Upcoming Distinguished Scholar Lectures:
Dr. Karin Olson
Lecture Title: "Building Evidence Using Qualitative Research"
Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
Location: ECHA 1-182
What is evidence? Do we need it? If so, how can we get it? Do qualitative studies generate usable evidence? In this presentation I will explore the nature of evidence and its place within clinical practice, and will use some examples from my own work on cancer-related fatigue to show the kind of evidence that can be obtained through qualitative research.
Dr. Karin Olson completed a BSc in Nursing at the University of Alberta (1976), a Masters in Health Science in Health Promotion at the University of Toronto (1981), and a PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta (1990). She was the Coordinator of Nursing Research at the Cross Cancer Institute from 1990-1998. Dr. Olson was awarded a Career Renewal Award (1999-2001) and a Health Scholar Award (2003-2009), both funded by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. She published a re-conceptualization of fatigue that distinguishes it from tiredness and exhaustion, and developed an etiological model of cancer-related fatigue, the Edmonton Fatigue Framework, based on a series of qualitative studies. Dr. Olson used this information to develop a tool to measure adaptive capacity, one of the key variables in the model. Dr. Olson also collaborated with colleagues in Thailand, Italy, and the United Kingdom to explore the socio-cultural construction of symptom experience, using cancer-related fatigue as a model. She has organised several international symposia on cancer-related fatigue and is the past chair of the fatigue working group of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. She held a casual position as a staff nurse with the Edmonton Zone Palliative Care Program community consult team from 2012 to 2015. In 2016, Dr. Olson and colleagues published and edited books entitled Qualitative Health Research as Evidence, published by Springer. Dr. Olson has taught qualitative methods courses in Italy and Thailand, and New Zealand, and is a frequent presenter at Thinking Qualitatively at the University of Alberta. Her areas of expertise in relation to qualitative methods include grounded theory, ethnography, and concept analysis.