McMaster University

McMaster University

Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen

Sharon Kaasalainen

Associate Professor, School of Nursing
RN, BScN (McMaster), MSc (University of Toronto), PhD (McMaster)


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McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
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Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1


Profile

Dr. Kaasalainen joined the School of Nursing in 2002 as an Assistant Professor. In 2007 she completed a two year CHSRF Post Doctoral Fellowship at McMaster University and was an Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Career Scientist from 2008-2011 and a HSFO/Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing Research Fellow in 2012. Currently, Dr. Kaasalainen is an Associate member of the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and Honorary Professor at Queens University Belfast.

Honours

2016  President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision Award Nominee

 

Research/Scholarship

Dr. Kaasalainen’s research program is focused on improving the quality of life for people living in long term care (LTC) homes with a particular focus on pain management and palliative care. Other areas of interest include examining the role of nurse practitioners in LTC and ways to optimize this role to enhance resident care. She has received research funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care; both as a principal and co-investigator with the primary focus on improving quality of care for LTC residents.


Selected Grants

  • Jan 2017-Jan 2021:  Principal Applicant

    Improving Quality of Living and Dying for People with Advanced Dementia and their Caregivers.

    Kaasalainen S, Hunter P (co-PIs). Co-Investigators: Baxter S, Coker E, dal Bello-Haas V, Dolovich L, Hadjistavropoulos T, McAiney C, Papaioannou A, Ploeg J, Thabane L, Sussman T, Thompson G, Wickson-Griffiths A.  Funded by CIHR - Social Inclusion for Individual with Dementia and Carers, $498,350

  • June 2017-June 2022:  Co- Investigator

    Renewal of the Clinical Frailty Network.

    Team Leader: Muscedere J.

    Funded by Health Canada as a Network of Center of Excellence (NCE), $23,900,000

  • June 2017-June 2020:  Co- Principal Investigator

    Improving Advance Care Planning for Frail Elderly Canadians

    Team Leader: You, J.

    Co-Principal Investigators: Gutman G., Howard M, Kaasalainen S, Sussman T. Co-investigators: Kryworuchko, J., Fowler, R., Bernard, C.; Allatt, P., Bourgeois-Guérin, V., Tan, A., Urquhart, R., Lask, D., Sharmn, Block, S., Jayaraman, D., Kobewka, D., Swinton, M., Sudore, R., Slaven, M., Myers, J., Devries, B., Simon, J., Abelson, J., Sinuff, T., Downar, J., Dodek, P., Thompson, G., Taneja, R., McCleary, L., Gutman, Day, A. Funded by the Clinical Frailty Network, Transformative Grant Program, $2,999,991.

  • 2015-2018: Principal Applicant

    Partnering Together to Improve Palliative Care in Long Term Care

    Kaasalainen S, Costello A, Hunter P, Neves P, Sussman T, Thompson G, Venturato L. (Co-Principal Investigators); Co-investigators: Akhtar-Danesh N, Bourgeois-Guérin V, Chochinov H, dal Bello-Haas V, Duggleby W, Earl M, Goodridge D, Hadjistavropoulos T, Holtslander L, McCleary L, McClement S, O’Leary J, Papaioannou A, Parker D, Ploeg J, Sinclair S, Strachan P, Thorpe L, Touchette C, Trinidad G, You J, Young L.  Co-funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Partnerships in Health System Improvement; Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions; Manitoba Health Research Council; Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care; Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, for $740,000. June 1 2015- June 1 2018.

  • 2015-2017: Principal Applicant.

    The Feasibility, Acceptability, and Effects of the Namaste Care Program for Residents with Advanced Dementia in Long Term Care.

    Kaasalainen S, Hunter P, dal Bello-Haas V, Dolovich L, Froggatt K, Hadjistavropoulos T, Markle-Reid M, Ploeg J, Thabane L, van der Steen J, Volicer L. Funded by the Canadian Alzheimers Society (2015-2017), $119,780. July 1, 2015 - December 30, 2017

  • February 2016- Jan 2017:  Co-Investigator

    Feasibility Study of an On-Line Intervention for Family Caregivers of Residential-Living Frail Older Persons.

    Principal Investigator: Duggleby, W (PI), Co-investigators: Ploeg, J, McAiney, C., Parmar, J., Holroyd-Leduc, J., Peacock, .S., Brazil, K.,  Nekolaichuk, C.,  Ghosh, S., Forbes, D., Kaasalainen, S., Huhn, A. (KU), Classen, K. (KU), Woodhead Lyons, S (KU)., & Baxter, S. (KU).  TVN Catalyst Grant, $74,254.

  • April 2016-Sept 2018:  Co-Investigator

    The SMArT VIEW, CoVeRed: TecHnology Enabled Self-MAnagemenT - Vision for patient monitoring and EmpoWerment following Cardiac and VasculaR surgery. (PIs: Michael McGillion, PJ Devereaux. The SMArT VIEW team (including S. Kaasalainen). Hamilton Health Sciences. Budget Amount: $300,000.

  • Oct 2015-Sept 2019:  Co-Investigator 

    The SMArT VIEW, CoVeRed: TecHnology Enabled monitoring and Self-MAnagemenT - Vision for patient EmpoWerment following Cardiac and VasculaR surgery. The SMArT VIEW team (including S. Kaasalainen). Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), eHealth Innovation Partnership Program (eHIPP) Grant. Budget Amount: $12,381,275 (CIHR: 750,000; Cash: 50,000; In-Kind: 11,581,275).

  • 2013-2018: Co-investigator.

    Innovative community-based approaches to promote optimal aging for older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) and their caregivers.

    Ploeg J, Akhtar-Danesh N, Anderson C, Baptiste S, Bender D, Bournes D, Duggleby W, Emili A, Farrell M, Feldman S, Forbes D, Fraser K, Gafni A, Ganann R, Garnett A, Ghosh S, Gibson M, Griffith L, Gruneir A, Hirst S, Kaasalainen S, Keefe J, Markle-Reid M, Matthew-Maich N, McAiney C, Paetkau S, Patterson C, Peacock S, Rojas-Fernandez C, Sadowski C, Triscott J. Grant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Research - Team, $2,500,000, 2013/4-2018/3.

  • 2014-2017: Co-investigator.

    Community and Research Alliance for Quality of Life in Older Adults (The QOL Team).

    Hadjistavropoulos, T., Thorpe, L., Whiting, S., Hunter, P, Alfano, D., Malloy, D., Kaasalainen, S, Dal Bellos Haas, V., Lix, L., Martin, R. (Collaborators: Jaime Williams, Jane Alcorn, Phil Chilibeck, Dan Kohl, Gretta Lynn Ell, Vanessa Ripley, Donna Bleakney. SHRF, $717,881.00. 2014/1 - 2017/1 

  • Dal-Bello-Haas, V., & Kaasalainen, S. (Co-Principal Investigators). Enhancing optimal aging: An Examination of a Unique Adult Day Service Model for Older Adults. Labarge Foundation, 2014-2016, $131,006. 
  • Hadjistavropoulos, T., Thorpe, L., Whiting, S., Hunter, P, Alfano, D., Malloy, D., Kaasalainen, S., Dal Bellos Haas, V., Lix, L., Martin, R. Community and Research Alliance for Quality of Life in Older Adults (The QOL Team)., Grant, SHRF, 2014-2017, $717,881.

  • Chauhan, U., Stretton,  J., Armstrong, D., Halder, S., Marshall, J., Tse, F., Kaasalainen, S., Moayyedi, P. Telephone vs. Conventional follow-up in the management of patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease – A Nurse Practitioner-led initiative, Grant, Clinical Health Professional Operating Grant (HPI award), 2014-2015, $19,236.

  • Neville, A., Whyte, R., Levinson, A., Woo, T., Vrkljan, B., Kaasalainen, S., Dal-Bello Haas, V., Hawkins, P. An Innovative Interprofessional Educational Approach to Caring for Older Adults, Grant, Labarge Foundation, 2014-2015, $100,000.
  • Ploeg, J., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Anderson, C., Baptiste, S., Bender, D., Bournes, D., Duggleby, W., Emili, AM., Farrell, M., Feldman, S., Forbes, D., Fraser, K., Gafni, A., Ganann, R., Garnett, A., Ghosh, S., Gibson, M., Griffith, L., Gruneir, A., Hirst, S., Kaasalainen, S., Keefe, J., Markle-Reid, M., Matthew-Maich, N., McAiney, C., Paetkau, S., Patterson, C., Peacock, S., Rojas-Fernandez, C., Sadowski, C., Triscott, J. Community-based approaches to promote optimal aging for older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) and their caregivers, Grant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 2013-2018, $2,500,000.

  • Kelley, ML., & Kaasalainen, S. (Co-Principal Investigators). Improving Quality of Life for Elderly People Who are Dying in LTC Homes. Co-Investigators: Habjan, S., Brazil, K., Wiersma, E., McAiney, C., Wolfson, S. SSHRC, 2009-2014, $998,340.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Teaching

2014       BScN Program, McMaster University
              PBL, Problem Based Learning, Year 3
              4NR3, Nursing Research, Year 4

Graduate Teaching

Dr. Kaasalainen supervises both Masters and PhD students in the graduate program.


Selected Publications

 
  • Durepos P., Wickson-Griffiths, A., Hazzan, A.A., Kaasalainen, S., Vastis, V., Battistella, L., Papaioannou, A. (2017). Assessing the Palliative Care Content of Dementia Care Guidelines: A Systematic Review. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 0-31. http://dx.doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2016.10.368

  • Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Fraser, K., Fisher, K., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Bartholomew, A., Gafni, A., Gruneir, A., Hirst, S., Kaasalainen, S., Kelly Stradiotto, C., Miklavcic, J., Rojas-Fernandez, C., Sadowski, C., Thabane, L., Triscott, J., Upshur, R. (2017) The ACHRU-CPP versus usual care for older adults with type 2 diabetes and multiple chronic conditions and their family caregivers: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 18:55. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-017-1795-9.

  • Ploeg, J., Matthew-Maich, N., Fraser, K., Dufour, S., McAiney, C., Kaasalainen, S., Markle-Reid, M., Upshur, R., Cleghorn, L., Emili, A. (2017). Managing multiple chronic conditions in the community: A Canadian qualitative study of the experiences of older adults, family caregivers and healthcare providers. BMC Geriatrics, 17:40. doi:10.1186/s12877-017-0431-6.

  • Heckman, G.A., Boscart, V.M., D’Elia, T., Kelley, M.L., Kaasalainen, S., McAiney, C.A., van der Horst, M.L., McKelvie, R.S. (2016). Managing heart failure in long-term care: Recommendations from an interprofessional stakeholder consultation. Canadian Journal on Aging, 35 (4): 447–464. doi:10.1017/S071498081600043X.

  • Wickson-Griffiths A, Kaasalainen S & Herr K. (2016). Interdisciplinary approaches to managing pain in older adults. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 32(4). doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2016.06.013

  • Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Fisher, K., Reimer, H., Kaasalainen, S., Gafni, A., Gruneir, A., Kirkconnell, R., Marzouk, S., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Thabane, L., Rojas-Fernandez, C., Upshur, R. (2016). The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit – Community Partnership Program for Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes and Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Feasibility Study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 2:24.

  • Kaasalainen S, Wickson-Griffiths, A, Akhtar-Danesh, N, Brazil K, Donald F, Martin-Misener R, Dicenso A, Hadjistavropoulos T & Dolovich L. (2016). The effectiveness of a nurse practitioner-led pain management team in long term care: A mixed methods study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 62:156-167. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2016.07.022.

  • Kaasalainen, S., Brazil, K., Williams, A., Wilson, DM., Willison, K., Marshall, D., Taniguchi, A., Phillips, C. (2014). Nurses’ Experiences Providing Palliative Care to Individuals Living in Rural Communities: Aspects of the Physical Residential Setting. Rural and Remote Health, 14, online.

  • Kaasalainen, S. Improving pain management in long term care homes using an action-based approach. J. Hockley, K. Heimerl & K. Froggatt (Eds), Participatory Research in Palliative Care: Actions and Reflections, 2013. London: Oxford University Press.

  • Kaasalainen, S., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Zwakhalen, S., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Verreault, R. (2013). A comparison between behavioral and verbal report pain assessment tools for use with residents in long term care. Pain Management Nursing, 14(4):e106-14. DOI:10.1016/j.pmn.2011.08.006.

  • Kaasalainen, S., Brazil, K., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Coker, E., Ploeg, J., Donald, F., Martin-Misener, R., DiCenso, A., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Dolovich, L., Papaioannou, P. The evaluation of an interdisciplinary pain protocol in long-term care. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, published online, doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2012.05.013.

  • Brazil, K., Brink, P., Kaasalainen, S., Kelly, ML., McAiney, C. (2012). Knowledge and perceived competence among nurses caring for the dying in long-term care homes. Int J Palliat Nursing, 18(2), 77-83.
  • Kaasalainen, S., Dolovich, L., Papaioannou, A., Pleog, J., Holbrook, A., Lau, E., Cosby, J., Levine, M., Emili, A. (2011). Medication management for older adults who have dementia. Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness, 3, 407–418.
  • Kaasalainen, S., Stewart, N., Middleton, J., Knezacek, S., Hartley, T., Ife, C. & Robinson, L. (2011). The development and psychometric evaluation of the Pain Assessment in the Communicatively Impaired (PACI) tool: Part 1. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 17(8)387-391.
  • Kaasalainen, S., Stewart, N., Middleton, J., Knezacek, S., Hartley, T., Ife, C. & Robinson, L. (2011). The development and psychometric evaluation of the Pain Assessment in the Communicatively Impaired (PACI) tool: Part 2. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 17(9), 431-438.
  • Kaasalainen, S., Strachan, P., Brazil, K., Willison, K., Marshall, D., Dolovich, L., Taniguchi, A., Demers, C. (2011). Managing palliative care for patients with advanced heart failure. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 43(3), 38-57.
  • Kaasalainen, S., Brazil, K., Wilson, D., Willison, K., Marshall, D., Taniguchi, A. & Williams, A. (2011). Palliative care nursing in rural and urban community settings: A comparative analysis. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 17(7), 344-352.
  • Hadjistavropoulos, T., Janzen Claude, J.A., Hadjistavropoulos, H.D., Marchildon, G.P., Kaasalainen, S., Gallagher, R. & Beattie, B.L. (2011). Stakeholder opinions on a transformational model of pain management in long-term care.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 37(7), 40-51.
  • Evers, C, Ploeg J, Kaasalainen S. (2011). Case study of the attitudes and values of nursing students toward caring for older adults. Journal of Nursing Education, 50(7), 404-409.
  • DiCenso, A., Martin-Misener, R., Bryant-Lukosius, D., Bourgeault, I., Kilpatrick, K., Donald, F., Kaasalainen, S., Harbman, P., Carter, N., Kioke, S., Abelson, J., McKinlay, R.J., Pasic, D., Wasyluk, B., Vohra, J., Charbonneau-Smith, R. (2010). Advanced practice nursing in Canada: Overview of a decision support synthesis. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 23, 15-34.
  • Kaasalainen, S., Martin-Misener, R., Kilpatrick, K., Harbman, P., Bryant-Lukosius, D., Donald, F., Carter, N., Kioke, S., DiCenso, A. (2010). An historical overview of the development of advanced practice nursing roles in Canada. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 23, 35-60.
  • Martin-Misener, R., Bryant-Lukosius, D., Harbman, P., Donald, F., Kaasalainen, S., Carter, N., DiCenso, A. (2010). Education of advanced practice nurses in Canada. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 23, 61-87.
  • Donald, F., Martin-Misener, R., Bryant-Lukosius, D., Kilpatrick, K., Kaasalainen, S., Kioke, S., Carter, N., Harbman, P., Bourgeault, I., DiCenso, A. (2010). The primary healthcare nurse practitioner role in Canada. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 23, 88-113.
  • Kilpatrick, K., Harbman, P., Carter, N., Martin-Misener, R., Bryant-Lukosius, D., Donald, F., Kaasalainen, S., Kioke, S., Bourgeault, I., DiCenso, A. (2010). The acute care nurse practitioner role in Canada. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 23, 114-139.
  • Bryant-Lukosius, D., Carter, N., Kilpatrick, K., Martin-Misener, R., Donald, F., Kaasalainen, S., Harbman, P., Bourgeault, I., DiCenso, A. (2010). The clinical nurse specialist role in Canada. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 23, 140-166.
  • Donald, F., Bryant-Lukosius, D., Kaasalainen, S., Martin-Misener, R., Kilpatrick, K., Kioke, S., Carter, N., Harbman, P., Bourgeault, I., DiCenso, A. (2010). Clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners: Title confusion and lack of role clarity. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 23, 167-188.
  • DiCenso, A., Martin-Misener, R., Donald, F., Carter, N., Bryant-Lukosius, D., Bourgeault, I., Abelson, J., Kilpatrick, K., Kaasalainen, S., Harbman, P., Kioke, S. (2010). Barriers and facilitators to advanced practice nursing role development and integration in Canada. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 23, 189-210.
  • Carter, N., Martin-Misener, R., Kilpatrick, K., Kaasalainen, S., Donald, F., Bryant-Lukosius, D., Harbman, P., Bourgeault, I., Kioke, S., DiCenso, A. (2010). The role of nursing leadership in integrating clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners in healthcare delivery in Canada. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 23, 211-238.
  • DiCenso, A., Bourgeault, I., Martin-Misener, R., Kaasalainen, S., Kioke, S., Carter, N., Harbman, I., Donald, F., Bryant-Lukosius, D., Kilpatrick, K. (2010).  Utilization of nurse practitioners to increase patient access to primary healthcare in Canada – Thinking outside the box. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 23, 239-259.
  • Kaasalainen, S., Agarwal, G., Dolovich, L., Papaioannou, A., Brazil, K., & Akhtar-Danesh, N. Nurses’ perception of their medication management system in long-term care (2010). Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 42(4), 58–79.
  • Kaasalainen, S., Brazil, K., Coker, E., Ploeg, J., Martin-Misener, R., Donald, F., DiCenso, A., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Dolovich, L., Papaioannou, P., Emili, A., & Burns, T. (2010). An action-based approach to improving pain management in long-term care. Canadian Journal on Aging, 29 (4), 503– 517.
  • Kaasalainen S, Williams J, Hadjistavropoulos T, Thorpe L, Whiting S, Neville S, Tremeer J. (2010).  Creating bridges between researchers and long term care homes to promote quality of life for residents. Qualitative Health Research, 20(12), 1689–1704.
  • Brazil K, Kaasalainen S, Ploeg J. & Marshall D. (2010). A study on moral distress experienced by health care professionals who provide home-based palliative care. Social Science & Medicine, 71, 1687-1691.
  • Williams J, Kaasalainen S, Hadjistavropoulos T, Scudds R, Thorpe L, Neville S, Tremeer J & Andersen D (2010). A qualitative investigation of injurious falls in long-term care: perspectives of staff members. Disability and Rehabilitation, Early Online, 1-10.
  • Kaasalainen S, Martin-Misener R, Donald F, DiCenso A, Carter N, Baxter P. (2010). The nurse practitioner role in pain management in long-term care. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66(3), 542–551.
  • Coker, E., Papaioannou, A., Kaasalainen, S., Turpie, I., Dolovich, L., Taniguchi, A. (2010). Nurses’ perceived barriers to optimal pain management in older adults on acute medical units. Applied Nursing Research, 23(3), 139-46.
  • Hadjistavropoulos T, Marchildon G, Fine P, Herr K, Palley H, Kaasalainen S, Beland F. (2009). Transforming Long-Term Care Pain Management in North America: The Policy-Clinical Interface. Pain Medicine, 10(3), 506-520.
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