Elisavet Papathanasoglou, PhD, MSc, BSN, RN

Professor & Scientific Director, Neurosciences, Rehabilitation & Vision Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services, Faculty of Nursing

Contact

Professor & Scientific Director, Neurosciences, Rehabilitation & Vision Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services, Faculty of Nursing
Email
papathan@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-5674
Address
5-262 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Intensive Care Nursing stress research sepsis Mixed methods clinical trials neuroscience nursing integrative nursing


About

Dr Papathanassoglou joined the University of Alberta in 2015. She has been academic faculty member since 1999, and has extensive teaching experience at undergraduate/ graduate education.

Her research interests combine basic science with the nursing management of acutely ill patients. She explores the effects of non-pharmacological, integrative interventions and stress responses in critical care. She studies the role of stress, stress neuropeptides and apoptosis in the pathophysiology of critical illness and multiple organ dysfunction (MODS) and the impact on non-pharmacological and integrative approaches on critically ill patients’ outcomes, including inflammation, pain and delirium. Additionally, she explores issues of inter-professional collaboration, nursing autonomy and clinical decision-making, as well as patients’ rights and ethical aspects of critical care. Another strong area of interest focuses on the phenomenological investigation of the lived experience of patients and nurses in intensive care. She employs a wide range of research methods, including physiological/ laboratory, quantitative and qualitative research.

She is Chair of the Research Review Committee and Graduate Studies Committee, at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. Prior to joining the University of Alberta, she served as President, Vice-President and Head of Graduate studies at the Department of Nursing, Cyprus University of Technology.

 

DEGREES/ TRAINING:

  • Postdoctoral Fellow (Neuroendocrinology, Immunology), Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Division of Endocrinology, Boston, MA, USA (1998-1999)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing, Critical Care, Immunology), University of Rochester, School of Nursing Doctoral Program, Rochester, NY, USA (1994-1998)
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Research Methodology), University of Athens School of Nursing, Greece (1992-1993)
  • Master of Science (Health Informatics), Erasmus European Community Inter-University Collaboration Program, EC (1991-1993)
  • Bachelor’s (Nursing), University of Athens School of Nursing, Greece (1987-1991)

 

APPOINTMENTS:

  • Effective July 1st 2019 - Professor - University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing
  • July 2015 – June 2019 - Associate Professor - University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing
  • Nov 2014 – Sep 2015 - Professor (Critical Care Nursing) - Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Nursing
  • June 2009 – Oct 2014 - Associate Professor (Critical Care Nursing) - Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Nursing
  • Feb 2003 – Sep 2009 - Assistant Professor (Critical Care Nursing) - University of Athens Faculty of Nursing, Greece
  • Dec 1999-Jan 2003- Lecturer (Critical Care Nursing) - University of Athens Faculty of Nursing, Greece

 

DISTINCTIONS:

  • Elected ambassador of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) 2015-2020/ 2020-2024.
  • Representative of WFCCN to Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)- 2020 Sepsis Guidelines review committee (2018-20).
  • Member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research College of Reviewers (2017- present)
  • World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) representative to the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) Network (2016- present)
  • Representative to the Quality improvement Committee Global Sepsis Alliance Network. (2016- present)
  • Elected Board Member GSA (2019-present)

Research

Dr Papathanassoglou’s research interests combine basic science with the nursing management of acutely ill patients. She explores the effects of non-pharmacological, integrative interventions and stress responses in critical care. She studies the role of stress, stress neuropeptides and apoptosis in the pathophysiology of critical illness and multiple organ dysfunction and the impact on non- pharmacological and integrative approaches on critically ill patients’ outcomes, including inflammation, pain and delirium. Additionally, she explores the long-term outcomes and rehabilitation after acute care and issues of inter-professional collaboration, nursing autonomy and clinical decision-making, as well as patients’ rights and ethical aspects of critical care. Another strong area of interest focuses on the phenomenological investigation of the lived experience of patients and nurses in intensive care and the phenomena of caring, empathy and advocacy. She employs a wide range of research methods, including laboratory, quantitative and qualitative research. She is Scientific Director of the Neurosciences, Rehabilitation & Vision Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services, which is dedicated to improving patient outcomes through implementation of evidence, research and  innovation.

Dr Papathanassoglou has 208 peer reviewed publications. Her published work has received over 5,550 international citations (h-index: 38). She is co- editor at one international peer- reviewed journal, as well as member of the editorial board of 2 international peer-review journals. She has delivered 70 invited lectures at international and national conferences, has presented another 277 papers  at international and national conferences, and has received 13 awards for conference papers. She is elected Ambassador of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) 2015-2024, WFCCN’s representative to the Global Sepsis Alliance Network and co-editor of International Journal of Critical Care, the official journal of WFCCN. She is representative of WFCCN to the 2020 International Surviving Sepsis Guidelines group and member of the Canadian Institutes of Health College of Reviewers. Dr Papathanassoglou has received 25 research grants, as principal/ co-principal investigator investigator and 16 grants as a co-investigator

SELECTED CURRENT GRANTS

Principal/ co=principal Investigator

1.      Canadian Institutes of Health Research- Project Scheme. Papathanasoglou, E., Hegadoren, K., Kutsogiannis, J., Norris, C.M., Bagshaw, S.M., Park, T., Rose, L., Skrobik, Y., Stelfox, T. Relaxation for critically ill Patient Outcomes and Stress-coping Enhancement (REPOSE): Clinical Trial of an Integrative Intervention to improve critically ill patients’ outcomes. (Aug 2016- March 2023) ($187,302).

2.      Alberta Innovates. SPOR Support Grant. PI: Papathanassoglou E. Clinical Trial of an Integrative Intervention to improve critically ill patients’ outcomes. ($ 15,000) (Sep   2017-March 2023)

4.      Alberta Health Services. Grant for NRV SCN Scientific Director: “Outcomes of Critical illness” ($250,000).

5.      New Frontiers in Research Fund: Exploration: Developing an adaptive soundscape Music Therapy System. PI: Frishkopf M (PI), Papathanassoglou E (co-PI), Cohen M, Hindle A, Kutsogiannis J. ($200,000; April 2020-March 2024).

6.      Endowment Fund for the Future: Support for the Advancement of Scholarship (EFF-SAS) Research Fund 2020: Papathanassoglou E, Williams G, Alberto, L. A survey to identify challenges, strategies and recommendations for pandemic management in low and low-middle income countries (L-LMICs) ($10,000).

7.      Praxis Spinal Cord Institute (2020). Papathanassoglou E, Ho C., Manhas, KP, O’Connell P, et al. Mobilizing the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Registry (RHSCIR) for Provincial Quality Improvement in Alberta. ($11,800; Dec 2020- March 2022).

8.      Alberta Paraplegic Foundation. Ho C, Papathanassoglou E (co-PI), Manhas KPH, O’Connell et al. Experience of Patients with Acute Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) From Acute Hospitalization to Inpatient Rehabilitation (co-PI) ($50,000: Nov 2020 – Dec 2021).

9.      Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Emerging COVID-19 Research Gaps and Priorities. Ho C, Papathanassoglou E (co-PI), Kovacs-Burns K (co-PI), Manhas KPH, O’Connell et al. Implementing the Provincial Post COVID-19 Rehabilitation Framework for Screening & Transitions in Alberta: A Pragmatic Evaluation” ($500,000; July 2021- June 2023).

 


Teaching

Dr Papathanassoglou has 20 years of teaching experience, at pre- and post-graduate level in the fields of intensive care nursing, research methodology, evidence-based practice, holistic nursing, advanced practice and pathophysiology.


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Courses

NURS 416 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II

The course builds upon NURS 316 and explores selected episodic and chronic health alterations and the related pharmacological concepts. It focuses on integrating knowledge of chronic and acute health alterations and pharmacologic interventions to inform nursing practice. Aligns with concepts from NURS 344 and NURS 345 intentional clinical learning activities. Note: Available only to nursing students in the After Degree/After Degree Honors Program or RPN-BScN Program. Prerequisite for After Degree/After Degree Honors: NURS 316. Corequisites: NURS 344 (or NURS 307) and NURS 345 (or NURS 308). Students must achieve a minimum grade of C+ in order to progress in the program. Credit may be obtained for only one of NURS 416 or 215.


NURS 593 - Applied Inquiry I - Framing the Inquiry Focus

Engage in structured inquiry in relation to issues from health care and/or nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on exploring key elements of such issues, identifying knowledge gaps, and shaping current understanding in pursuit of questions and methods appropriate for systematic research and inquiry. Co or Prerequisite: NURS 589, NURS 595.


NURS 594 - Applied Inquiry II - Grand Challenge Questions

Participate in guided inquiry, applying research skills and inquiry approaches, designing solutions, and contributing to a knowledge-building community. Student teams investigate a current nursing issue from a range of perspectives informed by advanced leadership, education, clinical and research-based knowledge, theory and practice. Prerequisite: NURS 593.


Browse more courses taught by Elisavet Papathanasoglou

Publications

A Meta-Ethnography of the Lived Experience of Delirium in Intensive Care Unit Patients

Author(s): Ortega DG, Norris CM, Papathanassoglou EDE
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Australian Critical Care
External Link: pii: S1036-7314(18)30232-7

Effects of an Integrative Nursing Intervention on Pain in Critically Ill Patients: A Pilot Clinical Trial.

Author(s): Papathanassoglou E, Hadjibalassi M, Lambrinou E, Papastavrou E, Paikousis L, Kyprianou T.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: American Journal of Critical Care
Volume: 27
Page Numbers: 172-185

Pain distress: the negative emotion associated with procedures in ICU patients.

Author(s): Puntillo KA , Max A , Timsit J-F, Ruckly S , Chanques G, Robleda G , Roche-Campo F , Mancebo J, Divatia JV, Soares M, Ionescu DC, Grintescu IM, Maggiore SM, Rusinova K, Owczuk R, Egerod I, Papathanassoglou EDE, Kyranou M, Joynt GM, Burghi G, Freebairn RC, Ho KM, Kaarlola A, Gerritsen RT, Kesecioglu J, Sulaj MMS, Norrenberg M, Benoit DD, Seha MSG, Hennein A, Pereira FG, Benbenishty JS, Abroug F, Aquilina A, Monte JRC, An Y, Azoulay E.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Intensive Care Medicine
External Link: https ://doi.org/10.1007/s0013 4-018-5344-0

Relaxation for Critically ill Patient Outcomes and Stress-coping Enhancement (REPOSE): A protocol for a clinical trial of an integrative intervention to improve critically ill patients’ delirium and related outcomes.

Author(s): Papathanassoglou E, Kutsogiannis J, Skrobik Y, Hegadoren K, Stelfox T, Norris C, Rose L, Bagshaw S, Meiers M.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: British Medical Journal
External Link: doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023961

The interplay among self-perception and personal and professional worth appraisal in hospital nurses

Author(s): Karanikola NKM, Dolougeri K, Koutrouba A, Giannakopoulou M, Papathanassoglou E
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Frontiers of Psychology
External Link: doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01805

Combination of chest compressions and interposed abdominal compressions in a swine model of ventricular fibrillation.

Author(s): Georgiou M, Papathanassoglou E, Middleton N, Papalois A, Xanthos T.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: American Journal Emergency Medicine

The impact of pain assessment on critically ill patients’ outcomes: A systematic review.

Author(s): Georgiou E, Papathanassoglou E, Andreou P, Hadjibalassi M.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Biomed Research International

Effects of a psycho-cognitive nursing intervention on critical care patients' pain and anxiety levels.

Author(s): Hadjibalassi M, Lambrinou E, Papastavrou E, Miltiadous P, Papathanassoglou E.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Connect: World J Critical Care Nursing.
Volume: 9
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 158

Pilot investigation of the association between serum stress neuropeptide levels and lymphocyte expression of Fas and Fas ligand in critical illness.

Author(s): Papathanassoglou E, Mpouzika M, Giannakopoulou M, Bozas E, Mpoti S, Middleton N, Karabinis A.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Biological Research for Nursing
Volume: 17
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 285-294

Recent advances in understanding pain: What lies ahead for critical care?

Author(s): Papathanassoglou E
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Nursing in Critical Care
Volume: 85
Issue: 11
Page Numbers: 1586-1593

Altered serum stress neuropeptide levels in critically ill individuals and associations with lymphocyte populations.

Author(s): Mpouzika MD, Papathanassoglou ED, Giannakopoulou M, Bozas E, Middleton N, Boti S, Patiraki EI, Karabinis A.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Neuropeptides
Volume: 47
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 25-36

Professional Autonomy and Associations with Nurse-Physician Collaboration and Moral Distress in European Intensive Care Nurses

Author(s): Papathanassoglou EDE, Karanikola M, Kalafati M, Giannakopoulou M, Lemonidou C, Albarran J.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: American Journal of Critical Care
Volume: 21
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: e41-e52.
External Link: http://ajcc.aacnjournals.org/content/21/2/e41.long