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Sandra Dunn, RN PhD photo of Sandra Dunn
Knowledge Translation Specialist, BORN Ontario
Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing,
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa
Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies,
University of Ottawa
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing,
Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University
Associate Investigator, Nursing Best Practice Research Unit,
University of Ottawa
613-737-7600 Ext. 6018
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Dr. Dunn is currently involved in a number of research projects:
1. Attributes, Contextual Factors and Barriers to Effective Use of the Maternal Newborn Dashboard in Ontario
2. Implementation of a Family Decision Support Service at CHEO
3. MSH-CARES - A Multifaceted Intervention to Reduce Cesarean Section Rates in a Low Risk Population: A Process and Outcome Evaluation
4. Implementation of a Noise Reduction Policy in NICU


Sandy is the Knowledge Translation Specialist at the Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN Ontario), a Clinical Investigator at the CHEO Research Institute, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa. Her work includes mixed methods research, data quality analysis, program evaluation, knowledge translation, and inter-professional shared decision-making in perinatal care. Sandy is a co-Investigator on grants funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the CHEO Research Institute. She has published and presented extensively about issues in perinatal care, interprofessional shared decision-making, data quality, and knowledge translation to facilitate practice change in perinatal care.

Sample Publications:
Dunn, S., Sprague, A., Fell, D., Dy, J., Harrold, J., Lamontagne, B., & Walker, M. (2013). The use of a quality indicator to reduce elective, repeat cesarean section for low risk women before 39 weeks’ gestation: The Easter Ontario experience, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada, 35(4), 306-316.
Sprague, A., Dunn, S., Fell, D., Harrold, J., Walker, M., Kelly, S., Smith, G. (2013). Measuring quality in maternal-newborn care: Developing a clinical dashboard, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada, 35(1), 29-38.

Dunn, S., Cragg, E., Graham, I.D., Medves, J., Gaboury, I. (2013), Interprofessional shared decision making in NICU: A survey of the interprofessional health care team. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education, 3(1), 62-77.

Dunn, S., Bottomley, J., Ali, A., Walker, M. (2011), 2008 Niday Perinatal Database quality audit: report of a quality assurance project. Chronic Diseases and Injuries in Canada, 32(1), 32-42.

Légaré, F., Stacey, D., Gagnon, S., Dunn, S., Pluye, P., Frosch, D., Kryworuchko, J., Elwyn, G., Gagnon, M.P., & Graham, I. (2010), Validating a conceptual model for an interprofessional approach to shared decision making: A mixed methods study. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 1-11

Stacey, D., Murray, M.A., Légaré, F, Dunn, S., Menard, P. & O’Connor, A. (2008) Decision coaching to support shared decision making: A framework, evidence and implications for nursing practice, education and policy. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 5(1), 25-35.

Dunn, S., Davies, B., McCleary, L., Edwards, N., & Gaboury, I. (2006), The relationship between vulnerability and breastfeeding outcome. Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Neonatal Nursing, 35, 87-97.

Graham, I., Harrison, M., Brouwers, M., Davies, B. & Dunn, S. (2002), Facilitating the use of evidence in practice: Making clinical guidelines work in your organization. Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Neonatal Nursing, 31(5), 599-611
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