To investigate my broad research interests, I conduct studies in three specific areas:
Studying occupational health, creating inclusive workplaces and work cultures, and understanding how individuals with an undisclosed/hidden chronic illness or disability adapt at work. My studies in this area examine perceived employment barriers, identifying disability-friendly organizational cultures, and work sustainability strategies employees (e.g., MS, arthritis) use to remain employed. Example papers/presentations:
- Purc-Stephenson, R.J., Dostie, J., & Smith, H. (2018). Swimming against the current: A qualitative review of the work experiences and adaptations made by employees with arthritis. Arthritis Care & Research, 75, 1-20.
- Purc-Stephenson, R., Dostie, J., & Smith, H. (2017, October). Employee decision-making about disclosing a concealable disability at work. Paper presented at the annual Qualitative Health Research Conference, Quebec City, QC.
Purc-Stephenson, R. J., Ferguson, C, & Jones, S. (2017). Breaking out of the Glass Box: A Meta-ethnography of disability and employment Research. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 46(1), 49-65.
Adapting to chronic illnesses and/or disabilities and the interactions with healthcare providers. My studies in this area have included post-traumatic growth and sense-making of illness, breast cancer screening, and the diagnosis experiences of women with premenstrual dysphoria disorder. Example papers/presentations:
- Purc-Stephenson, R. J. & Lyseng, A. (2016). How are the Kids Holding up? A systematic review and meta-analysis on the psycho-social impact of maternal breast cancer on children. Cancer Treatment Reviews, 49, 45-56.
- Purc-Stephenson, R.J., Bowlby, D. & Qaqish, S. T. (2015). Positive and negative life changes following the diagnosis of a chronic illness. Quality of Life Research, 24, 1197-1205.
- Purc-Stephenson, R., Dostie, J., & Yung, C, (in progress). Gradual versus sudden illness onset and the link to patients’ quality of life. Manuscript to be submitted to Journal of Psychosomatic Research.
Evaluating alternative models of healthcare delivery and healthcare reforms. My studies in this area evaluate integrating Nurse Practitioners into hospital and community settings, telephone triage and advice services, and adapting Lean methodology to remove waste and improve flow and efficiency. Example papers/presentations:
- Purc-Stephenson, R. & Qaqish, S. T. (under review). Can we Lean healthcare? Developing and evaluating a lean assessment tool in healthcare settings. Manuscript to be submitted to Journal of Rural Health.
- Throndson, J., Tritten, C., Kupka, J., King, C. & Purc-Stephenson, R. (2015, September). Atrial Fibrillation screening of Emergency Department patients. Poster presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress, Toronto, ON.
- Purc-Stephenson, R. & Thrasher, C. (2012). Patient compliance with medical advice given by telephone triage nurses: A meta-analytic review. Patient Education and Counseling, 87, 135-142.