Peter Oxland is a Family Advisor with Alberta Health Services (AHS), Critical Care Strategic Clinical Network; a Patient and Community Engagement Researcher (PaCER); a volunteer with AHS Grief Support Program’s spousal loss groups; a volunteer in Foothills Medical Centre’s ICU; a Distress Centre Calgary crisis line worker; and a host for weekly community drums circles at Wellspring Calgary. He got involved with Critical Care in early 2013 after the tragic death of his wife who had a nasty cancerous nasal cavity tumour which masqueraded as chronic sinusitis, leading to a very late diagnosis and her dying in ICU. Pete is sincerely fascinated in the topic of grief/bereavement/loss which everyone experiences in different ways during their life. He is inspired by the opportunity to understand the collective voice of former ICU patients and family members through research, and have this complement (and balance) traditional scientific medical research, to help inform change in the very challenging ‘world of Intensive Care’. His professional career was 33+ years with IBM Canada, the last 10 years as a senior managing consultant working exclusively with clients. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo.
Position: Family Advisor
Institution: Alberta Health Services
SCN: Critical Care SCN
Research Areas of Interest: End of life in ICU; Grief/bereavement/loss; Patient & family (& ICU provider) experiences in ICU: Moral distress of ICU providers: Compassionate care; ‘Meaningful’ engagement of the public in research (where ‘meaningful’ means for all stakeholders)
Names of Current Grants/Project Titles:
2014 - 2017. Reassessing Practices in the Daily Care of Critically Ill Patients: Opportunities to Identify and Close Evidence Care Gaps
2016 - 2018. Identifying Spiritual Distress in Families of ICU Patients: The INSPIRE Study
2017 - 2020. Identifying barriers and facilitators to accurate delirium measurement in the critically ill
2017 - 2020. Prioritization of Evidence-based Best Practices for Adoption/De-adoption in Adult Critical Care
Engagement Activities/Advisor Activities: Research - Café Scientifique June 2015 panel member; Reviewer & collaborator for multiple grants (current & past); Member of Patient & Community Engagement (PaCER) led project as part of the Evidence Care Gaps project; Critical Care SCN - member of core committee; Co-chair of Patient & Family Centred Care Collaborative Committee
Gill M, Stelfox HT. (2016). Patient and Family Member-Led Research in the Intensive Care Unit: A Novel Approach to Patient-Centered Research. PLOS ONE 11(8): e0160947. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0160947. : 1-16.
Potestio ML, Boyd JM. (2015). Engaging the Public to Identify Opportunities to Improve Critical Care: A Qualitative Analysis of an Open Community Forum. PLOS ONE. : 1-11.
Oxland P, Wickson P. Engaging Patients and Families in Leading Research to Inform and Advance Patient and Family Centred Care in Critical Care. Quality Summit 2016 (Alberta Health Services), Calgary, Canada, Conference Date: 2016/10
Oxland P, Boulton D, Oswell D. “How would you do it without family support?” ...Contributions of Families to Patient Care in Intensive Care Units and Hospital Wards. Quality Summit 2016 (Alberta Health Services), Calgary, Canada, Conference Date: 2016/10
Oxland P, Wickson P. (2016). Engaging Patients and Families in Leading Research to Inform and Advance Patient and Family Centred Care in Critical Care. The 7th International Conference on Patient- and Family- Centered Care (Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care), New York, United States. Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care, Conference Date: 2016/7