Margaret Purden

Scientific Director, Centre for Nursing Research, Jewish General Hospital.

Project Director, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital.

Associate Professor, Assistant Director Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University.

The Couple Perspective in Adjustment to Illness

Dr. Margaret Purden has been the Scientific Director of the Centre for Nursing Research since 1999. Dr. Purden is an Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of the PhD program at the Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University and Project Director at the JGH's Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research (LDI). Dr. Purden's research interests include: psychosocial factors influencing the long-term adjustment patterns of cardiac patients and their spouses; gender differences and psychosocial adjustment to cardiac disease; the role of family care giving in patient recovery; the marital relationship and recovery from illness; and the health care costs associated with long-term adjustment. Recent work in this area includes a longitudinal study funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) concerning Mates Adjustment to Coronary Heart Disease (MATCHD) and collaboration on a FRSQ funded project to study psychosocial adjustment in patients with Early Inflammatory Arthritis and their family members. This work has been presented at the scientific sessions of the American Heart Association, Canadian Cardiovascular Congress and the American Psychosomatic Association. She is a co-investigator with the Canadian Cardiovascular Nursing Research Training Program, funded by the CIHR, and is collaborating with researchers from the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) and the Montreal Heart Institute to test an intervention for cardiac patients discharged from the emergency department. A randomized control trial of a telehealth nursing intervention (VITAL) for coronary artery bypass patients funded by GRISIM is being conducted by her doctoral student. Dr. Purden's graduate students hold fellowships from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, GRISIM and FERASI.

At the same time Dr. Purden has conducted considerable work in the growing areas of Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Interprofessional Practice. (IPP). Her previously funded work as principal investigator involved examining strategies to promote collaborative patient-centered practice on an inpatient medical unit. A second project explored an educational program to promote IPE with family medicine residents and nursing students. She has experience leading interprofessional research teams and has participated on several large project teams for previous Health Canada initiatives. The results from these projects have been presented at national and international conferences for nursing, medicine and IPE. Her most recent work included a systematic review of IPE for collaborative patient-centered practice that was conducted for Health Canada. As well, her recent article, Cultural considerations in interprofessional education and practice, addresses important issues concerning cultural competency in health care from the Canadian perspective. Dr. Purden is currently co-lead investigator on a 1.3 million dollar project entitled The McGill Educational Initiative on Interprofessional Collaboration: Partnerships for Patient and Family-Centred Practice.

Current Research Projects

Gélinas, C.,Laporta, D., Amaral, A., Bernard, F., Bérubé, M., Burry, L., Charbonney, E., Choinière, M., Dubé, J. N., Houle, J., Lavoie-Tremblay, M., Milhomme, D., Morin, S., Perreault, M., Purden, M., Rochefort, C., Rose, L., Scales, D., Thiffault, N., Tousignant-Laflamme, Y., Williamson, D. et al. Managing Pain In Collaboration in the ICU (MPIC-ICU): Impact on clinical practices and patient outcomes. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Project Grant. 2020-2024

Selected Publications and Papers

Lavoie, P., Clarke, S. P., Clausen, C.,Purden, M., Emed, J., Mailhot, T., Fontaine, G., & Frunchak, V. (Epub ahead of print 2020). Nurses’ judgments of patient risk of deterioration at change-of-shift handoff: Agreement between nurses and comparison with early warning scores. Heart & Lung. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2020.02.037.

Clausen, C., Emed, J., Frunchak, V., Purden, M., & Bruno, F. (2019). Toward resilient nurse leaders: The Leadership-in-Action Program in nursing. Nursing Leadership, 32(3), 40-56. doi: 10.12927/cjnl.2019.25973

Kayser, J.W., Cossette, S., Côté, J., Tanguay, J-F., Tremblay, J-F., Diodati, J.G., Bourbonnais, A., Purden, M., Juneau,M., Terrier J., Dupuis, J., Maheu-Cadotte, M-A., & Cournoyer, D. (2019). A webbased tailored nursing intervention (TAVIE en m@rche) aimed at increasing walking after an acute coronary syndrome: Multicentre randomized trial. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 75(11), 2727-2741.doi:

Alfaro, P., Di Criscio, V., Larouche, S., Purden, M., & Dubrovsky, AS. (2019). Near peer learning to facilitate nursing students' first medical surgical clinical experience. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education, 5(1), 3. doi:

Lavoie, P., Clarke, S., Clausen, C., Purden, M., Emed, J., Mailhot, T., Frunchak, V.  (2018). Acceptability and feasibility of recruitment and data collection in a field study of hospital nurses’ handoffs using mobile devices. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4(1), 163. doi: 10.1186/s40814-018-0353-x

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