Bertoni, Katherine

Assistant Teaching Professor


Phone number: (853) 3946
Department: Nursing

Research description:

-No show rates in an outpatient clinic
-Medication Reconciliation
-Best Practice Guidelines for the Triage of New Patients with Diabetes
-Role of the nurse practitioner in System Navigation
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It can take up to a year for a diabetic clinic to accept a patient, but right now Canada does not have specific guidelines to help nurse practitioners and other primary health care providers decide which cases are the most urgent and which patients need admittance first. Instead, diabetes education clinics (DECs) each use their own criteria.

Nursing professor Katherine Bertoni is working to make the criteria more standardized. She wants to see a nationwide set of guidelines that makes patients' entry into DECs the most efficient. "There's a critical need as diabetes becomes more prevalent and our population is becoming more senior," she says. "We need to get people into DECs in a more timely fashion."

Prof. Bertoni has also researched medication reconciliation, which ensures that patients remain on the correct medication as they move through the health care system and that nurses can properly communicate changes to treatments.

When individuals are admitted to an emergency room, their nurses should get a list of medications they're taking at home--whether they're prescription meds, over-the-counter drugs or herbal medications. In the same way, when patients go home nurses need to make sure that the family doctor gets a new record of the drugs they're patients are now on. "Pharmacists do medication checks," Prof. Bertoni says, "but it’s important for nurses to do the same thing."

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