College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Donna Goodridge

Office: 4248 Health Sciences Building E-Wing, Saskatoon
Telephone: (306) 966-1478
Fax: (306) 966-6621
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  • Research Interests
    • Supportive care in chronic illness
    • COPD, care transitions
    • Palliative care
    • Respiratory health
  • Methodology
    • Interpretive description
    • Mixed methods
    • Quantitative methods using administrative datasets

Donna joined the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan in 2004. She had previously worked for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority as a manager and clinical nurse specialist in palliative care and gerontology and had a strong clinical interest in skin and wound care.

Her current research interests include supportive care for persons with advanced chronic illness and unmet nursing care needs in home care. She holds a five year CIHR/RPP New Investigator Award and leads the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation-funded Quality End of Life Group. She is a member of the University Teaching-Learning Committee and of University Council. Donna recently received funding to develop an interdisciplinary perspectives in aging course at the University of Saskatchewan and is working with faculty representing a variety of disciplines to make this course a reality. She chairs the Research Committee of the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals group of the Lung Association and serves on the Leadership Council of this Organization.


Goodridge, D., Lawson, J. Marciniuk, D. & Rennie, D. (2011). A Profile of Canadian adults living with participation and activity limitations. Canadian Medical Association Journal (early release publication August 8, 2011).

Marciniuk, D., Goodridge, D., Hernandez, P., Rocker, G., Balter, M., Bailey, P., Ford, G., Bourbeau, J., O'Donnell, D.E., Maltais, F., Mularski, R., Cave, A.J., Mayers, I., Kennedy, V., Olivier, T.K., Brown, C., Canadian Thoracic Society Dyspena Working Group. (2011). Managing dyspnea in patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A Canadian Thoracic Society clinical practice guideline. Can Respir J 2010; 18(2): 69-78

Goodridge, D., Buckley, A., Marko, J., Steeves, M., Turner, H., Whitehead, S. 2011. Home care clients in the last year of life: Is material deprivation associated with service characteristics? Journal of Aging and Health. April 5, 2011, doi: 10.1177/0898264311402687. (published ahead of print).

Duggleby, W., Penz,K., Leipert, B., Wilson, D., Goodridge, D., & Williams, A. (2011). I am part of the community...but: The changing rural context for persons with advanced cancer and their families. Rural and Remote Health 11 (online),1733. Available from

Goodridge D., Hutchinson S, Wilson D, Ross C. (2011). Living in a rural area with advanced chronic respiratory illness: a qualitative study. Primary Care Respiratory Journal; 20 (1): 54-59.

Wong C, Goodridge D, Marciniuk D, Rennie D. (2010). Fatigue in patients with COPD participating in a pulmonary rehabilitation program. International Journal of COPD; 5:319-326.

Goodridge, D., Lawson, J., Rennie, D., & Marciniuk, D. (2010). Rural/urban differences in health care utilization and place of death for persons with respiratory illness in the last year of life. Rural and Remote Health 10 (online): 1349. Available from:

Goodridge, D., Lawson, J., Rocker, G., Rennie, D., & Marciniuk, D. (2010). Factors associated with opioid dispensation for patients with COPD and lung cancer in the last year of life: A retrospective analysis. International Journal of COPD;5:99-105.

Duggleby, W., Penz, K., Goodridge, D., Wilson, D., Leipert, B., Berry, P., Keall, S., & Justice, C. (2010). The transition experience of rural older persons with advanced cancer and their families: A grounded theory study. BMC Palliative Care. doi:10.1186/1472-684X-9-5.

Goodridge D. (2010). End of life care policies: Do they make a difference in practice? Social Science and Medicine;70 (8):1116-1170.

McKee, N., Goodridge, D., Remillard, A.J., & D'Eon, M. (2010). Interprofessional palliative care problem-based learning: Evaluation of a pilot module as a teaching method. Journal of Interprofessional Care;24(20):194-197.

Goodridge, D., & Duggleby, W. (2010). Using a quality framework to assess rural palliative care. Journal of Palliative Care :26(3):199-205.

Goodridge, D., Marciniuk, D., Brooks, D., van Dam, A., Hutchinson, S., Bailey, P. et al. (2009). End-of-life care for persons with advanced COPD: report of a national interdisciplinary consensus meeting. Canadian Respiratory Journal; 16:51-53.

Rocker, G., Horton, R., Currow, D., Goodridge, D., Young, J., & Booth, S. (2009). Palliation of dyspnea in advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Revisiting a role for opioids. Thorax;64;910-915.

Wilson, D., Ross C., & Goodridge, D. (2008). The care needs of community-dwelling seniors suffering from advanced Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Canadian Journal of Aging: 27(4), 331-346.

Goodridge, D., Duggleby, W., Gjevre, J & Rennie, D. (2009). Exploring the quality of dying of patients with COPD in the ICU. Nursing in Critical Care. 14(2):342-349.

Goodridge, D., Duggleby, W., Gjevre, J., & Rennie, D. (2008). Caring for critically ill patients with COPD at the end of life: A qualitative study. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing: 24;162-170.

Goodridge, D., Lawson, J., Duggleby, W., Marciniuk, D., Rennie, D., & Stang, M. R. (2008). Health care utilization of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and lung cancer in the last twelve months of life. Respiratory Medicine; 6:885-891.

Goodridge, D. (2007). COPD as a life-limiting illness: Implications for advanced practice nurses. Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing ejournal, 6(4). (Medscape, 2007), doi:1186/547-07-3321.


Camp, P. (PI), Reid, D., Goodridge, D., Hoens, A., Marciniuk, D. (2010-2012). Safe and effective prescription of exercise in acute exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A consensus of experts. $99,370, CIHR.

Goodridge, D. (PI), Brooks, D., Nicol, J., Litzenberger, T. & Rennie, D. (2010-2012). Can a therapeutic singing intervention contribute to optimizing outcomes for pulmonary rehabilitation participants? $20,031.50, Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals.

Teare, G., Baker, R. (Co-PIs), Verrall, T., Sale, A., Goodridge, D., LeMoal, L., Griffiths, P. (Co-Is), et al. (2010-2013). Impact of Releasing Time to CareŠ: Relationship of Outcomes and Context in a Nurse-led Health Care Improvement Innovation. Partnerships for Health System Improvements, $399,447, CIHR, and $100,000, SHRF.

Goodridge, D. (PI), Whitehead, S., & Backman, A. (2010-2011). Community Based Patient Centered Care: Optimizing Equity, Access and Integration, $96,786, CIHR Catalyst Grant Competition.

Goodridge, D. (PI), Ash, K., dal Bello-Haas, V., Lenartowicz, M., MacLeod, P., Quinlan, E., Richardson, J., Surtees, D., Venne, R., Walker, D., & Whiting, S. (2010-2011). Interprofessional Perspectives in Aging, $9,998, Interprofessional Health Collaborative of Saskatchewan.

Goodridge, D. (PI), & Buckley, A. (2010).The Home Care-Emergency Department Interface – Transformations in Care Delivery, $13,520, CIHR Meetings Planning and Dissemination Grant, and $1,500, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Research Connections Grant.

Rocker, G., Goodridge, D. (CI), Guyatt, G., Hernandez, P., Horton, R., Marciniuk, D., & Simpson, C. (2009-2011). Palliation of Dyspnea in Advanced COPD: Understanding Patient and Caregiver Experiences of Opioid Therapy, $122,440, CIHR.

Goodridge, D., Ogle, K., & Teare, G. (2009-2010). Achieving EXcellence in Care at the End-of-Life (EXCEL): Development and evaluation of quality measures, $20,000, RUH Foundation.


Goodridge, D. (2009). Achieving Excellence in Care at the End-of-life (EXCEL) Research Acceleration Grant. Funded by the Office of the Vice-President Research, University of Saskatchewan for $8,105.

Duggleby, W., Goodridge, D. (co-PI). (2009-2014). Quality end of life care research centre, $109.541, Canada Foundation for Innovation, and matched by in-kind contribution for $651,300.

Duggleby, W. (PI) and Goodridge, D.(Co-PI), (CIs) Ali, K., Baydala, A. Gjevre, J., Hampton, M., Leis, A., Quinlan, A., Thomas-MacLean, R., Saul, G. Quality End of Life Care Research Group: Research Group Development Grant (2009-2011). $100,000 Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation

Goodridge, D. (PI), Marciniuk, D., Rennie, D., & Bailey, P. (2008-2010). Care transition outcomes for people with advanced COPD: Health status, resource utilization and caregiver burden, $20,255, Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals (Canadian Lung Association).

Goodridge, D. (2008). New Investigator Award, Research Allowance, $38,064, CIHR/RPP.

Goodridge, D. (2008-2013). New Investigator Award, Salary Award, $60,000 annually, CIHR/RPP

Goodridge, D., Marciniuk, D., & Brooks, D. (2008-2009). Consensus Development Meeting: Quality Indicators for End of Life Care in COPD, $20,000, CIHR-IHSPR Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant Competition.

Goodridge, D., Wilson, D., & Ross, C. (2008-2009). Living with severe COPD in a rural area: health status and service needs, $15,000, CIHR Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement.

Goodridge, D., Hamel, C., & Yamada, P. (2007-2008). Institutional Advance Care Planning: Practice and Policies in Three Western Canadian Long-Term Care Facilities, $13,020, 2007 Riverview Health Centre Research Competition.

Duggleby, W., Berry, P. Goodridge, D., Leipert, B., Justice, C., Wilson, D. (2007-2008). Project 10 System Navigation Tool, $25,000, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Grant.

Anonson, J., Goodridge, D. & Walls-Ingram, S. (2007). Health Canada Pilot Project Grant, $20,000, Heartland Health Region: Supporting the Unique Health Care Needs of the Hutterite Population.