Karla Krewulak, PhD is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Calgary. She received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Calgary. In her current role, she coordinates Dr. Kirsten Fiest’s research programs: Effect of COVID-19 restricted visitation policies and Family-administered delirium prevention, detection and management in critical adults. Her research interests include ICU delirium and engaging families of critically ill patients in patient care.

Position/Title: Senior Research Associate

Institution: University of Calgary

Department: Critical Care Medicine

Email: kkrewula@ucalgary.ca

Link to Personal website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Karla_Krewulak

Link to Institutional Profile: https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/research/calgary-critical-care-research-network/meet-team/Karla-Krewulak

Areas of Expertise: Critical Care, Systematic Reviews and Metal Analyses, Research Coordination, Patient and Family Oriented Research, Mixed Methods Research

Names of Current Grants/Project Titles: 

2020-2021: Understanding and managing the effects of COVID-19 restricted visitation policies on critically ill patients and the families and healthcare providers of critically ill patients; PI: Dr. Kirsten Fiest

2020-2022; Moving Engagement Beyond the Bedside: Family-Partnered Delirium Prevention Detection and Management in the Critically Ill; CIHR Project Grant; PI: Dr. Kirsten Fiest

2019-2022; Co-Designing a Patient and Family Caregiver-Orientated Transitions in Care Bundle; CIHR Team Grant; PI: Dr. Kirsten Fiest

Select Publications: 

Krewulak, K.D., Bull, M.J., Ely, E.W., Davidson, J.E., Stelfox HT, Fiest K.M. “Effectiveness of an ICU family education intervention on delirium knowledge: a pre-test post-test quasi-experimental study” under review at the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. doi: 10.1007/s12630-020-01810-5.

Krewulak, K.D. Sept, B.G., Stelfox, H.T., Ely, E.W., Davidson, J.E., Ismail, Z., Fiest, K.M. “Feasibility and acceptability of family administration of delirium detection tools in the intensive care unit: a patient-oriented pilot study.” (2019) CMAJ Open 7:  E294-E299.

Krewulak, K.D., Stelfox, H.T., Leigh, J.P., Ely, E.W., Fiest, K.M. “Incidence and Prevalence of Delirium Subtypes in an Adult ICU: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” (2018) Crit Care Med 46:  2029-2035.