Guillaume Fontaine

Guillaume Fontaine, B.Sc.(N), M.Sc.(N), Ph.D.

Scientist, Centre for Nursing Research, Jewish General Hospital
CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Researcher, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Member, Centre for Implementation Research (CIR), The Ottawa Hospital
Member, Psychology and Health Research Group (PaHRG), The Ottawa Hospital

Using Behavioural and Implementation Sciences to Optimize Care

Guillaume Fontaine joined the Centre for Nursing Research as a Scientist in 2022. He is a CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Researcher in the Clinical Epidemiology Program of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He is also a member of the Ottawa Hospital’s Centre for Implementation Research (CIR) and Psychology and Health Research Group (PaHRG).

As an implementation scientist and health services researcher, he works across disciplines and settings to improve access to high-quality care for different populations and solve challenges within the health care system. His research draws on behavioural and implementation sciences, with a particular focus on disease prevention and health promotion in equity-deserving populations, digital health and the evaluation of novel Knowledge Translation and Implementation (KTI) strategies through systematic reviews and experimental designs. His research is grounded in theory, mobilizes key stakeholders and knowledge users, and utilizes a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches. Recently, he has become passionate about how approaches from implementation science can be used to improve access to high-quality hepatitis C care for different populations. He has secured more than $450,000 in competitive fellowship and research support funds for this program of research from CIHR, FRQS, the Canadian Network on Hepatitis C and the University of Ottawa.

He has authored more than 50 publications, and his research has led to numerous international, national and provincial conference presentations. He has been awarded the most competitive and prestigious postdoctoral, doctoral and master’s awards in Canada, including the CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship ($140,000; 2021–23), the CIHR Fellowship ($110,000; 2021–23), the CIHR Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship ($150,000; 2018–21) and the CIHR Frederick Banting & Charles Best Master’s Award ($17,500; 2015–16). In 2017, he received the Global Nursing Innovation Award from the World Division of Sanofi and the International Council of Nurses for his research on the development and evaluation of KTI strategies to implement behaviour change counselling in nurses’ practice in acute care settings. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Montreal.

Current Research Projects

Presseau, J., Grimshaw, J., Brehaut, J., Brouwers, M., Crawshaw, J., Fontaine, G., McCleary, N., Graham, I., Kothari, A., Manuel, D., Michie, S. & Patey, A. (2022). Using Behavioural Science Approaches to Optimise Public Health and Social Measures That Prevent COVID-19 Transmission and Infection in Priority Populations in Diverse Urban Settings. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Project Grant. (2022–2023).

Fontaine, G., Presseau, J., Bruneau, J., Patey, A., Mortazhejri, S., Høj, S. B., Boyer-Legault, G., & Grimshaw, J. (2021). Determining the Barriers and Enablers to Hepatitis C Antibody Screening and RNA Testing in Needle Syringe Programs: The HepCAST Theory-Based Qualitative Study with Key Stakeholders and People Who Inject Drugs. Canadian Network on Hepatitis C (CanHepC). (2021–2022).

Fontaine, G., Presseau, J., & Grimshaw, J. (2021). Contributing to Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Eradication in Canada: An Implementation Science-based Approach to Promoting Equitable Access to HCV Care for People Who Inject Drugs. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. (2021–2023).

Kronfli, N., Cox, J., Dussault, C., Fontaine, G., Gallant, E., Grimshaw, J., Mortazhejri, S., Ortiz-Paredes, D., Patey, A., Presseau, J. (2021). Determining Barriers and Facilitators to Hepatitis C Screening for People Incarcerated in Provincial Prisons. Canadian Network on Hepatitis C (CanHepC). (2021–2023).

Mortazhejri, S., Greenaway, C., Cooper, C., Fontaine, G., Pakhale, S., Patey, A., Presseau, J., & Grimshaw, J. (2021). Toward Eradication of Hepatitis C in Newcomers and Immigrants. Canadian Network on Hepatitis C (CanHepC). (2021–2023).

Selected Publications and Articles

Cunningham, E. B., Wheeler, A., Hajarizadeh, B., French, C., Roche, R., Marshall, A., Fontaine, G., Conway, A., Valencia, B. M., Bajis, S., Presseau, J., Ward, J. W., Degenhardt, L., Dore, G. J., Hickman, M., Vickerman, P., & Grebely, J. (2022).  Interventions to enhance testing and linkage to treatment for hepatitis C infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

Fontaine, G. & Cossette, S. (2021). A theory-based adaptive E-learning program aimed at increasing intentions to provide brief behavior change counseling: Randomized controlled trial. Nurse Education Today, 107.

Maheu-Cadotte, M-A., Lapierre, A., Fontaine, G., Mailhot, T. et Lavoie, P. (2021). Effect of simulation-based education on the preparedness of healthcare professionals for the COVID-19: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Science of Nursing and Health Practices, 4(1), 1-21.

Fontaine G., Zagury-Orly, I., Maheu-Cadotte, M.-A., Lapierre, A., Thibodeau-Jarry, N., de Denus, S., Lordkipanidzé, M., Dupont, P. et Lavoie, P. (2021). A Meta-Analysis of the Effect of Paper Versus Digital Reading on Reading Comprehension in Health Professional Education. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 85(10), 8525.

Lavoie, P., Lapierre, A., Maheu-Cadotte, M-A., Fontaine, G., Khetir, I., & Bélisle, M. (2021). Transfer of clinical decision-making outcomes in simulation-based education for nurses and physicians: A scoping review. Academic Medicine.

Cassidy, C., Bowen, S., Fontaine, G., Côté-Boileau, E., & Botting, I. (2020). Working collaboratively within the health system: Becoming an effective research partner—workshop summary and facilitator reflection. International Journal for Health Policy and Management, 9(6), 233–239.

Maheu-Cadotte, M.-A., Cossette, S., Dubé, V., Fontaine, G., Mailhot, T., Lavoie, P., Lavallée, A., & Deschênes, M.-F. (2020). Efficacy of serious games and influence of design elements on healthcare professionals’ and students’ engagement and learning outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Simulation in Healthcare.

Fontaine, G., Cossette, S., Maheu-Cadotte, M.-A., Mailhot, T., Lavoie, P., Gagnon, M.-P., Dubé, V., & Côté, J. (2020). Translation, adaptation and preliminary psychometric evaluation of a measure of engagement and a measure of cognitive load in a digital learning context. Pédagogie Médicale, 20 (2), 79-90.

Fontaine, G., Cossette, S., Maheu-Cadotte, M.-A., Deschênes, M.-F., Rouleau, G., Lavallée, A., Pépin, C., Ballard, A., Chicoine, G., Lapierre, A., Lavoie P., Blondin, J., & Mailhot, T. (2019). Effect of implementation interventions on nurses’ behaviour in clinical practice: A systematic review, meta-analysis and meta-regression protocol. Systematic Reviews, 8, article no. 305.

Fontaine, G., Maheu-Cadotte, M.-A., Lavallée, A., Mailhot, T., Rouleau, G., Bouix-Picasso, J., & Bourbonnais, A. (2019). Communicating science in the digital and social media ecosystem: Scoping review and typology of strategies used by health scientists. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, 5(3), e14447.

Fontaine, G., Cossette, S., Maheu-Cadotte, M.-A., Mailhot, T., Deschênes, M.-F., Mathieu-Dupuis, G., Côté, J., Gagnon, M.-P., & Dubé, V. (2019). Efficacy of adaptive e-learning for health professionals and students: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open, 9, e025252.

Fontaine, G., Cossette, S., Maheu-Cadotte, M.-A., Mailhot, T., Heppell, S., Roussy, C., Côté, J., Gagnon, M.-P., & Dubé, V. (2019). Behavior change counseling training programs for nurses and nursing students: A systematic descriptive review. Nurse Education Today, 82, 37–50.

Fontaine, G., Cossette, S., Heppell, S., Boyer, L., Mailhot, T., Simard, M.-J., & Tanguay, J.-F. (2016). Evaluation of a web-based e-learning platform for brief motivational interviewing by nurses in cardiovascular care: a pilot study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 8(18), e224.

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