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College of Nursing

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Joyce Davison
Ph.D., R.N.
Associate Professor

Office: 4222 Health Sciences Building E-Wing, Saskatoon
Telephone: (306) 966-8379
Fax: (306) 966-6621
E-mail: joyce.davison@usask.ca

Biography

  • Research Interests
    • Prostate cancer
    • Treatment decision-making
    • Survivorship
    • Quality of life
    • Patient-physician communication
  • Methodology
    • Quantitative
    • Mixed methods

Joyce joined the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan in July, 2010. She had previously worked at the Vancouver Prostate Centre as a Nurse Research Scientist for the past 10 years. Her research program is in the area of human response to cancer, specifically in the area of prostate cancer. The focus of her research is to develop and measure the impact of innovative information interventions on patient's participation in treatment decision making at various time points in their illness trajectory. The goal of this research program is also to address survivorship issues and to develop clinical interventions that will have a positive impact on patients' quality of life following treatment.

Recent studies include: assessing the readiness of men and their partners to engage in sexual rehabilitation following radical prostatectomy; providing a dietary intervention to men on hormone therapy to prevent osteoporosis; examining the relationship that exists between decision control and health information seeking behavior (HISB) in a group of men newly diagnosed with localized prostate cancer, the motivations for why these men have a preference for a particular treatment, and the influence of HISB on information resources patients wish to access; assessment of the psychosocial educational needs of men on active surveillance; and studying the impact of coping on treatment decision making. She is currently evaluating an internet based decision support intervention with men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer to assist them to identify their values and preferences. This information is provided to patients in a summary sheet that they can share with their physicians at the time of the treatment consultation. The majority of these studies use quantitative research designs.

Many of these studies could be replicated with other cancer patient populations for a graduate thesis.

Joyce has previously been involved in graduate thesis supervision of students in nursing, nutrition, psychology, and biomedical sciences.

Publications

Refereed Journals

Mroz, L.W., Oliffe, J.L., & Davison, B.J. Masculinities and patient perspectives of communication about active surveillance for prostate cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. 2012.

Davison, B.J., Matthew, A., Elliott, S., Breckon, E., & Griffin, S. Assessing couples' preferences for postoperative sexual rehabilitation before radical prostatectomy. British Journal of Urology International. (In Press 2012).
Comment: Mar 22 [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2012.11083.x

Berry, D.L., Halpenny, B., Hong, F., Wolpin, S., Lober, W.B., Russell, K.J., Ellis,W.J., Govindarajulu, U., Bosco, J., Davison, B.J., Bennet, G., Terris, M., Barsevick, A., Lin, D., Yang, C., & Swanson, G. The Personal patient profile-prostate for men with newly diagnosed with localized prostate cancer: A multi-centre randomized trial. Urologic Oncology. 2011.
Comment: Dec 7. [Epub ahead of print]

Davison, B.J., Wiens, K., & Cushing, M. Promoting calcium and vitamin D intake to reduce the risk of osteoporosis in men on androgen deprivation therapy for recurrent prostate cancer. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer. 2012; 20(10):2287-2294.

Davison, B.J., & Breckon, E. Impact of health information seeking behavior and personal factors on preferred role in treatment decision making in men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. Cancer Nursing. 2012; 35(6):411-418.

Davison, B.J., & Breckon, E. Factors influencing treatment decision making and information preferences of prostate cancer patients on active surveillance. Journal of Patient Education and Counseling. 2012; 87: 369-374.

Yule, M.A., Davison, B.J., & Brotto, L.A. The International Index of Erectile Function: A methodological critique and suggestions for improvement. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. 2011; 37(4):255-269.

Davison, B.J., & Goldenberg, S.L. Patient acceptance of active surveillance as a treatment option for low-risk prostate cancer. British Journal of Urology International. 2011; 108(11):1787-1793.

Henrikson, E., Davison, B.J., Berry, D. An Evaluation of the control preference scale in a multidisciplinary prostate cancer care setting. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. 2011; 29(6):606-618.

Berry, D.L., Hallpenny, B., Wolpin, S., Davison, B.J., Ellis, W.J., Lober, W.B., McReynolds, B.S., & Wulff, J. Development and preliminary evaluation of the Personal Profile-Prostate (P3P): A web-based decision support system for men newly diagnosed with localized prostate cancer. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2010; 12(4):e67.

Elliott, S., Latini, D.M., Walker, L.M., Wassersug, R., Robinson, J.W. & the ADT Survivorship Working Group (Aubi, S., Beck, A., Clark, J., Davison, B.J., Donovan, K., Fergus, K., Katz, A., Matthew, A., Matousek, R., McLeod, D., Newth, G., Oliffe, J., Rosen, N., & Thomas, B.). Androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer: Recommendations to improve patient and partner quality of life. Journal of Sexual Medicine 2010: 7: pp 2996-3010. Collaborator on paper.

Oliffe, J.L., Davison, B.J., Pickles, T., Mroz, L. The self-management of uncertainty among men undertaking active surveillance for low risk prostate cancer. Qualitative Health Research. 2009; 19(4):432-443.

Davison, B.J., Oliffe, J.L., Pickles, T., Mroz, L. Factors influencing men undertaking active surveillance for the management of low-risk prostate cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2009; 36(1):89-96.

White, M., Verhoef, M., Davison, B.J., Gunn, H., Cooke, K. Seeking mind, body and spirit health – Why some men with prostate cancer choose CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) over conventional cancer treatments. Integrative Medicine Insights. 2008; 3:1-11

Davison, B.J., So, A.I., Goldenberg, S.L. Quality of life, sexual function and decision regret one year following surgical treatment of localized prostate cancer. British Journal of Urology International. 2007; 100:780-785.

Davison, B.J., So, A.I., Goldenberg, S.L., Berkowitz, J., Gleave, M.E. Measurement of factors influencing participation of prostate cancer patients in clinical trials: A Canadian perspective. British Journal of Urology International. 2007; 101:982-987.

Davison, B.J., Goldenberg, S.L., Wiens, K., Gleave, M.E. Comparing a generic and individualized information decision support intervention for men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. Cancer Nursing. 2007; 30:1-9.

Balneaves, L.G., Truant, T.L.O, Kelly, M., Verhoef, M.J., Davison, B.J. Bridging the gap: Decision-making processes of women with breast cancer using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Supportive Care in Cancer. 2007; 15:973-983.

Editorials

Davison BJ. Informing men about their health. Vancouver Sun. November, 2009

NON-REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Davison BJ. Making treatment decisions: An innovative program helps men communicate their preferences and values to their doctors to assist in the process. Our Voice. 2012;17(July-August).

Davison BJ. (January, 2010). Information for men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. Standard information package for all newly diagnosed patients at The Vancouver Prostate Centre. Second Edition.

Davison BJ. Informed decision making: What you need to know to make the best treatment choice. Our Voice Special Issue Winter 2009;14:7.

Davison BJ. The aftermath of treatment: New focus on sexual rehabilitation means recovery is within reach. Our Voice Special Issue Winter 2009;14:17.

Davison BJ: (Fall, 2002). The best possible treatment decisions. Our Voice - Living with Prostate Cancer in Canada.

Davison BJ. (December, 2008). Information for men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. Standard information package for all newly diagnosed patients at The Vancouver Prostate Centre. First Edition.

Davison BJ. (December, 2008). Information for men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. Standard information package for all newly diagnosed patients at The Vancouver Prostate Centre. Second Edition.

Reports

Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. Prostate cancer: diagnosis and treatment. Regina, SK: Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Health; 2012.
Comment: Provided first draft and members of the Provincial Prostate Care Map Group provided comments to the document. Co-publishers: Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, Saskatoon Health Region, Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative

Bilsker D, Goldenberg SL, Davison BJ. Men's health 2010: New directions in research, policy, and practice. Vancouver, BC: Men's Health Initiative of British Columbia; 2010.
Comment: Guiding Document, MHIBC, http://www.aboutmen.ca/

Davison BJ. Information for men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. 2nd Edition. Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Prostate Centre; 2010.
Comment: Standard Information Package for All Newly Diagnosed Patients at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Davison BJ. Information for men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. 1st Edition. Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Prostate Centre; 2008.
Comment: Standard Information Package for All Newly Diagnosed Patients at the Vancouver Prostate Centre.

Grants

Matthew, A. (PI) with CIs (Alibhai, S., Davison, B.J., Finelli, A., Fleshner, N., Trachtenberg, J., McGill, P., Morales, C., & Panzarella, T.). A bio-psychosocial sexual health intervention for prostate cancer survivors and partners: a feasibility study. Canadian Cancer Society Research Initiative, 11/1/2012, $137,235.58 (C)

Teare, G. & Groot, G. (Co-PIs), with CIs (Leis, A., Lim J.H., Smith, C., Tonita, J., Alvi, R., Goodridge, D., Davison, B. J., & McMullen, L.). Surgical oncology continuous quality improvement research group. SHRF Phase One Health Research Group Grant. $30,000 (March 2013- March 2015). (C)

BC Medical Association: SSC Grant. Goldenberg, L.S.(PI) Bebb, R. (Co-PI), with CIs (Black, P., Kwan, W., McKenzie, M., Elliott, S., Wassersug, R., Davison, B.J., Brotto, L., Campbell, K., Isserow, S., Mroz, L., Van Patten, C., Tyldesley, S., So, A., Nigro, M., & Griffin, S.) From surviving to thriving: A comprehensive survivorship program for prostate cancer patients, their partners, and family. $500,000 (December 2012-December 2013). (C)

Davison, B. J. (PI), with CIs (Gutwin, C., Szafron, M., & Visvanathan, K.) Profiling prostate cancer patients' preferences to facilitate treatment decision making. SHRF Establishment Grant. $120,000 (October 2012- October 2015). (C)

Davison, B. J. Evaluating a self-management program for prostate cancer survivors following surgery. Proposal Development Assistance, Office of the Vice President of Research, University of Saskatchewan $1,000 (April 2012- January 2013). (C)

Davison, B. J.(PI), with CIs (Gutwin, C., Szafron, M., Visvanathan, K., Holtslander, L., & Racine, L.). Profiling patients' preferences to facilitate treatment decision making. $42,896, Canada's Motorcycle Ride for DAD. (October 2011- February 2013). (C)

Davison, B.J. (PI) with CIs (K. Wiens, D. Budz, D. Bulych, & K. Gesy). Promoting optimum vitamin D and calcium dietary intake of patients initiating androgen deprivation therapy. College of Nursing Grant in Support of Nutrition and Dietetic Research $9,200 January, 2011-April, 2013. ( C)

Davison, B.J. (PI). Treatment decision-making of men with localized prostate cancer: The influence of health information seeking behavior, decision control and personal factors: phase one. University of Saskatchewan $5,000. January, 2011-January 2012. (C)

Davison, B.J. (PI) with CIs (Goldenberg, L.S., Black, P., & So, A.). Motor Cycle Ride for Dad, BC Chapter $25,000. Active surveillance survey. (May 2010- May 2011. (C)

Davison, B.J. (PI) with CIs (Gleave, M., Goldenberg, S. L., So, A., & Black, P.). Development of a patient education booklet for newly diagnosed patients and their families entitled 'Information for Men Newly Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer:' Educational grants from Sanofi Aventis ($3,600) and Astra Zeneca ($3,600). (Total-$7,200), October 2008. (NC)

Davison, B.J. & Cushing, M. (PIs) with CIs (Gleave, M., Goldenberg, S.L., & So, A.). Promoting optimum vitamin D and calcium dietary intake of patients on androgen deprivation therapy for reccurent prostate cancer following radical prostatectomy. BC Foundation for Prostate Disease ($75,000), Sept 2007-2010. (C)

Berry, D. (PI)with CIs (Lober, W., Barsevick, A., Bennett, G., Davison, B.J., Swanson, G., Yang, C., Ellis, W., Russell, K., & Gotay, C.). Personal patient profile-prostate (P4) randomized, multi-site trial (R01 NR009692-01A1). National Institute of Health ($1,853,641), 2006-2009. (C)

Gleave, M.E. (PI) with CIs (Nelson, C.,Jones, T.,Fazli, L., Guns, E., & Chi, K.). Michael Smith Foundation of Health Research ($250,000/yr for 4 years) PC-TRIADD: The Prostate Centre's translational research initiative for accelerated discovery and development.
2004-2008 (C)

Member of Research Networks (National and International) Peer Reviewed
Member, Canadian Survivorship Action Partnership (ASAP) Network. Selected through peer reviewed Expression of Interest competition which included submission of a research proposal. Network will allocate $11 million over 3 years (2013-2016) to prostate cancer research projects designed by group members to develop a national survivorship program for prostate cancer patients (C)
Member, Australian Survivorship Action Partnership (ASAP) Network. Selected through peer reviewed Expression of Interest competition which included submission of a research proposal. Network will allocate $6.25 million over 3 years (2012-2015) to prostate cancer research projects designed by group members (C)