Recent Research


On February 12, Dr. Strang will be announcing a study looking at the safety and effectiveness of UV light for infection control. The study is to see if Far-UVC light can kill airborne viral transmissions, including the SARS CoV-2 virus, in long-term care facilities. Northwood is excited to announce that our Halifax Campus will be participating in this research study along with Windsor Elms Village in Falmouth.

Certain neighbourhoods at the Halifax Campus will be randomly assigned to have either far-UVC lights installed in common areas (treated) or matching placebo lights without UVC capabilities (control). Both groups will continue to receive standard disinfecting procedures The UVC and fluorescent lights will be placed in high traffic areas (e.g. dining rooms, main corridors).

An important first part of the study will include engaging residents and staff of the participating neighborhoods to ensure key perspectives, fears and considerations of residents, families/caregivers, and staff are included in the implementation of the UVC study. Interviews will be conducted via a virtual (video) platform and/or telephone at the preference of the participant and their families/caregivers.

The study will also include an advisory council with diverse expertise to ensure scientific rigour, quality, safety, ethical standards and experience of residents and staff.

Please find attached a UV Project Q+A for more information.


Development & Validation of the LEAD program and Its Effect of Leadership on Employee Well-Being Nov, 2020

Addressing Knowledge Gaps in Meeting the Housing Needs of Older LGBT Canadians: From Research to Policy and Practice, Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan Nov, 2020

Improving Design of a Wheelchair Repositioning Device Oct, 2020

Developing an Assessment Tool for Younger Residents of Long Term Care Facilities March 2020

Employment-Related Geographic Mobility of Nova Scotia Healthcare Workers Dec, 2019

Evaluating a New Approach to Provide Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) Context Data May, 2019

From Surviving to Thriving: Younger Adults in Long Term Care June, 2018

Let Them Hear Our Voices: A Qualitave Case Study on Workplace Singing June, 2018

Let’s Talk Intimacy: An Analysis of Later-Life Intimacy & Sexuality in a Long-Term Care Setting

Assessing the Microbiome

From Primary Care to Home Care: Engaging patients to bridge the gap

Developing a National Framework for Essential Skills: Seeking Harmony while Respecting Diversity March, 2012

Care and Construction: Assessing Differences in Nursing Home Models of Care on Resident Quality of Life Feb, 2012

Caregiver Strain Study Jan 2012

Improved Outcomes with a New Model of Dedicated Primary Care Physicians and Team Approach for Long Term Care Facilities? A Mixed Method Approach. July 2011

Does Timing of Caregiver Assessment make a Difference: Evaluating the Impact with Older Spousal Caregiver of Persons with Cognitive Impairment March 2011

Competency-Based Health Human Resources Planning for Aging Canadians Feb. 2011

Data Mining to Understand Care Needs & Treatment Expectations of People with Moderate to Severe Alzheimer’s Disease who Reside in Intermediate Care/Assisted Living Facilities – Phase I & Phase II