Simon Palfreyman, RN, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing
(780) 492-1073
4-271 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9




  • Postdoctoral Clinical Lecturer (NIHR, UK), Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust/ University of Sheffield (2011-15)
  • PhD (Health Services Research), University of Sheffield (2009)
  • MSc (Health Services Research and Technology Assessment), University of Sheffield (1999)
  • RN, USA (1991)
  • RN, UK (1989)
  • BSc (Hons) Biology, University of Sussex (1985)


The goal of Dr Palfreyman's research program is to improve the care of those at risk of, or living with, wounds. It focuses on four interrelated and overlapping concepts related to wound care: causes, treatment, impact and, consequence of wounds. His research interests grew out of his clinical experience as a wound care nurse.

The program of research has been informed by the paradigm of patient centred care, which incorporates patient reported outcomes and experience as a means to improve healthcare provision, patient satisfaction and cost-effectiveness.  

Areas relevant to Dr Palfreyman's program of research and interests include: mixed methods, literature review, psychometric evaluation, patient reported outcomes (PROs), secondary data analysis, health economics, and the use of simulation in education.

Current Grants:

Principal Investigator

  • Palfreyman SJ, Stephen T, King S. The impact of simulation on attitudes and knowledge about pressure injuries in those living with obesity. Teaching, Learning and Simulation Research Grant. ($20000). 2019-2021
  • Palfreyman SJ, Futoransky J, Kwok A. The impact of the use of pressure relieving surfaces in a rehabilitation hospital on functional independence and satisfaction for patients at low risk of pressure ulcer development. Clinical Research Grant, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. ($10500). 2018-2020
  • Palfreyman SJ. Evidence based bariatric skin and wound care. EFF-SAS, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. $5000. 2017 


  • Schick-Makaroff K, Klarenbach, S Sawatzky, R, Cohen R, Cuthbertson L, MacRae, J, Palfreyman SJ, Pauly R, Quinn R, Reintjes F, Wu J. Electronic Patient-Reported Outcomes in Clinical Kidney Practice (ePRO Kidney). CIHR, Project Scheme. $555,000. 2016-2019.
  • Michaels JA, Campbell B, Brazier JE, Kalenthaler E, Palfreyman SJ, Jones G, Radley S, Shackley P, Tod AM . The design, development, commissioning and evaluation of patient focused vascular services. UK NIHR Programme Grant. £1,800,000. 2013-2019




Dr Palfreyman teaches graduate and undergraduate classes including:

  • Quantitative Research Methods (N512).
  • Foundations of Nursing (N344)
  • Introduction to Nursing Practice (N345).
  • Statistics and Knowledge Management (N211)


NURS 211 - Statistics and Knowledge Management

An introduction to reading, understanding and interpreting commonly used statistics in published health sciences research. The course provides a hands-on approach to understanding measurement, sampling, and statistical analysis techniques commonly used in health care research. It introduces the concepts of information literacy, health data and big data in electronic datasets and the statistical techniques used to interpret these data in meaningful ways. Credit may be obtained for only one of NURS 211 or 341.

Fall Term 2020
NURS 512 - Quantitative Research

The focus of this course is on quantitative research methods and on the nature and characteristics of the most commonly used statistical techniques in health research. Emphasis is given to the selection of appropriate methods and statistics to answer research questions; to data collection, analysis and interpretation of results; and to the appraisal of quantitative research literature. Attention is also given to knowledge synthesis, mixed method, ethics in research, and knowledge translation in advanced nursing practice.

Fall Term 2020


Elevation devices for the prevention of heel pressure ulcers: a review.
Author(s): Clegg R, Palfreyman SJ
Publication: British Journal of Nursing
Volume: 23
Issue: 22
Page Numbers: S4-18
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A systematic review of economic evaluations assessing interventions aimed at preventing or treating pressure ulcers.
Author(s): Palfreyman SJ, Stone PW
Publication: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Volume: 52
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 769-88
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The psychometric performance of generic preference-based measures for patients with pressure ulcers.
Author(s): Palfreyman S, Mulhern
Publication: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Volume: 13
Issue: 117
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Patient-reported outcome measures and how they are used
Author(s): Palfreyman SJ
Publication: Nursing Older People
Volume: 23
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 31-36
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The use of qualitative methods in developing the descriptive systems of preference based measures of health related quality of life for use in economic evaluation.
Author(s): Stevens K, Palfreyman Sj
Publication: Value in Health
Volume: 5
Issue: 8
Page Numbers: 991-8
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