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Dr. Genevieve Thompson

Research Chair to improve quality of life for those in long-term care

March 1, 2023 — 

Riverview Health Centre (RHC) and the College of Nursing at the University of Manitoba’s Rady Faculty of Health Sciences have jointly created a new research chair focused on people living in long-term care.

Starting in February 2023, Dr. Genevieve Thompson, professor with the College of Nursing, is the Research Chair in Person-Directed Living. The mission of her role will be to utilize and evaluate evidence-informed practice to improve the quality of life of older people and their families, the quality of care, and the quality of work for those employed at RHC.

To reach the goals set out by the College of Nursing and RHC, research will be developed and co-created with those living, working and visiting the health centre.

“We are excited to collaborate with RHC in conducting landmark research that is focused on improving the quality of life of older people and their families. Dr. Thompson has the passion and expertise to lead this important research and facilitate knowledge transfer in education and practice,” says Dr. Netha Dyck, Dean of the College of Nursing. 

Thompson envisions the education of undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral nursing and health professional students in the research process around gerontology, the study of the social, cultural, cognitive and physical aspects of aging.

“Riverview has a rich tradition of providing excellent care to a wide array of individuals, from those needing rehabilitation to those approaching the end of their life. There are also those for whom RHC has become their home. Ensuring that they remain healthy and engaged citizens of their community is a critical aspect of ensuring quality of life and a key aspect of my research,” Thompson says.

Winnipeg-born Thompson is a doctorally prepared nurse who specializes in improving the care of those living, dying, visiting and working in long-term care. Since receiving her PhD from UM in 2007, she has developed a robust program of funded research to explore issues related to palliative approaches, person-centred and relational practices, and quality care for older adults-particularly for persons living in long-term care facilities.

Thompson has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, presented at national and international conferences, and contributed several invited book chapters to authoritative palliative care and geriatric textbooks. She also holds certification in Hospice Palliative Care Nursing through the Canadian Nurses Association. In 2022, she received awards from the Manitoba Gerontological Nurses Association and the Association of Regulated Nurses of Manitoba.

Kathleen Klaasen, CEO, Riverview Health Centre, says the collaboration will help position RHC at the forefront of research in the field of the care of older people in Canada.

“The knowledge generated at RHC will benefit those well beyond the walls of the centre, and will seek to create both a sustainable learning network and culture of research within long-term care. Ultimately, the quality of life and quality of care of those who live, work and visit RHC and beyond will benefit from collaborative approach to research, education and practice,” Klaasen says.

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