Sepali Guruge

Sepali Guruge
Ryerson University · School of Nursing

BScN, MSc, PhD

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Introduction
Sepali Guruge obtained her education in Sri Lanka, the former Soviet Union, and Canada. Presently, Dr. Guruge is engaged in community-based health research on violence against women with colleagues in Canada, the United States, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Brazil, Belgium, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Additional affiliations
January 2005 - present
Ryerson University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (165)
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This article provides a practical description of Carspecken’s (1996) five-stage critical ethnographic approach entitled “Critical Qualitative Research (CQR).” Situated epistemologically and ontologically in the critical paradigm, this article is an exploration of critical ethnography as an important methodology for shedding light on the discursive...
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Females who experience intimate partner violence have frequent and repeated contact with healthcare providers whose ability to provide care and support is contextual and often problematized by gendered attitudes and beliefs. This cross-sectional study examined healthcare providers' responses and preparedness to care for females who reported intimat...
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Background Although prevalent, limited knowledge is available on the experience of sleep problems (i.e., disturbance in sleep latency and in sleep maintenance) and their determinants in immigrant older adults. Purpose To compare immigrant and Canadian-born older adults’ experiences of: 1) sleep problems, 2) determinants of sleep problems, categori...
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This volume on the resilience, commitment, and survival of refugees brings together the latest research and insights from 32 authors across multiple disciplines, united in their pursuit of social justice for the economic, social, and political rights of refugees. The book adopts a reflexive and relational stance without compromising the rigour and...
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OBJECTIVES : Elder abuse is a significant concern worldwide. Several factors are reported to increase the risk for elder abuse, but little is known about which factors are most relevant to immigrant communities. This study explored perceptions of risk factors for elder abuse among older immigrants, which is the first step toward designing effective...
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Mental illness stigma has detrimental effects on health and wellbeing. Approaches to address stigma in racialized populations in Western nations need to emphasize inclusivity, social justice, and sociocultural intersectionality of determinants of health. The current paper evaluates two interventions to reduce stigma of mental illness among Asian me...
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Study background: The aging population in Canada has been increasing steadily over the past 40 years, however, there is limited information about the meaning of aging well amongst older Brazilian women in Canada. Methods: A Heideggerian interpretive phenomenology study was conducted to understand the meaning of aging well amongst older Brazilian...
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Parenting is a demanding undertaking, requiring continuous vigilance to ensure children's emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. It has become even more challenging in the context of COVID-19 restrictions that have led to drastic changes in family life. Based on the results of a qualitative interpretive descriptive study that aimed to under...
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Objectives: Explore women’s and the general public’s demands to improve the quality of obstetric care. Discuss respondents’ suggestions to improve obstetric care, and propose recommendations for nursing advocacy in matters of obstetric violence. Method: A multi-site online survey (in three cities in Brazil’s southeastern region) hosted by Opinio pl...
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The objective of this research was to use intersectionality to explore Asian men’s experiences of stigma and mental illness to tease out the ways in which stigma of mental illness among Asian men is mediated by age, immigration experiences, sexual and gender identities, racism and racialization processes, normative expectations about masculinity, a...
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Objectives: To report the first experience of the Research Chair in Urban Health (Ryerson University-Canada) in Brazil in collaboration with the Federal University of Paraíba through a community opinion consultation about strategies to face violence against women. This experience also offers insights to stimulate renewed visions of international co...
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Intimate partner violence is a global health issue and the most common form of violence experienced by women. This study explored barriers to accessing help to Intimate partner violence related health services among Portuguese-speaking immigrant women in Toronto, Canada. Exploratory study conducted by a survey and focus group discussions with 12 Po...
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Introduction: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a problem affecting one third of women globally. WHO recommends training of nurses at pre-qualification level to care for women experiencing IPV. Simulation based learning is a valuable tool to develop skills of nursing students on IPV. Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of an educational int...
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RÉSUMÉ Le vieillissement et l’immigration ont significativement transformé la composition démographique au Canada, et les immigrants y représentent une proportion croissante de la population adulte plus âgée. L’accès adéquat aux services de santé est essentiel au bien-être et à l’inclusion sociale de cette population. Cet examen de la portée porte...
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Introduction Older adults are the fastest growing age group in Canada. Elder abuse has significant individual and societal implications, so it is critical to address. While interest in this topic is increasing, little is known about the risk factors for elder abuse in immigrant communities in Canada, or about culturally relevant strategies to addre...
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Objective Access to healthcare is an important part of the (re)settlement process for Syrian refugees in Canada. There is growing concern about the healthcare needs of the 54,560 Syrian refugees who were admitted to Canada by May 2018, 80% of whom are women and children. We explored the healthcare needs of newcomer Syrian women, their experiences i...
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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a preventable public health problem. Inadequate skills among nurses in providing care for women who are subjected to IPV was reported in a previous study. The aim of this study is to assess the existing skills of nurses in providing care to women experiencing IPV. Nurses’ skills in supporting woman seeking treat...
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BACKGROUND Older adults are the fastest growing age group worldwide and in Canada. Immigrants represent a significant proportion of older Canadians. Social isolation is common among older adults and has many negative consequences including limiting community and civic participation, increasing income insecurity, and increasing the risk of elder abu...
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Background: Older adults are the fastest growing age group worldwide and in Canada. Immigrants represent a significant proportion of older Canadians. Social isolation is common among older adults and has many negative consequences, including limited community and civic participation, increased income insecurity, and increased risk of elder abuse....
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Background:: Due to racism, xenophobic nationalism, acculturation pressures and patriarchal social relations, Asian men in Western societies may be particularly susceptible to negative experiences and beliefs regarding mental illness and treatment services. Aims:: We examine factors associated with stigma toward mental illness among Asian men in...
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Invited presentation at research symposium at The Provincial Director of Health services (western province) Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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The higher prevalence of insomnia in women has been attributed to biological factors, which are less likely than cognitive and behavioural factors to play a role in perpetuating insomnia. Gender differences in perpetuating factors have not been extensively examined. This study compared men’s and women’s self-reports of factors that perpetuate insom...
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Background: The available evidence on interventions addressing the stigma of mental illness is limited because of small samples, lack of diversity in study samples, and exclusion of people living with mental illness. To date, no published studies have evaluated anti-stigma interventions for Asian men in Canada. Aim This paper describes the protoco...
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Keynote presentation at the Supporting Emotional Wellbeing and Access to Healthcare for Syrian Mothers workshop, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, BC.
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Keynote presentation at The Immigrant Seniors in Canada: An Asset and not a Liability, Toronto, ON.
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Invited talk (University-wide) at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii.
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This paper presents the results of a qualitative, interpretive, descriptive, study that explored the lived experiences of immigrant women who had experienced intimate partner violence and consequently were facing housing concerns in Vancouver, Canada. The data were generated through 15 individual interviews with immigrant women (n=11) who had exper...
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Presented at the office of the vice-president, research and innovation (OVPRI), Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario.
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Presented at the Albion Branch – Toronto Public Library.
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Paper presented at CSA-SCS conference - 2017 Congress, as part of the Track: Rethinking immigrant settlement: Women, youth and seniors
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Background: Exposure to armed conflict and/or war have been linked to an increase in intimate partner violence (IPV) against women. A substantial body of work has focused on non-partner rape and sexual violence in war and post-war contexts, but research about IPV is limited, particularly in Asian settings. This paper presents the finding of a stud...
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Presented as part of the Panel on Cross-sectoral collaboration at the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s event: Action Table: Improving mental health service planning for immigrant, refugee, ethno-cultural and racialized populations. Ottawa, ON.
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Presented as part of the workshop Integration Trajectories of immigrant families (organized by Bauder, H) at the 19th National Metropolis Conference in Montreal, QC.
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Background: The importance of adapting evidence-based health interventions to enhance their congruence with the beliefs of ethno-cultural communities is well recognized. Although a systematic cultural adaptation process is available, it lacks specific instructions on how to adapt interventions so that they are aligned with cultural beliefs. In this...
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Background Violence is a critical public health problem associated with compromised health and social suffering that are preventable. The Centre for Global Health and Health Equity organized a forum in 2014 to identify: (1) priority issues related to violence affecting different population groups in Canada, and (2) strategies to take action on prio...
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OBJECTIVE This study was conducted to understand the experiences of intimate partner violence among women from Portuguese-speaking countries living in the Greater Toronto Area. METHOD A social phenomenological study was conducted with ten Portuguese-speaking women who had experienced intimate partner violence who were selected by community centre...
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Promoting the health of Ontario’s Syrian refugee women through access to online information and social support. Invited talk at the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.
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Presented at the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing's SRC colloquium, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious public health and social problem. Although women survivors of IPV visit hospitals, their health problems associated with IPV often go unnoticed. Nurses are in a key position to identify and help women address their health concerns. Inadequacy of educational preparation of Sri Lankan nurses to play the ab...
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BackgroundA growing body of research shows links between poor teamwork and preventable surgical errors. Similar work has received little attention in the Global South, and in South Asia, in particular. This paper describes surgeons’ perception of teamwork, team members’ roles, and the team processes in a teaching hospital in Sri Lanka to highlight...
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Stigma can have detrimental effects on the health and wellbeing of individuals living with a mental illness. This scoping review describes the nature, range, and extent of intervention research aimed at reducing public and self-stigma of mental illness in the Canadian context. The review was guided by Arksey and O’Malley’s framework. A search of da...
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Presented at Scholarship Development Day - Challenging to Dare Moving knowledge forward through exploration radical questions
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Presented at Scholarship Development Day-Challenging to Dare Moving knowledge forward through exploration radical questions
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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major health concern for women worldwide. Many studies have explored IPV within the (mainland) United States but very few have explored the topic in Hawai'i. Thirteen women from Hilo, Hawai'i who had experienced IPV participated in one-on-one interviews. An intersectionality perspective and an ecological or ecos...
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The purpose of this scoping review is to identify cardiovascular interventions that are designed to address the needs of immigrant women across North America and Europe. The articles retrieved were reviewed independently by both the first author and a trained research assistant. Although the search revealed many articles and resources related to su...
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One third of the immigrant population around the world is made up of women. Of these women, many belong to the Portuguese community. Immigrants account for more than one in five Canadians. The Portuguese older immigrant women living in Canada are vulnerable to be victims of intimate partner violence (IPV), which is a prevalent and important global...
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Presented at Faculty of Community Services (FCS): “Faculty Achievement Event”, at Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.
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South Asia is considered to have a high prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women. Therefore the World Health Organisation has called for context-specific information about IPV from different regions. A scoping review of published and gray literature over the last 35 years was conducted using Arksey and O'Malley's framework. Repor...
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RÉSUMÉ Une population vieillissante et la croissance de la population sur la base de l’immigration nécessitent que la recherche, la pratique et la politique doivent se concentrer sur la santé mentale des immigrants âgés, surtout parce que leur santé mentale semble se détériorer au fil du temps. Cette revue se concentre sur: Qu’est-ce que l’on sait...
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This paper uses Arksey and O'Malley's (2005) framework for conducting scoping reviews to examine 25 years of Canadian literature to understand the importance of cultural beliefs, religion, and spirituality in the context of immigrant mental health and/or service utilization. A review of 24 selected articles revealed 4 broad areas relative to the ro...
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The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC) strategy calls for promoting the health and wellbeing of all Canadians and to improve mental health outcomes. Each year, one in every five Canadians experiences one or more mental health problems, creating a significant cost to the health system. Mental health is pivotal to holistic health and wellbei...
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Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death among women from low- to middle-income countries. The most common cardiovascular nursing intervention is that of patient education. However, the applicability of this intervention is questionable, as these educational initiatives are typically designed and evaluated using samples of "white" h...