing Service funded by the Drug Evaluation Alliance of Nova Scotia
  • Testing an evidence based model for facilitating performance feedback and improvement in residency education: what works and why?
  • Remediation in resident physicians in collaboration with the Postgraduate Medical Education
  • Program evaluation of the CAT and RAT courses

For more information
Click on the researchers below to find out more information about their research interests and publications.

Our researchers

Dr. Joan Sargeant


Interests:

    - Knowledge translation
    - Self-assessment
    - Feedback in health education

Publications:

Urquhart R, Sargeant J, Grunfeld E. Exploring the usefulness of two conceptual frameworks for understanding how organizational factors influence innovation implementation in cancer care. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2013; 33(1):48-58. (Abstract)

Sargeant J. Qualitative research part II: participants, analysis, and quality assurance. J  Grad Med Educ. 2012; 4(1):1-3. (Article via NLM)

Urquhart R, Kendell C, Sargeant J, Buduhan G, Johnson P, Rayson D, et al. How do surgeons decide to refer patients for adjuvant cancer treatment? Protocol for a qualitative study. Implement Sci. 2012; 7:102. (Article via NLM)

Kitto S, Bell M, Peller J, Sargeant J, Etchells E, Reeves S, et al. Positioning continuing education: boundaries and intersections between the domains continuing education, knowledge translation, patient safety and quality improvement. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2013; 18(1):141- 156. (Abstract)

Dr. Michael Allen


Interests:

    - Evidence-based practice
    - The Katie program

Publications:

Jin M, Naumann T, Regier L, Bugden S, Allen M, Salach L, et al. A brief overview of academic detailing in Canada: another role for pharmacists. Can Pharm J (Ott). 2012; 145(3):142-146. (Article via NLM)

Allen M, Kelly K, Fleming K. Uncertainty about the systolic blood pressure target in people with diabetes. Can Fam Physician. 2013; 59(2):128-31. (Article via NLM)

Allen M, Kelly K, Fleming I. Hypertension in elderly patients: recommended systolic targets are not evidence based. Can Fam Physician. 2013; 59(1):19-24. (Article via NLM)

Dr. Constance LeBlanc


Interests:
    - Polypharmacy in long-term care
    - The hidden curriculum
    - Knowledge translation

Publications:

LeBlanc C, Beaty L. The resident in difficulty or the difficult resident? In: Bandiera G, Dath D, editors. The Royal College program directors handbook. A practical guide for leading an exceptional program. Ottawa, ON: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; 2014. Ch. 14.

LeBlanc C, Chan B, Murphy N. Does your dog bite? Assessing and managing common animal bites. Canadian Journal of Diagnosis. 2016 Mar; 33(3).

LeBlanc C, Ross C. Mentorship for women in medicine. Dal Med J. 2012; 39(1): 33 - 35. (Article via DMJ)

Dr. Lara Hazelton


Interests:
    - Medical education
    - Faculty development

Projects:

  • A qualitative study exploring the experiences of faculty with designing and implementing remediation plans to help us understand practices and perspectives on remediation held by faculty
  • A qualitative pilot study testing an evidence-based model for facilitating competency-based performance feedback and improvement in residency education
  • A fully developed qualitative study testing an evidence-based model for facilitating competency-based performance feedback and improvement in residency education

Tanya MacLeod

Interests:
- Appropriate prescribing in the frail elderly in long-term care facilities across the Atlantic provinces

Michelle Boudreau


Interests:
    - Feedback and self-assessment
    - Coaching
    - Remediation
    - Faculty development in remediation
    - Faculty development in feedback
    - Residency education
    - Academic detailing

Projects:

  • A qualitative study exploring the experiences of faculty with designing and implementing remediation plans to help us understand practices and perspectives on remediation held by faculty
  • A qualitative pilot study testing an evidence-based model for facilitating competency-based performance feedback and improvement in residency education
  • A fully developed qualitative study testing an evidence-based model for facilitating competency-based performance feedback and improvement in residency education
  • A qualitative study on faculty understanding of absolute and relative statistical terms along with what they would require to start using these terms in their teaching