National Nursing Week 2021

May 10, 2021

Nursing Week gives us an opportunity to celebrate and recognize all the extraordinary work nurses do. As we enter the second year of a pandemic, the whole population has seen directly the heroic way nurses have stepped forward to support and lead public health, guide policies, communicate and provide invaluable physical and supportive care to patients, families and the public. COVID-19 has highlighted nurses’ courage and competencies in managing complex and critical situations.

We recognize the importance of every shift as nurses step forward to support and care for their patients and families. Nurses have been exemplary in their approach to working with highly challenging scenarios, where COVID cases surge again and ICU beds are full. Together with other members of the health care team, nurses react quickly, often putting first their patients and families to support health care needs. We celebrate the role of the nurse this week! Thank you so much for all that you do!

Find out more about this year’s National Nursing Week theme #WeAnswerTheCall on the CNA-AIIC website

Oncology Nursing Day 2021 Message

April 6, 2021

Oncology nurses play a pivotal role in the care of individuals and their families living with cancer and have an immense impact on their quality of life throughout the cancer journey.

As we enter the second year of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to witness the tremendous dedication of oncology nurses as they rise to the challenge and provide critical care to patients and families, helping them manage difficulties associated with cancer while addressing their fear of infection.

We at de Souza want to thank and acknowledge these nurses for their brave and selfless work.

Please visit CANO-ACIO website and read many of the oncology nursing stories.

Stay safe and take good care,
de Souza Institute

Cancer Chat: Bringing AI-enabled cancer support to life

March 24, 2021

In a paper recently published in JMIR Research Protocols, researchers at de Souza Institute, University of Toronto, and La Trobe University in Australia outline their new AI-enabled cofacilitator tool for online cancer support groups. The tool uses a machine learning algorithm based on interpreting patterns of written text to track support group participants’ progress in real-time, while providing feedback to the leading therapist.

Read the full article at:

Natural Language Processing–Based Virtual Cofacilitator for Online Cancer Support Groups: Protocol for an Algorithm Development and Validation Study

March 9, 2021 |

Natural Language Processing–Based Virtual Cofacilitator for Online Cancer Support Groups: Protocol for an Algorithm Development and Validation Study Authors: Yvonne W Leung, PhD; Elise Wouterloot, MA; Achini Adikari, BSc; Graeme Hirst, PhD; Daswin de Silva, PhD; Jiahui Wong, PhD; Jacqueline L Bender, PhD; Mathew Gancarz, MMSc; David Gratzer, MD; Damminda Alahakoon, PhD; Mary Jane Esplen, … Read more

Spotlight on Patrice de Peiza, OT Reg. (Ont.), ND, MScCH, CLT

February 11, 2021 |

Congratulations to Patrice de Peiza on her recent spotlight piece in UHN Occupational Therapy Times. Patrice de Peiza currently provides patient care as a UHN OT in the Outpatient Musculoskeletal Rehab Program at Toronto Rehab, and develops cancer rehabilitation courses in her role as the Clinical Education Lead in the Cancer Rehab and Survivorship Program … Read more

Warm Holiday Wishes from de Souza Institute

December 18, 2020

As the days pass and we bring a close to 2020, the end of the year gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on all our partnerships and interactions with our learners, faculty and staff. 2020 is an unprecedented year: COVID has changed our lives and affected our health care system in a significant … Read more