Sleep disturbance in children and their families across the continuum of care

Last modified by Ann Watkins on 2016/03/10 21:52


Sleep of adequate quality and quantity is necessary for the optimal growth, development, and health of children experiencing acute and chronic illness. Parents of children with medical complexity (critically ill and/or technology dependent) are at risk of the negative effects of sleep deprivation as a consequence of their exceptional caregiving demands. This symposium will describe the findings of studies that have examined sleep in children and family caregivers across the continuum of paediatric health care. Results of studies using objective measurement of sleep will be described; highlighting implications for child health practice, policy and research.



Efrosiniprof.pngEfrosini Papaconstantinou, RN, PhD

Efrosini Papaconstantinou is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).  Her clinical background is in pediatric nursing, where she worked closely with families and members of the interdisciplinary care team to provide comprehensive care to families whose child required invasive cardiac procedures. For her doctoral dissertation, Papaconstantinou developed and evaluated an innovative program (The RELAX TO SLEEP program) to improve the sleep of hospitalized children during their hospital stays and once they had been discharged home. Papaconstantinou has been the recipient of the highly competitive SickKids Foundation Research Fellowship Award in Complementary and Alternative Health Care and Paediatrics and her study received a research grant from the CIHR Team Research and Training Program: Sleep and Biological Rhythms.

StremlerheadshotMarch2013.jpgRobyn Stremler, RN, PhD

Robyn Stremler, RN, PhD is a Nurse Scientist whose research is aimed at improving sleep for children and parents.  Specific areas of research focus include sleep for families with a child with health challenges in hospital or community settings, sleep across pregnancy and the postpartum, and e-health and m-health interventions to improve sleep for infants, children and adolescents. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and an Adjunct Scientist at the The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

Kristakeilty.pngKrista Keilty, NP-Paeds, PhD

Krista is a Nurse Practitioner and Project Investigator with the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Child & Family-Centred Care at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Krista’s clinical practice has informed her program of research that targets improvements in the experience and outcomes for family caregivers of children with medical complexity across the continuum of care. Krista currently holds the Janis Rotman Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Innovation in Paediatric Homecare through the Department of Pediatrics, SickKids and a CIHR Sleep & Biological Rhythms Post-Doctoral Training Fellowship, through the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Krista is also an active trainee with the CIHR Better Nights and Better Days training program as well as the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program.

Created by Ann Watkins on 2015/10/13 16:52