Centenary Medal – Rick Sawatzky

Rick is Professor at the Trinity Western University (TWU) School of Nursing, where he has been a faculty member since 2002 and currently teaches courses on knowledge synthesis and quantitative research methods in the Master of Science in Nursing program. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Person-Centred Outcomes and is the Lead on Patient-Reported Outcomes at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) at Providence Health Care in British Columbia. Provincially, Rick contributes to the strategy of patient-oriented research as co-lead of the Patient-Centred Measurement Methods Cluster with the BC SUPPORT Unit, a multi-partner organization that carries out patient-oriented research in order to improve healthcare outcomes for all patients.

Rick’s program of research focuses on validity and use of person-centred outcome measures and quality of life assessments in healthcare, with a particular emphasis on people who have chronic life-limiting illnesses and their family caregivers. Rick’s current research includes projects on the development and evaluation of statistical methods for patient-reported outcomes measurement in heterogeneous populations; the integration of electronic quality of life assessments in clinical practice for older adults who have life-limiting illnesses, and their family caregivers; and the selection and utilization of person-centred measures for healthcare decision making; the integration of a palliative approach.