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Dr. Margaret Purden
Senior Investigator, Lady Davis Institute
Scientific Director, Centre for Nursing Research, Jewish General Hospital
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, McGill Universit

Professor Margaret Purden has been the Scientific Director of the Centre for Nursing Research since 1999, and Project Director at the JGH's Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. Dr. Purden is an Associate Professor and the Assistant Director of the PhD program at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. She is a co-investigator, with researchers from the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) and the Montreal Heart Institute, on a project testing an intervention for cardiac patients discharged from the emergency department. For the past three years, she has been the Provincial Director of the Research Committee of the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses (CCCN), Quebec Chapter, as well as a member of the National Scientific Review Committee of the CCCN, and of the Executive, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP) of the European Society of Cardiology. At the same time, Dr. Purden has conducted considerable work in the growing areas of Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Practice. She is a researcher with the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative and the Eastern Collaborative for the Advancement of Interprofessional practice and Education (ECAIPPE), which brings together educators and researchers from across the eastern provinces (Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes) to develop joint research ventures in interprofessional education and practice.
Major Research Activities

Dr. Purden's recent work includes a longitudinal study funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) concerning Mates Adjustment to Coronary Heart Disease (MATCHD), collaboration on a FRSQ funded project to study psychosocial adjustment in patients with early inflammatory arthritis and their family members, and a multi-year study of a nursing intervention to reduce readmissions to the ER in heart failure patients. This work has been presented at the scientific sessions of the American Heart Association, Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, and the American Psychosomatic Association.

Dr. Purden is on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Interprofessional Education (JRIPE), a researcher with the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC), and co-author of a systematic review of IPE commissioned by Health Canada. She was the co-lead of The McGill Educational Initiative on Interprofessional Collaboration: Partnerships for Patient and Family-Centred Practice, a $1.3 million project that examined the characteristics and functioning of interprofessional teams, developed a measure to quantify attitudes towards interprofessionalism, piloted and evaluated electronic learning resources for IPE, and developed a self-assessment tool and workshops tailored to enhance interprofessional collaboration in the practice setting.

Recent Publications

Brown, C., *Constance, K., Bedard, D., & Purden, M. (2011, In Press). Colorectal Surgery Patients' Pain Status, Activities, Satisfaction and Beliefs about Pain and Pain Management. Accepted by Pain Management Nursing.

Spyropoulos, V., Ampleman, S., Miousse, C., & Purden, M. (2011). The Cardiac Surgery Discharge Teaching Questionnaire: Meeting the Information Needs of Patients and Families. Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 21(1), p.13-19.

Chojecki, P., *Lamarre, J, Buck, M., Eldaoud, N., St-Sauveur, I., & Purden, M. (2010). Perceptions of a peer learning approach to pediatric clinical education. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 7(1), Article 39.

Dr. Margaret Purden is a nationally recognized scientist in the field of cardiovascular nursing.

She is conducting innovative work in the areas of Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Interprofessional Practice (IPP).

Her areas of interest are:

- Psychosocial factors influencing the long-term adjustment patterns of in-patients with chronic illness and their spouses.

- Gender differences and psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness.
- Interventions to promote interprofessional education and practice.
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