We have submitted an article titled: “Strengths-Based Nursing Reconceiving Nursing To Meet The Challenges Of A Transforming Health Care System”, to the British Medical Journal. The article is co-authored with Dr. Norman Doidge, who is a well-known neuro-psychiatrist and one of the founders of neuroplasticity. Dr. Doidge strongly believes in the concepts and philosophy of SBN.  It is hoped that by publishing such an article in a prominent medical journal SBN will be not only introduced to the wider medical community and physicians in particular, but help get the physician buy-in, which is essential if SBN is to take hold.

The latest information that we have is that it is still under review.




A unique opportunity presented itself with the announcement of this one-time only, joint grant competition by the SSHRC and CIHR on the Healthy and Productive Workplace. It is a partnership grant that brought together the partners with whom we have been working with for the past 18 months. This is a two-phase grant: Phase 1 is to create the partnership, do some pilot work, and consider how to scale up the project. This phase is for two years at 75K per year (we were awarded the full amount). The “carrot” is the second phase of the grant. Only those who have been awarded a Phase 1 grant are eligible to apply for Phase 2. Phase 2 is to scale up the project. Phase 2 is a 5-year grant and will be awarded 2.5 Million dollars. Partnerships have been given and of the 20 partnerships, eight will be given for Phase 2.

Grant Progress June- Dec. 2016

A project director Gretchen Keller has been hired, who is has a Masters in Nursing from McGill University. Her first task has been to organize a meeting of all the partners and collaborators in order to start the implementation of our project. This meeting took place on Aug 31st & Sept 1st in Toronto. In preparation for the meeting we hired 3 students to conduct literature scans, in each of the areas of the project that will be required to conduct the project. These scans were presented at the meeting. The goal of the meeting, was first and foremost to bring all of the partners together for the first time and to start the process of developing specific protocols and timetables for each of the grants components. To this end the sub-committees have subsequently met and are now preparing the various protocols for IRB approval. It is our intention to prepare a single set of protocols that will first be submitted to McGill  University and then to all of the other institutions involved in the project. Once the protocols are approved we will begin to arrange for the first pilot training program to be conducted, hopefully sometime in the late spring of 2017.  


 3rd Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference.

Dr. Laurie Gottlieb presented a   paper titled: “Strengths-Based Nursing: Reclaiming Nursing Values To Meet the Challenges of 21st Century Health Care “ on March 12th at the Royal College of Physicians headquarters in London. At the conference Laurie made a number of valuable connections.

Oxford Health Experience Institute, Oxford University (OHEI)

OHEXI is the leading pioneer in patient experiences. They have over 1000 interviews of people describing their health experiences. Anyone can access and use their website ( As a part of her sabbatical project, Dr. Laurie Gottlieb was invited to be an affiliated with the Institute. Dr. Louise Locock, her sponsor, has been very generous with her time and been a terrific resource. In light of our grant, Laurie has been exploring how they are using these interviews to change practice.

 Symposium on Realist Evaluation.

Drs. Laurie and Bruce Gottlieb attended a symposium on realist evaluation (RE), organized by the Department of Primary Care at Oxford University on the 12th of April. The symposium was led by Dr. Justin Jagosh, a fellow Canadian who heads the Center of Realist Evaluation at the University of Liverpool. RE is a method to evaluate programs.  It not only asks whether a program worked but also how did it work and why did it work.

Trip to Northern Ireland.

Drs. Laurie and Bruce Gottlieb flew to Northern Ireland on 13th of April to learn more about a program in ACST (Advanced Communication Skill Training) that Laurie learned about at the Commonwealth Conference. We are thinking that we might include such a module in the grant training program. Anne’s husband is the Director of Nursing of one of Northern Ireland’s major healthcare trusts They are both coming to stay with us for a long weekend. This will give us an opportunity to explore possible collaborations with them and involve them in our work.

In preparing for the workshop on Realist Evaluation (RE), Dr. Bruce Gottlieb came across a critique of RE’s underlying foundations, and its applicability. As chance would have it, the author of these papers, Dr. Sam Porter, is head of Nursing at Queens University in Belfast, so that we were able to meet him and discuss his problems in trying to use RE in analyzing the effectiveness of a nursing program. He very kindly agreed to serve as a resource person if we do decide to use RE

 Trip to Portugal.

Dr. Laurie Gottlieb had been invited to launch the Portuguese edition of Strengths-Based Nursing Care in Oporto, Portugal on May 5th. In addition, she gave talks on SBN at the Universities of Oporto, Coimbra and Lisbon to support the launch of the book. Hopefully, this will result in SBN being adapted as the nursing approach in these universities and then subsequently as the approach to practice, at least in the associated teaching hospitals.

 Trip to Scotland

Drs. Laurie and Bruce Gottlieb travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland on May 20th to meet with Professors Brendan McCormack and Jan Dewing, at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Professors McCormack and Dewing are experts in practice development in nursing and we discussed how we might use some of their approaches in implementing SBN in health care.

Experience-Based Co-Design.

 Drs. Laurie and Bruce Gottlieb met with  Professors Glen Robert and Jill Maben of Kings College, London. They are experts in the concept of experience-based co-design, which we intend to use as the basis for designing our project. This approach will be of particular importance because one of the objectives of our SSHRC-CIHR grant is to form true partnerships between each of the members of the grant. To this end we have already begun using this approach at our first meeting of all the partnersType your paragraph here.