Carole Estabrooks

I am an applied health services researcher focusing on knowledge translation (research utilization, knowledge utilization, research implementation, innovation diffusion) and aging.

My research addresses theory development and intervention assessment with a particular focus on the role of organizational context in facilitating knowledge translation, and the effect of knowledge translation on resident / patient and provider outcomes.

My studies take place in a number of settings but with an increasing focus on residential long-term care settings. I use mixed but predominantly quantitative methods (survey, large database, quasi-experimental, observational, structural equation and multi-level modeling).

I use the integrated KT mode of research of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, engaging partners at various levels of the system and in various stages of the research; governance models in our studies reflect this approach.


Degrees

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and University of Toronto, 2000
PhD, University of Alberta 1997
Master of Nursing (MN), University of Alberta, 1987
Bachelor of Nursing (BN), University of New Brunswick, 1977


Awards

Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation (Tier II), Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2005-2015

Distinguished Academic Award, Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations, 2010

Fellowship, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, 2007


Representative Publications

Estabrooks, C.A., Morgan, D.G., Squires, J.E., Boström A.M., Slaughter, S., Cummings, G.G., Norton, P.G. (in press). The care unit in nursing home research: Evidence in support of a definition. BMC Medical Research Methodology.

Estabrooks, C.A., Squires, J.E., Strandberg, E., Nilsson-Kajermo, K., Scott, S.D., Profetto-McGrath, J., Harley, D., Wallin, L. (in press). Toward better measures of research utilization: A Canada-Sweden effort. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Estabrooks, C.A., Squires, J.E., Cummings, G.G., Birdsell, J.M., Norton, P.G. (2009). Development and assessment of the Alberta Context Tool. BMC Health Services Research, 9:234

Estabrooks, C.A., Derksen, L., Lavis, J.N., Winther, C., Scott, S.D., Wallin, L., Profetto-McGrath, J. (2008). The intellectual structure and substance of the knowledge utilization field: A longitudinal author co-citation analysis, 1945-2004. Implementation Science, 3:49.

Estabrooks, C.A., Norton, P., Birdsell, J.M., Newton, M.S., Adewale, A.J., Thornley, R. (2008). Knowledge translation and research careers: Mode I and Mode II activity among health researchers. Research Policy, 37(6-7), 1066-1077.


Current Projects

Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) / Collaborative Applied Solutions for Elders Network (CASENet)
Principal Investigator
funded by British Columbia Interior Health Authority

Collaborative Applied Solutions for Elders Network (CASENet)
Principal Investigator
funded by Alberta Health Services

Meetings, planning and dissemination grant: Knowledge translation supplement
Principal Investigator
funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Measuring organizational context: Advanced psychometric assessment of the Alberta Context Tool
Principal Investigator
funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

A Systematic review of the literature examining facilitation as a key influence on knowledge translation
Principal Investigator
funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Quality & safety in nursing homes (SCOPE: Safer Care for Older Persons (in Residential) Environments: A knowledge translation intervention study)
Principal Investigator
funded by Health Canada

Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC), A five year research program
Principal Investigator
funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)