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Support Opportunities and Assistance for Research (SOAR)

The mandate of the SOAR program is to improve patient care through research that will produce the highest level of evidence for:

  • Development and testing of care guidelines
  • Accurate and timely diagnoses
  • Best treatment options and rapid recovery

The SOAR Program teams our highly-skilled research professionals with successful program applicants to ensure dedicated resources are available to answer clinically important questions directly affecting patient care. Through this program, the SOAR team will help you produce generalizable health care solutions, coordinated through Saint John, for healthier patients in Horizon, New Brunswick, and beyond. Please note this program is only open to Horizon Health Network affiliated applicants.


The influence of targeted medication reviews on reducing fall risk in elderly patients
Shelly Wilkins, Pharmacist, Miramichi Regional Hospital

What factors influence families' perceptions and navigation of care pathways for Autism Spectrum Disorder in New Brunswick?
Tara Kennedy, Pediatrician, Autism Services, and Tanya Browne, Occupational Therapist, both at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation

An investigation of differences in breast cancer pathways from mammography to surgery between HHN regions
Sharon Chiu and Stephen Smith, General Surgeons, Saint John Regional Hospital

The use of anticholinergic medications versus placebo to reduce noisy breathing at the end of life
Julia Wildish and Robin Williams, Palliative Care Physicians, Saint John Regional Hospital

Investigating wait times to colonoscopy screening
Stephen Smith, General Surgeon, Saint John Regional Hospital

Beyond the biomedical: Advancing evidence-based spiritual care for hospitalized patients
Pam Driedger, Area Manager of Spiritual & Religious Care, Saint John Regional Hospital

Investigating breastfeeding support for new mothers
Kimberly Butt, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital

Health care provider perspectives of inpatient pediatric mental healthcare
Sarah Smith, ICT Team Nurse, Addictions and Mental Health, Saint John


TelePremie: Telehomecare for step-down care post-NICU discharge:
Cecil Ojah, Neonatologist, Neonatal ICU, SJRH

An investigation of the management of hyperkalemia in hospitalized patients
Martin MacKinnon, Nephrologist, Saint John Regional Hospital

Game Changers: Investigating the impacts of an accessible gaming service
Laura Oldford, Recreational Therapist, and Marla Calder, Occupational Therapist, both of the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation

2T Pharmacist COPD Intervention: Development and effectiveness testing of a targeted and tailored pharmacist COPD medication adherence educational intervention
Andrew Brillant, Pharmacist, St. Joseph's Community Health Centre

Quality of life and leisure: A qualitative investigation of the impact of adapted bikes and trikes on the quality of life of young neurological rehabilitation patients
Tracy Ferguson, Paediatric Physiotherapist, Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation

Optimizing transitions from hospital to home for frail older adults: Examining how hospital discharge plans translate into supportive home care environments
Pamela Jarrett, Geriatriacian, St. Joseph's Hospital

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