Janet Jeffrey, RN, PhD
Office: HNES Room 311
Telephone: 416-736-2100 (ext. 66696)
Research and Scholarly Interests
Janet’s practice and life experience were the basis for her program of research that focuses on the quality of life of adults living with chronic illness and their families, including chronic pain. This work began with clinical practice in medicine/surgery and critical care and was confirmed with experience in her graduate studies. Soon after beginning an academic career in 1981, Janet pursued doctoral studies in Nursing at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio). Since 1989, she has worked with practitioners to use research in practice; her passion for helping students to understand research can be experienced in the research course she teaches in the undergraduate program. Prior to coming to York, Janet also worked with graduate students, practitioners, and colleagues on projects within her program of research, primarily with adults with rheumatic/cardiovascular disease, and older persons and their families. In one such study the effectiveness of a nursing telephone intervention for adults following acute myocardial infarction and their spouses was evaluted. Janet has received recognition for her research from the Heart and Stroke Association of Ontario, Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau, and Arthritis Health Professions Association (Ontario). She has been involved with professional organizations both as member and leader (e.g., Arthritis Health Professions Association, The Arthritis Society). After a hiatus from active research given administrative responsibilities, Janet has joined Dr. Diane Duff and her team to develop the Telehomecare Research Unit and support for a program of research evaluating an expanding telehomecare project that is being conducted with several clinical partners. With another group, evaluation of the MScN program was completed with the first cohort of students and other stakeholders. She is currently involved in supporting and promoting research endeavors at Southlake Regional Health Centre.
1989 – PhD, Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
1980 – MSc(A), Nursing, McGill University
1974 – BNSc, Queen’s University
Lindsay, G., Jeffrey, J. & Singh, M. (2009) Paradox of a graduate human science curriculum experienced online: A faculty perspective.
Singh, M., Jeffrey, M., & Lindsay, G. (2008). Isolated learning for caring professionals: Advantages and challenges. The International Journal of Learning, 15(6), 179-186.
Jeffrey, J. (2008). The results of searching databases for quality of life research in chronic illness: Quality of life as outcome or as a term used in another context (abstract). Quality of Life Research, 17(Supp), A-100.
Jeffrey, J., Duff, D.L., Atack, L., & Singh, M. (2006). Telehomecare maintains quality of life for community-dwelling adults with chronic illness: Preliminary Research (abstract). Quality of Life Research, 15(Supp), A-44.
Jeffrey, J. (2005). The relationship between quality of life and chronic pain – What we have learned in the past 15 years (abstract). Quality of Life Research, 14(9), 2065.
Jeffrey, J. & Lubkin, I. (2005) Chronic pain, In P. Larsen & I. Lubkin (Eds.), Chronic illness: Impact and interventions (6th ed). Boston: Jones and Bartlett.
Jeffrey, J. & Lubkin, I. (2002). Chronic pain, In P. Larsen & I. Lubkin (Eds.), Chronic illness: Impact and interventions (5th ed.) (pp. 77-117). Boston: Jones & Bartlett.
L’Herhault, J., Petroff, L., & Jeffrey, J. (2001).The effectiveness of a thermal mattress in stabilizing and maintaining body temperature during the transport of very low-birth weight newborns. Applied Nursing Research, 14(4), 210-219.
Jeffrey, J. (2001). Comparison of unweighted satisfaction scores and scores weighted by relative importance in measuring quality of life for adults with chronic health problems [abstract]. Quality of Life Research, 10(3), 223.
Jeffrey, J., Bellman, N., Bain, L., Chambers, M., Clifford, P., Fraser, I., & Thorne, C. (2000). Improving quality of life: Evolution of the fibromyalgia program -- 1-day blitz and weekly formats [abstract]. Quality of Life Research, 9(3), 341.
Painter, J., Jeffrey, J., Bain, L., Bellman, N., Chambers, M., Clifford, P., Fraser, I., Schlotter, D., Thorne, C., & Aubrey, M. (2000). The Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) and the ability of adults with inflammatory arthritis to work or be productive in the home: Use of traditional and newer methods of calculation of HAQ scores [abstract]. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 43(9 Supplement).
Jeffrey, J., Macdonald, K., Ng, P., Almost, J., & Harrington, J. The effect of a post-discharge telephone nursing intervention for acute myocardial infarction patients and their partners on anxiety, uncertainty, self-efficacy and quality of life [abstract]. Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 10(3), 22, 1999.
Selected Recent Grants
2005 Telehomecare Research Unit. Investigators: Duff, D. (P.l.), Atack, L., Singh, M., Jeffrey, J., and Regan, M. (Ontario Innovation Trust, $194,352; Canadian Fund for Innovation, $194,352).
2005 Improving care at home for joint replacement patients with co-morbidities using telehomecare. Investigators: Duff, D. (P.l.), & Neill, M., Atack, L., Singh, M., Jeffrey, J., & Ryan, E. (Strategy Innovation Fund, Ontario Wait Times, $239,999).
1999 Secondary data analysis: Cognitive factors as mediators. Investigator: Jeffrey, J. (P.I.) (York University, Atkinson Minor Research Grant, $1000).
1988 Effectiveness of a post-discharge telephone intervention for acute myocardial infarction: Patients and their families. Investigators: J. Jeffrey (P.I.), Macdonald, K., & Ng, P. (Heart and Stroke Foundation, $132,000).