Patient-centered research for better health and healthcare


Self-care for cancer survivors: Project CanDirect

It is common for people who have had cancer treatments to feel down, worried or stressed. Canadian care guidelines for cancer survivors recommend supporting the active engagement of survivors in their self-care.

St Mary's researchers have partnered with collaborators within the CIUSSS ODIM and beyond to evaluate the effect of a depression self-care program which includes a self-care toolkit and telephone support from a self-care coach.

People eligible for the study are 18 or over and have completed treatments (surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy) for any non-metastatic cancer. Recruitment is being conducted through health and social service centres in Montreal and Toronto, and via community cancer support groups in Quebec and Ontario. Each participant enrolled in the study will receive the CanDirect self-care toolkit, and will be followed for 6 months.

Interested individuals (cancer survivors, clinicians, community organisers or others) are invited to contact Cindy Ibberson at 514-345-3511, extension 5593 or at for more information.

You can also visit the project website or consult this pamphlet (152 KB)

St. Mary's Research Center: Grants for our researchers

Jeannie Haggerty, as Scientific Director of the Quebec Primary Care Knowledge Network, received a $ 262,500 research grant over two years from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and 9 Funds from 8 provinces. Susan Law of the St. Mary's Research Center also made a major contribution to the application. Their project ‘’Connecting primary health care, social services, public health and community supports for children and youth and older adults: Comparing policies and programs in Canada’’ will explore best practices and policies in the country and identify areas for improvement.

Supported by the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation, researchers David Wright and Susan Law received a second grant of $ 37,500 from the Gustav Levinschi Foundation to continue their research project entitled ‘’End-of-life experiences’’.

The Drummond Foundation awarded a $ 25,000 grant to Sylvie Lambert for her research project named "Older adults with a chronic physical condition and comorbid depression and their family caregivers: Partners in the co-design of a dyadic self-care depression intervention.




2016-2017 Research Centre Seminars

Next seminars

February 28, 2017 from 12:00-13:00 at the Auditorium

How to develop and test behavioural interventions and the potential impact of changing behaviours in patients with asthma

Simon Bacon, Ph.D., Full Professor. Exercise Science Department,  Concordia University Co-Director of the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre, CIUSSS-NIM Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montreal

March 14, 2017 from 12:00-13:00 at the Auditorium

Authentic Engagement: What should it look like?

Vivian R Ramsden, PhD, MCFP,  Full Professor & Director, Research Division, Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan



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