Final Oral Examination
Allison Fielding (MHS Program)
Date: December 18, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. (MT)
Title of Thesis: Health Outcomes in a Primary Care Network Interdisciplinary Team Program
Supervisor: Dr. Terra Murray
Final oral examinations are held using Adobe Connect. Students and members of the faculty are invited to attend. Please contact email@example.com for more details.
Optimizing interdisciplinary teams through the advancement of primary care presents an opportunity to support the sustainability of the health care system. However, there is mixed evidence regarding the impact of interdisciplinary teams on patient outcomes in primary care. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between select patient reported health outcomes following participation in an interdisciplinary primary care program for adults with chronic disease. Retrospective data was analyzed for 212 patients who had completed indicators of depression (PHQ-9), quality of life (EQ-5D-5L) and self-management (PAM) at entry to the program and at 6-month follow up. The results revealed improvement in depression, overall self rated quality of life and self management after attendance in the program. However, functional quality of life was generally not improved. These findings add to the literature supporting the role of interdisciplinary teams in helping to improve patient health outcomes.
- QE II scholarship ~$3500
- Provincial Graduate Student Scholarship ~$3000
- Fielding, A., Taylor, L.M., Moriartey, S., & Stadynk, J. (2019). Evaluation of a Patient Experience Tool in Dietetic Practice: Validation and Clinical Usage of the Assessment of Registered Dietitian Care Survey (ARCS). Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research; 80(20): 48-54.
Governor General’s Gold Medal Award Winner
Congratulations to Norine Wark
Doctor of Education in Distance Education (EdD) Student, on receiving the 2019 Governor General’s Gold Medal Award. This award is to recognize the outstanding performance of a graduate student in an academic institution. The award takes into account overall academic excellence through coursework, research, awards and distinctions. Norine accepted the award and gave the student address on June 7, 2019 at Athabasca University’s annual convocation.
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Canadian Graduate Scholarship – Master’s (CGS-M) Winners
The Faculty of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce Athabasca University’s winners of the Canadian Graduate Scholarship (Masters), who have been awarded $17,500.00 over 12 months. Congratulations and good luck in your continued studies.
Cari Borenko Hoffmann
Is a Master of Health Studies (MHS) student in the Faculty of Health Disciplines and has received an award from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) for her research titled “Advance Care Planning and The Law”
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Is a Master of Science in Information Systems (MScIS) student in the Faculty of Science and Technology and has received an award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for her research titled “Design, Development and Evaluation of a Lifestyle-integrated Learning Support Tool”
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AU's 2019 Three Minute Thesis (3MT ®) competition
Dustin Purnell (MC graduate), went on to represent AU at the 3MT Western Regional Competition which was held at the University of Northern British Columbia on April 17, 2019. Dustin did a fantastic job and made AU very proud! Way to go Dustin!
Supervisor: Dr. Simon Nuttgens
3MT Title: Ethical Tensions in Sex Addiction Counselling
Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision (AEGSS)
The AEGSS recognizes excellence in advising, monitoring and mentoring graduate students engaged in project, theses, or dissertation work by Athabasca University academic staff members and is awarded annually to up to two academic staff members. The Faculty of Graduate Studies would like to congratulate this years' 2018 AEGSS award recipient: Dr. Beth Perry Mahler, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Faculty of Health Disciplines. Beth was honored at this years' 2018 AU Employee Recognition Event & Christmas Social for her superior supervisory and mentoring abilities to interest, stimulate and excite students to motive them to achieve high standards.