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Richard Sawatzky - new affilliate professor in nursing

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The vice chancellor of the University of Gothenburg has decided to affiliate Dr Richard Sawatzky as a professor of nursing, starting in March 2018, for a period of five years.

Richard Sawatzky holds a PhD, is a registered nurse and a professor at Trinity Western University's School of Nursing, Langley in British Columbia, Canada.

Dr. Richard Sawatzky holds a Canada Research Chair in person-centred outcomes at the Trinity Western University School of Nursing and is the lead on Patient-Reported Outcomes at the University of British Columbia Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS). He is also working on patient-centred measurement methods with the British Columbia Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit.

Dr Sawatzky leads a program of research that focuses on the validation and use of person-centred health outcome measures and quality of life assessment instruments, with a particular emphasis on integrating a palliative approach to care for people who have chronic life-limiting illnesses.

His current research include projects on:
a) the development and evaluation of statistical methods for patient-reported outcomes measurement in diverse populations
b) the integration of electronic quality of life assessments in clinical practice for older adults who have life-limiting illnesses, and their family caregivers
c) the selection and utilization of person-centred measures for healthcare decision making; the integration of a palliative approach


Dr. Sawatzky’s clinical background is in palliative care and medical nursing care. He teaches undergraduate courses on nursing research, medical and surgical nursing, nursing care of older adults, health assessment and courses on knowledge synthesis and quantitative research methods in the master of science in nursing programme.