Elizabeth Quinlan

Elizabeth Quinlan
University of Saskatchewan | U of S · Department of Sociology

Doctor of Philosophy

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Publications (51)
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en Once thought to be the only genuinely revolutionary force, the labor movement is in retreat worldwide. By way of example, this article argues that by reawakening our human capacity for solidaristic relationships, theatrical plays are one means of revitalizing the labor movement. This article uses the theory of interaction rituals to analyze a dr...
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The article reports on a theatre-based intervention designed to address workplace harassment among direct caregivers in Canada. The study is part of a larger analytical project that relies on labour process theory and critical realist evaluation methodology to understand what interventions work, how, for whom, and under what circumstances. Using Th...
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Workplace harassment, from a labour process theoretic perspective, is a consequence of the convergence of several historical trends that affect the way work is organized under contemporary capitalism. On this view, interventions such as communication skills training, complaint procedures, and workplace policies have limited chance of eliminating ha...
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Secondary lymphedema after cancer (SLC) lacks a strong presence within breast cancer survivorship discourses despite its notably high rates. Using arts-based research methods, an ethnodrama on SLC was developed with seven women living with SLC. We interviewed nine women with SLC about their responses to the ethnodrama in relation to their own exper...
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Realist synthesis techniques can be used to assess complex interventions by extracting and synthesizing configurations of contexts, mechanisms, and outcomes found in the literature. Our novel and multi-pronged approach to the realist synthesis of workplace harassment interventions describes our pursuit of theory to link macro and program level theo...
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Research has demonstrated considerable health benefits derived from incorporating the arts in health care. Yet, the process of translating research knowledge into clinical practice requires a sensitive understanding of the practice context. In this article, we consider the challenges to clinicians’ integration of the popular, expressive art forms i...
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Recent media coverage of the rape chant at Saint Mary’s University, the misogynist Facebook posts at Dalhousie’s dental school, and the suspension of the University of Ottawa’s hockey team have brought the topic of campus sexual assault under intense public scrutiny and the media accounts point to a widespread systemic rape culture on Canadian camp...
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Arm morbidity (AM) arising from breast cancer (BC) treatment can detrimentally impact quality of life; often limiting a survivor’s ability to participate in valued activities. The present study explored (a) the developmental time course of AM [restricted range of motion (ROM), pain, and arm volume changes], negative affect, and perceived disability...
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Objective: The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate the palliative potential of home-based yoga sessions provided to women with advanced cancer. Method: Personalised 45-minute yoga sessions were offered to three women with advanced cancer by an experienced yoga teacher. Each woman took part in a one-to-one interview after the completio...
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The Creative Practices for People with Cancer is a research team experimenting with the popular arts for purpose of improving survivors’ quality of life. Popular expressive art forms (e.g. drumming and mask-making) are assessed for their potential value for cancer survivors via surveyed team members and a “sculpting” session. Two themes, social coh...
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Methods: Ethnodrama performances were developed by script writers and a theatre director in collaboration with the investigators and BCS using data from published research and pre-performances workshops. The 25- minute performance follows a readers' theatre model. Six interactive live performances were given to audiences of BCS, HCP, and community...
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Lymphedema can cause significant physical impairment and quality-of-life issues. Yet there is a gap in knowledge about lymphedema among breast cancer survivors (BCS), and health care professionals (HCP). Ethnodrama is an innovative knowledge translation strategy that uses theatrical performances for dissemination of research results. We evaluated t...
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Drawing on a shared recognition that community is defined, understood, constructed, and reconstructed through contextually inflected relationships, collaborating authors use diverse interdisciplinary case studies to argue that rigorous community-engaged scholarship advances capacities for critical pursuit of cognitive and social justice. Whether th...
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The impact of arm morbidity on leisure and quality of life is an understudied area in cancer survivorship. The purpose of this study was to qualitatively describe the impact of breast cancer-related arm morbidity on leisure participation in Canadian women. A grounded theory approach was used to generate thematic categories and a model. Drawing on p...
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L’incidence de l’atteinte du bras sur les loisirs et la qualite de vie est un domaine sous-etudie de la survie au cancer. Cette etude visait a decrire qualitativement l’incidence de l’atteinte du bras liee au cancer sur la participation a des loisirs parmi des femmes canadiennes. Nous avons utilise une approche basee sur la theorie ancree afin de p...
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This paper examines the activism of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Mine Mill and Smelter Workers Union - Canada (MMSW) in the 1940s and 1950s. Drawing on Institutional Ethnography (IE), this paper examines the work of individual MMSW Auxiliary locals across Canada and the ways in which localized political action was coordinated through texts. The pape...
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Abstract: In this paper we explore proposals for encouraging discussion of advance-care planning. The importance of advance-care planning is underscored by the aging of our population, particularly the large post-war baby-boom generation who are entering their senior years. The paper is based on the results of our earlier survey of residents of a w...
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Lymphedema, pain, and range of motion restrictions after breast cancer remain underexplored, and few interventions have been developed for these women. Together with a yoga instructor, our interdisciplinary research team developed a yoga program for women with lymphedema after breast cancer (n = 13). Qualitative interviews and participants' journal...
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The use of popular expressive arts as antidotes to the pathologies of the parallel processes of lifeworld colonization and cultural impoverishment has been under-theorized. This article enters the void with a project in which breast cancer survivors used collages and installations of everyday objects to solicit their authentic expression of the psy...
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The problem of staff-to-staff bullying and its consequences in the health care sector has given rise to urgent knowledge needs among health care employers, union representatives, and professional associations. The purpose of this scoping review is to increase the uptake and application of synthesized research results of interventions designed to ad...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to share two researcher's experience about the challenges associated with shadowing within the health care context. Design/methodology/approach – Institutional ethnography and shadowing. Findings – Shadowing is increasingly being used as a data collection method, however, before proceeding to use this approa...
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Socialism is, for the time being, in eclipse. But sooner or later, after we have assimilated the achievements, the mistakes, and the shortcomings of the past, it will revive and again inspire millions of people as it did in earlier years. Why? Because it grows organically and inevitably out of the struggle against capitalism. And, given the worldwi...
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Background: Breast cancer surgery is the most common cause of secondary lymphoedema, yet there is little understanding about the changes in lymphoedema over time in breast cancer survivors. Further, the role of arm dominance in the development and persistence of lymphoedema has not been adequately explored. Aim: This study aimed to determine the ra...
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Background. While rates of advance care documentation amongst the general public remain low, there is increasing recognition of the value of informal planning to address patient preferences in serious illness. Objectives. To determine the associations between personal attributes and formal and informal planning for serious illness across age groups...
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The purpose of the study is to explore the role of the nurse practitioner (NP) in facilitating knowledge exchange within multidisciplinary primary healthcare teams. The rationale for the study is that most knowledge transfer and exchange literature is from a single profession perspective; yet, an increasing number of healthcare practitioners work i...
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Teaching innovative schools of thought call for innovative methods of instruction. This article investigates the challenges associated with teaching Actor-Network Theory (ANT) and proposes a creative pedagogical approach of ‘performing’ ANT in the classroom. This article presents a small case study of an instance where this theatrical method was em...
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Teaching innovative schools of thought call for innovative methods of instruction. This article investigates the challenges associated with teaching Actor-Network Theory (ANT) and proposes a creative pedagogical approach of ‘performing’ ANT in the classroom. This article presents a small case study of an instance where this theatrical method was em...
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Most longitudinal breast cancer studies have found that treatment-related sequelae such as arm morbidity [lymphedema, pain, and range of motion (ROM) restrictions] can have a significant impact on quality of life. In a previous study, we found that at 6-12 months after breast cancer surgery, 49% of participants had difficulties engaging in recreati...
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Breast cancer survivors can anticipate a number of years of paid labor market participation. Therefore, the link between breast cancer survivorship and productivity deserves serious consideration. The hypothesis guiding this study is that arm disability, particularly pain and range of motion limitations, are important explanatory variables in survi...
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Empirical research on multi-disciplinary health care teams has yet to explore the development of mutual understanding between team members in the course of their collective clinical decision-making. This paper addresses this gap in the literature directly by examining changes in mutual understanding and the extent to which its facilitation is share...
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The introduction of knowledge teams, as a new form of work organization, is one of many institutional transformations associated with the knowledge economy. The research on the effects of this new form of work organization on the social processes by which knowledge workers exchange, create, and apply knowledge is limited. The research that does exi...
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To identify the essential components of a mentorship program as the first step in the ongoing development of a mentorship program for primary care physicians. Mixed-methods study. Saskatchewan. PARTICPANTS: Forty-nine of 170 physicians responded positively to a letter of invitation. Of these, 25 physicians were purposively sampled based on location...
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The use of various creative art forms in the research process is reflective of the turn towards interpretative practices that make visible certain aspects of the social world. Theatre, especially, has the capacity to convey meanings that pertain to the flux of social relationships. Reported in this paper is a particular use of theatre that is locat...
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This article presents a mixed methods research design that embeds social network analysis, a quantitative method, into the qualitative approach, institutional ethnography, using an illustrative example of rape reporting. There are two practical outcomes of the embedded mixed methods research design, underwritten by the pragmatist paradigm: it offer...
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Following the forum, the University agreed to conduct an external safety audit. Representatives from CASA met with the reviewers and presented 36 recommendations, compiled from the forum, for improving safety on campus. Notable recommendations included: 1) Implementing a student-run Victim Advocate position, designed to provide public education on...
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Throughout its short history, the voice of forensic science has carried with it the authority of being the "heroic truth" within legal cases of sexual violence (Di Fonzo). As J. Herbie DiFonzo suggests, since its inception "DNA forensic procedures have attained the courtroom air of lawlessness, often referred to as the 'mystical spell' of DNA" (2)....
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In a research context, Participatory Theatre (PT) has been applied to a variety of social problems from sexual assault to community building, youth socialization, and stroke education. However, it has never been used with family caregivers of persons with dementia. The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of using PT with caregivers...
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We proposed to document the effect of arm morbidity and disability in 40 Canadian women who were 12-24 months post breast cancer surgery. We completed 40 qualitative interviews as one component of a multidisciplinary national longitudinal study of arm morbidity after breast cancer (n = 745) involving four research sites (Fredericton/Saint John, Mon...
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This study is set against the backdrop of the evolving order of a health care system in a province implementing a set of concurrent reforms. The study investigates how 'knowledge work' of multi-disciplinary health care teams is actually done and how it is co-ordinated across sites. Knowledge work involves three processes: the creation of new knowle...
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Each year over 20,000 Canadian women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Many breast cancer survivors anticipate a considerable number of years of potential participation in the paid labour market, therefore, the link between breast cancer survivorship and productivity deserves serious consideration. The hypothesis guiding this study is that arm morb...
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Shadowing entails a researcher closely following a subject over a period of time to investigate what people actually do in the course of their everyday lives, not what their roles dictate of them. Behaviors, opinions, actions, and explanations for those actions are reflected in the resulting thick, descriptive data. There is little written that des...
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The prevailing discourse informing most Canadian training and labour market policy assumes a positive link between individuals’ training and their labour market returns in the new knowledge economy. The primary objective of the study is to test the current rhetoric by developing a statistical model of women’s job‐related training. Training particip...
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This study examines women’s presence in mathematics programs in Canadian universities by analysing enrolment and degree attainment statistics. For this comparative study, women’s participation in engineering and in all programs is also considered. The analysis begins by presenting current data, then trends in the growth in participation and in the...
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One manifestation of the ‘new managerialism’ in theCanadian health caresystem is the increase in workplace bullying. An occupational group especiallysusceptible to workplace bullying is Continuing Care Assistants (CCAs) whoprovide personal care to long-term care home residents and individuals in theirown homes in Saskatchewan. These foot soldiers o...

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