Janet Squires is a Professor in the University of Ottawa’s School of Nursing where she holds a Research Chair in Health Evidence Implementation. She is also a Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.
Dr. Squires is an internationally renowned researcher who has advanced the field of implementation science. The overall goal of her program of reserarch is to increase healthcare professionals’ use of research evidence in clinical practice in order to improve healthcare quality, patient outcomes and the sustainability of healthcare systems. This involves both implementation of poorly adopted research findings as well as de-implementation of low-value (outdated, potentially harmful) research findings. A novel aspect of her research is her work on the influence of context on research use by healthcare professionals. Dr. Squires leads national and international initiatives examining the role of context in implementation, characterizing evidence-practice gaps, and developing interventions to change healthcare professionals’ behaviors. In recognition that a substantial proportion of health care delivered globally is inappropriate and leads to negative patient experiences, poor health outcomes, and inefficient use of limited healthcare resources, she is conducting the first-ever evidence-based compendium of inappropriate (underused and overused) health care in Canada. Dr. Squires collaborates with researchers, clinicians and policy makers internationally to create resources for integrating research evidence into clinical practice and policy.
Dr. Squires received her BN and MN from Memorial University, PhD from the University of Alberta, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute/University of Ottawa.