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