Patti McGillicuddy

University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Publications (5)3.14 Total impact

  • Dmytro Khabarov · Gina Dimitropoulos · Patti McGillicuddy
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to further understanding of what it means for family caregivers to be included in their relatives’ care and identify what type of care they are providing. This study used a qualitative research design to recruit 12 participants, who were family caregivers, from the adult neurology and neurosurgery units at a hospital located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The data were collected using semistructured interviews, which were conducted in person and ranged between 30 and 60 minutes in length. Analysis of the data was conducted using phenomenological guidelines and principles. Upon review, the results indicated that the participants shared common experiences that were grouped into three main themes: (1) unfamiliarity with the hospital environment and procedures, (2) identifying the hidden realities of families and caregivers, and (3) strengthening collaborative dialogues and opportunities. Overall, this study exemplified that the need to continue to recognize family caregivers’ experiences and their involvement is paramount in being able to understand how and in what way patient care can be better optimized collaboratively, during treatment delivery and recovery stages.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Health & social work
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate how frontline healthcare professionals witness and understand disparity in cancer care. Method: Six healthcare providers from a range of care settings, none with < 15 years of frontline experience, engaged with researchers in an iterative process of identifying and reflecting on equity and disparity in cancer care. This knowledge exchange began with formal interviews. Thematic analysis of the interviews form the basis of this article. Results: Participants drew attention to health systems issues, the meaning and experience of discontinuities in care for patients at personal and community levels, and the significance of social supports. Other concerns raised by participants were typical of the literature on healthcare disparities. Significance of results: Providers at the front lines of care offer a rich source of insight into the operation of disparities, pointing to mechanisms rarely identified in traditional quantitative studies. They are also well positioned to advocate for more equitable care at the local level.
    No preview · Article · May 2013 · Palliative and Supportive Care
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to better understand the processes of care for people living with serious mental illness who are diagnosed with cancer, from the perspectives of social workers. Interviews were conducted with 11 social workers at a multisite acute and tertiary care centre in Ontario, Canada. Analysis showed how patients diagnosed with serious mental illness were channeled to mental health services and their cancer-related concerns discredited, and how care was compromised by the compartmentalization of mental and physical health care. The study also revealed that relationships between patients and their families were often repaired or reactivated by a cancer diagnosis, and health care providers' empathy and resources mobilized. Theories of stigma are used to deepen study findings and to highlight the significance of social workers' actions in creating health care environments that are less disabling for people diagnosed with a mental illness. The vital roles social workers play in clinical coordination and in ensuring care equity-and the factors that impede these roles-are discussed.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2013 · Social Work in Mental Health
  • C. Sinding · L. Barnoff · P. McGillicuddy · P. Grassau · F. Odette

    No preview · Article · Jan 2010
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    ABSTRACT: The experiences that marginalized breast cancer populations have in common are rarely considered. The authors look across 3 qualitative studies to explore the experiences of older, lower-income, and Aboriginal women diagnosed with cancer and treated by the cancer care system in Ontario, Canada. The research examines critical moments in participants' narratives that parallel one another and are categorized within 2 themes: Not Getting Cancer Care and Not Getting Supportive Care. Although exploratory, the findings merit attention both for what they tell us about women's experiences, and because they suggest disparities in access to treatment and psychosocial support.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2009 · Journal of Cancer Education

Publication Stats

18 Citations
3.14 Total Impact Points


  • 2013-2015
    • University Health Network
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • University of Toronto
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2009
    • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada