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Winnie Sun
RN, PhD

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 5349


Research topics

  • gerontology
  • community health
  • self-management
  • home care safety
  • adverse events
  • assistive technologies
  • information communication technology
  • dementia
  • social inclusion
  • disability
  • health services and policy

Areas of expertise

  • mixed-methods research
  • cohort studies
  • secondary data analysis
  • health services and policy research
  • ethics

Background

Dr. Winnie Sun graduated from the Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing programs at the University of Toronto, where she also completed her PhD in Nursing and collaborative graduate program in Health Services and Policy Research. Her doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between therapeutic self-care ability and occurrence of adverse events among home-care clients in Ontario, Canada. She was a post-doctorate fellow at the Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab (IATSL) at the University of Toronto. She has previous teaching experience at the Trent/Flemming School of Nursing with clinical expertise in gerontology and community health nursing. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She is a research collaborator at the Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement, and Long Life, Network Centres of Excellence (AGE-WELL-NCE). Her research projects include:

  • patient safety in home care
  • self-care in chronic disease management 
  • ethics in relation to assistive technology access and procurement 
  • use of information communication technologies for patients with dementia and their caregivers
  • use of social and recreational programs to promote social inclusion for older adults
  • development of remote monitoring technologies for older adults in the community
  • health services and policy research in gerontology
  • best-practice guidelines utilization in home care 

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto 1995
  • Master of Nursing - Administration Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto 2002
  • PhD Collaborative Graduate Program in Health Services and Policy Research Institute of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Medicine, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto 2014

Research and expertise

RESEARCH BACKGROUND AND INTERESTS:

  • aging
  • community health nursing
  • patient safety in home care
  • self-care in chronic disease management
  • ethics in relation to assistive technology access and procurement 
  • use of information communication technologies for patients with dementia and their caregivers
  • use of social and recreational programs to promote social inclusion in older adults
  • health services and policy research
  • best-practice guideline utilization in home care
  • Purpose: SSHRC Insight Development Grant Award
    Name of agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
    Title of project: Perspectives on information and communication technology for daily activities and social inclusion among older Canadians with cognitive impairments and their caregivers
    In collaboration with: Dr. Rosalie Wang Dr. Michael Wilson, Dr. Jeff Jutai, Dr. Virginie Corbigo, Dr. Hajer Chalghoumi, Dr. Vanessa Chenel (Partnership with UOIT, University of Toronto, McMaster University and University of Ottawa 

  • Purpose: Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant (OTF)
    Name of agency: Alzheimer’s Society Durham Region
    Title of project: Evaluation of ‘Living Well with Dementia’ Project
    In collaboration with: Dr. Emma Bartfay, Dr. Vicki Smye, Denyse Newton, Michelle Pepin (Partnership with UOIT and Alzheimer’s Society of Durham Region)

  • Purpose: University of Ontario Institute of Technology Teaching Innovation Fund
    Name of agency: UOIT Teaching and Learning Centre
    Title of project: Teaching Innovation Fund: Simulations and Standardized Patient Innovation for Year Three Community Health Nursing Students
    In collaboration with: Dr. Jennifer Abbass-Dick; Dr. Wendy Stanyon; June McDonald; Sandra Mairs; Elaine Salmers (Partnership with UOIT and Durham College)

  • Purpose:  University of Ontario Institute of Technology Teaching Innovation Fund
    Name of agency: UOIT Teaching and Learning Centre
    Title of project: Development of Empathy in Helping Relationship
    In collaboration with: Dr. Jennifer Abbass-Dick; Dr. Manon Lemonde; Dr. Wendy Stanyon

  • Purpose: University of Ontario Institute of Technology Teaching Innovation Fund
    Name of agency: UOIT Teaching and Learning Centre
    Title of project: Tackling the Opioid Abuse Epidemic with Simulation-Based Learning for Nursing Students
    In collaboration with: Dr. Sue Coffey; Dr. Hilde Zitzelberger; Leslie Graham; Arlene de la Rocha; Dr. Bill Muirhead; Dana Chorney; Dr. Efrosini Papaconstantinou; Dr. Ellen Vogel

  • Purpose: Doctoral Research Award
    Name of agency: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)
    Title of project: A Mixed Methods Study: Examining the Relationship between Therapeutic Self-Care and Adverse Events for Home Care Clients in Ontario, Canada
    In collaboration with: Dr. Diane Doran; Dr. Walter Wodchis and Dr. Elizabeth Peter (University of Toronto)

  • Intelligent Assistive Technology and System Lab at the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy (University of Toronto with Dr. Rosalie Wang and Dr. Michael Wilson at McMaster Health Forum), September 2015 to present. Funded by Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement, and Long Life (AGE-WELL).
    • Study topic: Ageing, Disability and Technology: A Framework for Research, Implementation and Policy.

  • Aging, Community and Health Research Unit with Dr. Jenny Ploeg and Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid (McMaster University), November 2014-December 2015. Funded by Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) and Ministry of Health Ontario.
    • Study topic: A Client-Based Intervention to Support Self-Management among Community-Liing Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes and Multiple Chronic Conditions.

  • Nursing Health Services Research Unit (NHSRU) with Dr. Diane Doran (University of Toronto) and Dr. Regis Blais (University of Montreal), September 2012 to September 2014. Funded by Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI).
    • Study topic: Determining prevalence/magnitude of patient safety incidents.

  • Nursing Health Services Research Unit (NHSRU) with Dr. Diane Doran (University of Toronto), September 2008 to June 2013. Funded by Ministry of Health Ontario.
    • Study topic: Linking Best Practice Guidelines: Use and Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care (HOBIC) in the Community.

  • Nursing Health Services Research Unit (NHSRU) with Dr. Diane Doran (University of Toronto), Dr. Rafik Goubran (Carleton University) and Dr. Dean Doherty (Wilfred Laurier University), December 2008 to April 2013. Funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). 
    • Study topic: Integration of Biophysiological Information with a Point-of-Care Decision-Support for Safer Patient Care. 

Involvement

  • Selected publications
    • Sun, W., Wilson, M., Schreiber, D., & Wang, R. (2017). Ethical Challenges related to assistive product access for older adults and adults living with a disability: a scoping review. BMC Systematic Reviews. 6:24, 1-5.
    • Sun, W, Doran, D., Wodchis, D. & Peter, E. (2017). Examining the Relationship between Therapeutic Self-Care and Adverse Events for Home Care Clients in Ontario, Canada: A Retrospective Cohort Study. BMC Health Services Research. 17:206, 1-13.
    • Sun, W., & Doran, D. (2015). Integration of biophysiological information with a point-of-care decision support system to promote patient safety at home. In Y.C. Shih & S.F. Liang (Eds), Bridging Research and Good Practices towards Patient Welfare (pp. 199-206). London, UK: Taylor & Francis Group.
    • Sun, W. & Doran. D. (2015). Patient Safety in the Home: Examining the relationship between therapeutic self-care and adverse events for home care clients in Canada. In Y.C. Shih & S.F. Liang (Eds), Health Care Systems Ergonomics and Patient Safety (pp.79-86). London, UK: CRC Press.
    • Sun, W., Doran, D., Wodchis, D. & Peter, E. (2015). Improving Gaps in Home Care: Examining the Role of Therapeutic Self-Care in Supporting Home Care Safety for Older Adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 63(Suppl 1), 72.
    • Sun, W., Doran, D., Wodchis, D. & Peter, E. (2015). A Mixed Methods Study: Examining the Relationship between Therapeutic Self-Care and Adverse Events for Home Care Clients in Ontario, Canada. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Toronto.
    • Doran, D., Lefebre N., O’Brien-Pallas, L., Estabrooks, C., White, P & Sun, W. (2014). The Relationship among Evidence-Based Practice and Client Dyspnea, Pain, Fall and Pressure Ulcers Outcome in the Community Setting. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 11(5), 274-283.
    • Sun, W., & Doran, D. (2014). Using remote activity monitoring and guideline system for home care clients to support geriatric nursing care in the community. Journal of Nursing and Healthcare, 1(2), 7-13.
    • Sun, W. & Doran D. (2014) Safety in the Home: The Association between Therapeutic Self-Care Ability and Occurrence of Adverse Events for Home Care Clients in Canada. Journal of Nursing and Healthcare, 1(2), 245-251.
    • Sun, W., & Doran, D. (2014). Understanding the relationship between therapeutic self-care and adverse events for the geriatric home care clients in Canada. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62 (Suppl.1), 275.
    • Sun, W., Doran, D., Doherty, S., Goubran, R., Papinski, D, & Knoefel, F. (2013). The development of remote monitoring system for safer client care in the community. International Congress on Nursing Informatics: AMIA, 401-405.
    • Sun, W., Doran, D., Doherty, S., Goubran, R., Papinski, D, & Knoefel, F. (2012). The possibilities of m-health technologies: Using remote patient monitoring for safer client care in the community. Advances in Health Informatics, 45-48.
  • Presentations
    • Sun, W., Peter, E., Wodchis, W., & Doran, D. (March, 2017). Poster Presentation titled 'The Importance of Therapeutic Self-Care in Promoting the Safety of Older Adults in Home Care.' Association for Gerontology in Higher Education 43rd Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference 2017.

    • Sun, W., Peter, E., Wodchis, W., & Doran, D. (November, 2016). Poster presentation titled 'Therapeutic Self-Care is an Enabling Factor that Promotes the Safety of Older Adults in Home Care.' Gerontological Society of America 69th Annual Scientific Meeting 2016.

    •  Sun, W., Daphne S., Wilson, M., & Wang, W. (October, 2016). Poster presentation titled 'A Scoping Review Protocol: Ethical Concepts and Challenges related to Assistive Technology Access.' AGE-WELL Annual General Meeting 2016.

    •  Sun, W., Doran, D., Peter, E., & Wodchis, W. (October, 2016). Poster presentation titled 'Safety in the Home: Exploring the Experiences of Self-Care and Caregiving for Older Home Care Clients and Their Caregivers.' Canadian Association on Gerontology 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting 2016.

    • Sun, W., Doran, D., Wodchis, W., & Peter, E. (May, 2016). Poster presentation titled 'The Importance of Therapeutic Self-Care in Promoting the Safety of Older Adults in Home Care.' Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research 2016.

    • Sun, W., & Doran, D. (April, 2016). Poster presentation titled 'Using RAI-Home Care Data to Examine the Occurrence of Adverse Events among Home Care Clients.' World interRAI Conference 2016.

    • Sun, W., Doran, D., Peter, E., Wodchis, W. (March, 2016). Poster presentation titled 'A Mixed Methods Study: The Importance of Therapeutic Self-Care in Promoting the Safety of Older Adults in Home Care.' The American Society of Aging Conference 2016.

    • Sun, W, Doran, D., Wodchis, W. and Peter, E. (February, 2015). Oral presentation titled 'Focus on Safety: Understanding the Relationship between Therapeutic Self-Care Ability and the Occurrence of Adverse Events for Older Home Care Clients.' The 41st Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference.
      *This paper was the 2015 recipient The Sigma Phi Omega, Academic Honors & Professional Society in Gerontology’s 2015 Presidential Paper Award (American Association in Gerontology in Higher Education) 

    • Sun, W., Doran, D., Wodchis, W., and Peter, E. (November, 2015). Poster presentation titled 'The Importance of Therapeutic Self-Care in Promoting the Safety of Older Adults in Home Care.' The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Conference 2015.

      * This poster was the 2015 recipient of the Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization (ESPO) Poster Award(GSA).

    • Sun, W., Wang, R., Wilson, M., Bickenbach, J., Lavis, J., Putnam, M., and Spindel, A. (October, 2015). Oral presentation titled 'Aging, Disability and Technology: Understanding and Advancing Canadian Policies to Enhance Access to Assistive Technologies.' Ageing Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life (AGE-WELL) Annual General Meeting, 2015).

    • Sun, W., Doran, D., Wodchis, D. & Peter, E. (2015). Poster presentation titled 'Improving Gaps in Home Care: Examining the Role of Therapeutic Self-Care in Supporting Home Care Safety for Older Adults.' The America Geriatrics Society (AGS) Annual Conference 2015.

    • Sun, W., Doran, D, Peter, E. and Wodchis W. (May, 2015).  Oral presentation titled 'Focus on Self-Care: An Important Priority for Safety at Home for Older Adults.' The Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) Conference, 2015).

    • Sun, W., Doran, D., Wodchis, W. and Peter, E. (May, 2015). Poster presentation titled 'Quality Improvement in Home Care: The Importance of Therapeutic Self-Care in Promoting Safety for Older Home Care Clients.' Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference (QUIPS), University of Toronto IHI Open School.

    • Sun, W, Doran, D., Wodchis, W. and Peter, E. (February, 2015). Oral presentation titled 'Focus on Safety: Understanding the Relationship between Therapeutic Self-Care Ability and the Occurrence of Adverse Events for Older Home Care Clients.' The 41st Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference. 

      * This paper was the 2015 recipient of the The Sigma Phi Omega, Academic Honors & Professional Society in Gerontology’s 2015 Presidential Paper Award (American Association in Gerontology in Higher Education).

    • Sun, W., Doran, D., and Peter, P. (June, 2014). Oral presentation titled 'Perspectives of Clients and Informal Caregivers: Safety of Self-Care and      Caregiving in the Context of Home Care.' The 4th International Conference on Healthcare Systems Ergonomics and Patient Safety, Taipei, Taiwan.

    • Sun, W., Doran, D., Wodchis, W., and Peter, E. (November, 2014). Poster presentation titled 'The Importance of Therapeutic Self-Care in Promoting the Safety of Older Adults in Home Care.' The Gerontological Society of America 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting.

    • Sun, W. and Doran, D. (October, 2014). Oral presentation titled 'Safety in the Home: Exploring the Experiences of Self-Care and Caregiving for Older Home Care Clients and Their Informal Caregivers.' The 43rd Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology.

    • Sun, W. and Doran, D. (June, 2014). Oral presentation titled 'Using Remote Activity Monitoring and Guideline System for Home Care Clients to Support Geriatric Nursing Care in the Community.' The 2nd Annual International Conference on Worldwide Nursing, Singapore.

    • Sun, W. and Doran, D. (May, 2014). Poster presentation titled 'Understanding the Relationship between Therapeutic Self-Care and Adverse Events for Geriatric Home Care Clients in Ontario, Canada' in the conference 'Leading Change: Improving Care for Older Adults,' Annual Meeting of American Geriatrics Society.

      * This poster presentation was the 2014 recipient Poster of the Year Award for the American Association of Home Care Medicine.

    • Sun, W., Doran, D., Wodchis, W., and Peter, P. (May, 2014). Oral presentation titled 'Focus on Self-Care: An Important Step to Addressing the Safety Challenges in Home Care' in the conference 'A Critical Time for Bold Leadership,' National Health Leadership Conference.

    • Sun, W. and Doran, D. (March, 2014). Oral presentation titled 'Understanding the Relationship between Therapeutic Self-Care and the Occurrence of Adverse Events for Home Care Clients' in Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario.

    • Sun, W. (January, 2014). Panel presentation titled 'Focus Self-Care: An Important Priority for the Safety of Older Home Care Clients in the Community' in Conference on the Aging Population.

    • Sun, W., and Doran, D. (November, 2013). Oral presentation titled 'Therapeutic Self-Care and Adverse Events in Home Care' in 'University Health Network Clinical Epidemiology: Health Services Research Round.'

    • Sun, W., Doran, D., Wodchis, W., and Peter, E. (October, 2013). Oral presentation titled 'Understanding the Relationship between Self-Care Ability and the Occurrence of Adverse Events for Home Care Clients in Canada' in the conference 'Aging…from Cells to Society,' The 42nd Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of Canadian Association on Gerontology.

    • Sun, W., Doran. D., Wodchis, W., and Peter, E. (October, 2013). Oral presentation titled 'Examining the Relationship between Self-Care Ability and the Occurrence of Adverse Events for Home Care Clients using RAI-HC Database' in Canadian InterRAI Conference 2013.

    • Sun, W., Doran, D., Wodchis, W., and Peter, E. (October, 2013). Oral presentation titled 'Using HOBIC Data to Examine the Relationship between Therapeutic Self-Care and Adverse Events for Home Care Clients in Ontario' in the conference 'Demonstrating Value with HOBIC data in Home Care,' HOBIC Home Care Symposium Institute of Clinical and Evaluative Sciences.

    • Sun, W., and Doran, D. (June, 2013). Oral presentation titled 'Examining the Relationship between Therapeutic Self-Care and Adverse Events for Older Home Care Clients in Canada' in the conference 'Digital Aging: A New Horizon for Health Care and Active Aging,' The 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Seoul, Korea.

    • Sun, W., and Doran, D. (June, 2013). Oral presentation titled 'The Role of Community Health Nurses in Improving Clients’ Self-Care and Their Informal Caregiver’s Care-Giving Experiences to Promote Home Safety' in the conference 'Blueprint for Action: Influence, Inform, Inspire,' 7th National Community Health Nurses Conference.

    • Sun, W., and Doran, D. (October, 2012). Poster presentation titled 'Using Mobile Health Technologies to Support Healthy Aging at Home' in the conference 'Ageing in a Changing World,' Canadian Association on Gerontology.

      * This poster presentation was the 2012 recipient of the Canadian Association on Gerontology Divisional Poster Award for Health and Biological Sciences.

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