Suzanne Campbell

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Research Interests

lactation support
interprofessional health professional education
health communication
Interpersonal Communication
leadership in nursing
Community Health / Public Health
Health Promotion
Educational Technologies
Health Care Technologies
simulation nursing education
social determinants of health
Adult Education and Continuing Education
global maternal-infant-child health

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My research program examines the use of innovative teaching pedagogy, simulation, to teach clinical and non-technical skills such as women's health, lactation, and health communication. My most recent work involves testing of a global interprofessional therapeutic communication scale to assess therapeutic relationships between providers and patients. Through texts, workshops, and conference proceedings I have used technology to empower faculty, students, and health care providers to incorporate creative, practical, and research-based knowledge into pleasurable learning experiences. My clinical focus is reproductive social justice through the promotion and support of lactation and transition to new parenthood specifically for underserved populations. I consult internationally on lactation, simulation, nursing and interprofessional education.

Research Methodology

Instrument Development
quantitative quasi-experimental
knowledge translation

Great Supervisor Week Mentions

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Dr. Campbell is always supportive and passionate about nursing issues. She takes time to meet and talk with me whenever I ask, while balancing her other academic endeavours. She encourages me to think critically and pushes my thoughts to see issues with different angles and perspectives that I had not have thought of before entering my graduate studies. She is very enthusiastic about the scholarly works of others and provides me with so much encouragement and positivity. She is an amazing supervisor and I could not be any happier! #GreatSupervisor.

Anonymous (2017)


Graduate Student Supervision

Doctoral Student Supervision

Dissertations completed in 2010 or later are listed below. Please note that there is a 6-12 month delay to add the latest dissertations.

What patient, clinician, policy and socio-cultural factors are associated with the rise in off-label prescribing of domperidone in British Columbia when used to treat low milk supply? (2021)

This research used a case study approach to study the off-label use of domperidone when it is used to treat low breastmilk supply (LMS) in British Columbia (BC). Off-label prescribing occurs when an approved drug is prescribed for a use for which it has not been approved. Off-label prescribing is prevalent in Canada and many drugs prescribed off-label lack strong evidence of effectiveness. My research objective was to identify the clinician, patient, socio-cultural and policy factors that are contributing to domperidone’s increasing use among breastfeeding mothers in BC. Results from my research were intended to increase the overall understanding of contributors to off-label prescribing in general in order to improve its transparency, safety and effectiveness. My four methodologies included online surveys with BC midwives and family physicians, interviews with breastfeeding mothers who had used domperidone to increase their breastmilk supply and an analysis of Health Canada’s policy response to off-label prescribing. The conceptual framework for the research was a socio-ecological model incorporating patient, clinician, community/institutional, socio-cultural and policy levels of analysis. I concluded that multiple factors at all of these levels have contributed to the rise in the off-label prescribing of domperidone to treat LMS in BC. Main drivers included clinician prescribing practices, knowledge and views of domperidone, patient needs and beliefs and the medicalization of breastfeeding. Policy-related factors appeared to have significant influence on off-label prescribing. Health Canada does not explicitly consider potential off-label uses in drug approval documents such as product monographs nor does it systematically collect and analyse adverse drug reactions from off-label uses to identify safety concerns. Off-label uses with safety concerns are not included in post-market surveillance activities such as Health Canada safety warnings for healthcare providers and the public. I concluded that when a drug is considered for an off-label use it should be subjected to additional scrutiny by prescribers to determine its real need and risk/benefit balance. Health Canada should systematically include off-label uses in all ADR reporting and analysis so that safety issues can be identified and responded to through post-market surveillance activities.  

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Master's Student Supervision

Theses completed in 2010 or later are listed below. Please note that there is a 6-12 month delay to add the latest theses.

Do patients with endometriosis receive respectful care? : experience of care among patients with endometriosis in British Columbia (2023)

No abstract available.

Nurse-led mobilization on acute-care medical units during the coronavirus pandemic (2022)

No abstract available.

Undergraduate nursing students' experience in the clinical learning environment since COVID-19 in British Columbia (2022)

No abstract available.

Decision making surrounding human milk donation: attitudes, subjective norms and barriers (2018)

No abstract available.

The Lived Experience of South Asian Women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (2015)

Factors that influence differentially managed gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and variances in adherence to GDM guidelines among the South Asian women were investigated using a qualitative design. There is a lack of descriptive literature related to this topic and subsequently the need for a better understanding to provide optimal care for this population of women. A phenomenological approach provided the research approach to generate descriptive knowledge of women’s lived experience of managing and adhering to GDM guidelines. Thus, the purpose of this research was to understand the lived experiences of South Asian women managing GDM. The research question guiding the study was: What is the lived experience of managing GDM for women of South Asian descent? The results from this research study will assist health care providers to understand the experiences of South Asian women and how their experience affects their ability to effectively manage GDM. Findings from this study will aid in developing and implementing strategies that can raise awareness and contribute to successful management of GDM among this population. The overall aim is to contribute such knowledge to assist with the development of population-specific intervention strategies to enable these women to successfully manage GDM.

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