Diversifying our Ways of Understanding Heart Health among First Nations People in Manitoba:
A Mixed methods Study Governed by a Two-Eyed Seeing Approach

Canadian Institute of Health Research - Aboriginal Peoples' Health

4 year Operating Grant (242,482.00/year)
Primary Investigator: Dr. Annette Schultz
Co-investigators: Dr. A. Katz, Dr. C. Cook, Dr. T. Nguyen, Ms. K. Throndson, Dr. F. Hussain, Dr. R. Fransoo, Dr. E. McGibbon, Dr. R. Brownlie, Dr. J. Sawatzky
Contact: Dr. Annette Schultz

The purpose of this four year sequential mixed methods study, governed by Two-Eyed Seeing and Decolonizing methodologies, is to generate evidence that diversifies how we understand CAD burden and inequities among Manitoban First Nation (FN) Peoples. There are two research objectives:

1) Identify CAD burden and health outcome inequities between Status FN and all other Manitobans by analysis of person-level data of health services use data held in the Population Health research Data Repository at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy;

2) Explore biomedical and traditional Indigenous healthcare experiences of FN people and Elders specific to heart health, and identify historical and current contextual root causes underlying these experiences.
Findings from these research objectives will provide unique insights and perspectives on a growing health inequity, and diversify our evidence-base for improving heart health of FN in Manitoba and Canada. Community-engaged approaches involving FN and non-FN community stakeholders will enhance the transferability of knowledge for relevant stakeholder communities: FN, healthcare policy and practice, and academic researchers.

Caregiver experiences of providing care to adult individuals living with a left ventricular assist device: a qualitative systematic review protocol
Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses Research Grant ($1,250)
Investigators: Dr. Lorraine J Avery, Ms. Andrea Szwajcer, , Dr. Bev Temple, Dr. Jo-Ann V Sawatzky and Dr. Shelley Zieroth
Contact: Dr. L. Avery at

This qualitative systematic review aims to synthesize evidence on the experiences of informal caregivers in the provision of care to adult individuals living with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).
Specifically, the review questions are:
o What roles and responsibilities do informal caregivers/support persons assume in caring for adult persons living with a LVAD in a home setting?
o What are the perceived physical, psychosocial or social consequences of caregiving on informal caregivers/support persons caring for an adult individual with a LVAD?
o What are the variables that contribute to the aforementioned consequences on informal caregivers/support persons caring for an adult individual with a LVAD? Certain known variables such as bridge-to transplant (BTT) and destination therapy (DT) may warrant further investigation if the evidence supports further analyses.
o What do informal caregivers/support persons identify as important resources and/or coping strategies in caring for an adult individual with a LVAD?