Peter Loewen

Associate Professor

Research Classification

Arrhythmia
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Failure
Stroke
Thrombosis and Embolism
Health Care Technologies
Professional Practices
Pharmacoepidemiology
Hematology
Decision Making

Research Interests

atrial fibrillation
stroke prevention therapy
pharmacy practice
knowledge translation of evidence to patient care
patient education
Shared decision-making
clinical prediction rules
prediction of stroke and bleeding in atrial fibrillation patients
patient decision aids
adherence to medication
patient complexiometry
healthcare communication technologies
use of mobile technology for clinical decision-making
hospital pharmacy practice
quality of care, quality drug therapy

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Research Methodology

pharmacoepidemiology
Qualitative Research
Randomized Controlled Trials
Meta-analysis
prospective observational studies
retrospective observational studies
patient preferences & decision-making

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I support public scholarship, e.g. through the Public Scholars Initiative, and am available to supervise students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with external partners as part of their research.
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Great Supervisor Week Mentions

Each year graduate students are encouraged to give kudos to their supervisors through social media and our website as part of #GreatSupervisorWeek. Below are students who mentioned this supervisor since the initiative was started in 2017.

 

Huge thanks, from the bottom of my heart to my #GreatSupervisor, Dr. Peter Loewen, for supporting me and believing in me (sometimes more than I believe in myself), in the past 3 years. I am a better person because of you.

Shahrzad Salmasi (2019)

 

Graduate Student Supervision

Master's Student Supervision (2010 - 2018)
Assessment of atrial fibrillation patients' education needs. (2018)

Introduction: Education facilitates construction of a correct illness representation, corrects beliefs about medications and improves patients’ illness-treatment coherence. There is no consensus on the best education strategy for atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. Identifying patients’ education needs is the first step towards development of an effective education program.Purpose: The overall aim of this thesis was to provide insights into AF patients’ education needs from patient and clinician viewpoints, and to inform the design of AF patient education programs and initiatives.Methods: The current evidence on AF patients’ knowledge gaps was summarized through a literature review. This was followed by a qualitative descriptive study utilizing semi-structured interviews with patients and clinicians who were recruited through purposive sampling. All interviews were conducted by a Master of science student. The interviews were conducted in English, in a private room or over the phone, without the presence of any non-participants. Each interview lasted approximately 30 minutes and was audio-recorded. Verbatim transcripts were generated within three days of the interview. The reporting of this qualitative study conforms to the Standards for Reporting Qualitative Research (SQRQ) and the Consolidated Criteria for Reporting Qualitative Research (COREQ).Analysis: The analysis of the data was iterative, occurring as interviews proceeded. The interview guides were revised frequently based on the emerging data. The data collected were analyzed through inductive qualitative thematic analysis. Data from patients and clinicians were analyzed independently.Results: Eleven clinicians and ten patients were interviewed. Clinician and patient interviews led to emergence of three and four themes, respectively. This research went beyond identification of knowledge gaps by offering a rich description on patients’ misconceptions, information seeking behavior, education style preferences, attitudes towards online education, expectations of an education program, emotional education needs, preferences for risk communication, and clinicians’ views on the topic. A key finding of my study was the identification of patients’ emotional education needs: the need for education that addresses patients’ concerns and relieves their anxiety. Summarizing my study findings, I offered a set of recommendations that can be used by those involved in educating AF patients.

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