New research-backed tools ready to support parents in navigating COVID-19 pandemic

Featured in the University of Alberta Folio, Dr. Shannon Scott and Dr. Lisa Hartling talk about developing resources to help parents with questions about their children and COVID-19.    Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a series of new information tools to help parents with questions about their children and COVID-19.   The … Read more

TREKK Needs Assessment

The Healthcare Consumer Needs Assessment survey was developed between October 2011 to July 2012 under the Needs Assessment phase (phase one) of the Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) project. The Needs Assessment team was led by Dr. Shannon Scott, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta; Dr. Lisa … Read more

Trainee Feature: Samantha Louie-Poon

Samantha Louie-Poon, RN, PhD Candidate   Q: Tell us a bit about yourself!  A: I am a settler of Chinese ancestry based in Edmonton, AB. As a nurse, researcher, and writer, I am passionate about storying the untold narratives of the Asian diaspora in so-called Canada. I’m currently a PhD Candidate at the University of … Read more

Parents Needed for Heart Failure Study

We are inviting parents and caregivers of children who have heart failure to participate in our research study to help us better understand how to prepare and educate families affected by children’s heart failure. Interviews will be 30-60 minutes, and all information gathered will be kept confidential and private. Please contact us or email … Read more

Trainee Feature: Lisa Knisley

Lisa Knisley, RN, MN, PhD Candidate   Q: Tell us a bit about yourself!  A: I’m a mom, wife, friend, nurse and aspiring researcher. I’ve worked as a nurse in Canada, the USA and the UK and currently live and work in Winnipeg.   I’m also the Executive Director of Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) – … Read more

Reducing childhood needle poke distress and pain: development and evaluation of novel KT tools for parents

For more details, read our technical report on this project here. To read more about the qualitative component of this research, click here. To read the systematic review, click here. View Infographic and Video We have also developed KT tools for parents and families about common childhood illnesses. These are all freely available on our website! View other … Read more

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are a common source of acute illness for infants and children. Approximately 7-8% of girls and 2% of boys will experience a UTI before they are 8 years old. UTIs may be difficult to identify and treat as symptoms in children are different from expected adult symptoms. A previously conducted systematic review identified four … Read more



Bronchiolitis is an acute infection of the lower respiratory tract that predominantly affects children less than two years old. Although self-limiting, symptoms of bronchiolitis can be distressing for young children. Research has demonstrated that parents may not have the necessary information to be able to identify bronchiolitis symptoms, resulting in emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations. Parents have expressed … Read more

Procedural Pain

Procedural Pain

Procedures carried out in acute care settings, such as emergency departments (EDs), are among the most common sources of acute pain experienced by children. Such procedures may include intravenous insertions (IVs), venipuncture, and wound irrigation and repair. Inadequately managed procedural pain can cause negative short-term and long-term implications for children, ranging from anxiety to aversion to healthcare. Parents have … Read more


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