Donna Wilson, University of Alberta

Nursing Professor Edmonton, Alberta donna.wilson@ualberta.ca Office: (780) 492-5574

Bio/Research

My program of research focuses on health services utilization and health policy, although primarily in relation to aging and end-of-life care. I have undertaken a wide range of studies such as those focusing on: high users of hospitals, ageism, social isolation, bioethics and social values, acute...

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Bio/Research

My program of research focuses on health services utilization and health policy, although primarily in relation to aging and end-of-life care. I have undertaken a wide range of studies such as those focusing on: high users of hospitals, ageism, social isolation, bioethics and social values, acute delirium, location of death, the good death, home care utilization, home care client trends, long-term-care resident trends, health services use before and after admission to a nursing home, use of hospitals prior to death, linkages between chronicity and home care utilization, transitions in place of care in the last year of life, waiting for placement, and many others. I have conducted large population based studies and other quantitative studies, as well as many different types of qualitative studies, and mixed methods studies and many literature or systematic reviews.

Gerontology was the primary focus of study in my Master's program, as I began to realize how little I knew about normal aging and the care needs of older persons. Health services administration was another focus in my Master's program as well as my PhD program. I have worked as a manager in hospitals and nursing homes, and have taught managerial courses. This managerial background, as well as concern about bioethics and nursing advancement are major contributors to my research program.


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