Dr. Niven is an intensive care physician, and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Critical Care Medicine, and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. He received his M.D. from the University of Calgary, and went on to complete subspecialty training in Internal Medicine and Critical Care at the University of Calgary. He also completed a Ph.D in Health Services Research through the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary, and the Knowledge Translation Canada Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR) fellowship in knowledge translation. His research utilizes methods in health services research and knowledge translation to improve the delivery of evidence-based care to critically ill patients.

Position/Title: Assistant Professor / Intensivist

Institution: University of Calgary / Alberta health Services

Department: Department of Critical Care Medicine

Email: Daniel.niven@ahs.ca

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Areas of Expertise: Administrative Database Analysis; Clinical Trials; Critical Care; Knowledge Synthesis; Systematic and Scoping Reviews; Health Services Research; Knowledge Translation,; De-adoption; Fever

Names of Current Grants/Project Titles:

2020-2024; Don’t Misuse My Blood: Reducing Avoidable Blood Tests and Avoidable Blood Transfusions in Patients admitted to Critical Care and High-risk Surgical Units in Alberta; Alberta Innovates (AI) Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System 5 (PRIHS) $751,654. PI: Daniel Niven

2020-2024: Minimizing Variation In Care Among Critically Ill Patients With Respiratory Failure Through Implementation Of An Evidence Informed Care Pathway; CIHR $600,524 PI: Daniel Niven

2019-2021; REDUCE (RED blood cell Utilization in Critical CareE); Choosing Wisely Project Grant $99,631; PI: Daniel Niven

2019-2021: Creating a Living Knowledge Translation Agenda to Improve the Delivery of Evidence-based Care in Adult Critical Care Medicine; CIHR Project Grant; $393,974; PI: Daniel Niven

2019-2021: Developing a Provincial Learning Healthcare System: An Innovative Clinical Trial to Optimize Safe and Effective Use of Human Albumin Solutions; CIHR Catalyst Grant; $98,312; PI Daniel Niven

2017 - 2019: Prioritization of Evidence-based Best Practices for Adoption/De-adoption in Adult Critical Care Medicine in Alberta. MSI Foundation plus in-kind contributions from Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Calgary, CCSCN, and Ward of the 21st Century.

Select Publications: 

Niven DJ, Rubenfeld GD, Kramer AA, Stelfox HT. The Effect of Published Scientific Evidence on Glycemic Control in Adult Intensive Care Units. JAMA Internal Medicine 2015;175(5): 801-809.

Niven DJ, Gaudet JE, Laupland KB, Mrklas KJ, Roberts DJ, Stelfox HT. Accuracy of Peripheral Thermometers for Estimating Temperature: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Annals of Internal Medicine 2015;163(10):768-777.

Niven DJ, Mrklas KM, Holodinsky JK, Straus SE, Hemmelgarn BR, Jeffs LP, Stelfox HT. Towards Understanding the De-adoption of Low-value Clinical Practices: A Scoping Review. BMC Medicine 2015;13:255.

Sypes EE, de Grood C, Whalen-Browne, L, Parsons Leigh J, Clement FM, Niven DJ, Stelfox HT. Engaging patients in de-implementation interventions to reduce low-value clinical care: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Med. 2020 May 8; 18:116. **Denotes Co-senior authors

Sypes EE, de Grood C, Clement FM, Parsons Leigh J, Stelfox HT, Niven DJ. Understanding the public’s role in reducing low-value care: a scoping review. Implementation Science. 2020 Apr 7; 15(1):20.

Gershengorn HB, Stelfox HT, Niven DJ, Wunsch H. Association of Baseline Blood Pressure with Vasopressor Infusion Duration in Patients with Shock. Am J Resp Crit Care Med. 2020 Apr 9. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201908-1681OC

Stelfox HT, Bourgault AM, Niven DJ. De-implementing low-value care in critically ill patients: a call to action. Intensive Care Medicine. 2019;45(10):1443-1446.

Young P, Bellomo R, Bernard G, Niven DJ, Schortgen F, Saxena M, Beasley R, Weatherall M. Fever Control in Critically Ill Adults: An Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials. Intensive Care Medicine. 2019;45(4):468-476. doi: 10.1007/s00134-019-05553