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Dr. Trevor Smith

Dr. Trevor Smith
Dr. Trevor Smith
Faculty of Arts & Science - Sociology, Associate Professor
office: H313
email: trevors@nipissingu.ca
tel: 705.474.3450
ext: 4317
fax: 705.474.1947
web: Trevor Smith Website


BA, University of Guelph;
MA, University of Guelph;
PhD, University of Toronto

Areas of Specialization:

​Canadian Health Care System; Social Gerontology; Sociology of Health, Illness & Mental Disorder; Social Determinants of Health.

Research Interests:

​Health Services Research, Health Informatics, Stress & Social Support, Palliative Care, Social Gerontology

Current & Future Research:

I am a health services researcher collaborating with a group called interRAI.

InterRAI is a network of clinicians and researchers in over 30 countries committed to improving health care for persons who are elderly, frail, or disabled. Their goal is to promote evidence-based clinical practice and policy decisions through the collection and interpretation of high quality data about the characteristics and outcomes of persons served across a variety of health and social services setting. They develop standardized, comprehensive intake / needs assessment forms for home care, nursing homes, assisted living, psychiatric hospitals, palliative care, etc.,). I am a co-author of the interRAI Palliative Care.  As a postdoctoral student, I assisted with the development of the interRAI-Mental Health. As of October 2005, the interRAI Mental Health was mandated as the common assessment instrument for all designated psychiatric beds in the Province of Ontario, Canada, and constitutes part of the Ontario Mental Health Reporting System (OMHRS), Canadian Institute for Health Information


Feng Z, Hirdes JP, Smith TF, Finne-Soveri H, Chi I, DuPasquier JN, Gilgen R,  Ikegami N, Mor V.  Use of physical restraints and antipsychotic medications in nursing homes: a cross national study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2009, 24, 1-9.

Smith TF, and Hirdes JP. Predicting social isolation among psychogeriatric patients. International Psychogeriatrics. 2009, 21, 50-59.

*Brink P, Smith TF. Determinants of home death in palliative home care: using the interRAI Palliative Care to Assess End-of-Life Care. American Journal of Hospice and  Palliative Medicine. 2008, 25, 263-270.

*Brink P, Smith TF, Kitson M. Determinants of Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders in palliative home care. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2008, 11, 226-232.

Morris JN, Belleville-Taylor P, et al.  interRAI Clinical Assessment Protocols (CAPs)—For Use With interRAI’s Community and Long-Term Care Assessment Instruments,  Ottawa: Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2008,  ISBN 978-1-55465-385-0.

Martin L, Hirdes JP, Fries BE, Smith TF. Development and psychometric properties of an assessment for persons with ID, the interRAI ID. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. 2007, 4, 23-29.

*Brink P, Smith TF, Linkewich B. Risk of developing pressure ulcers among palliative home care clients. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2006, 9: 1369-1375.

Smith TF. Standardized Comprehensive Assessment in Palliative Care: the interRAI PC. Stride: Excellence in Long Term Care, 2006, 8, 6-9.

*Gruneir A, Smith TF, Hirdes JP, Cameron R. Depression in patients with advanced illness: an examination of Ontario Complex Continuing Care Using the Minimum Data Set 2.0. Palliative and Supportive Care, 2005, 3, 99-105.

Allison KR,  Adlaf EM, Irving HM, Rondeau JL, Smith TF, Dwyer JJ, and Goodman J. Relationship of Vigorous Physical Activity to Psychological Distress Among Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2005, 37, 166-168.

Smith TF, Erickson DH, Levene J, and Hirdes JP. “Support Systems – Social Supports”. Pgs 5-66 to 5-71 in Hirdes JP, Pérez E, Curtin-Telegdi N, et al,. Minimum Data Set User’s Manual, Ontario Mental Health Reporting System (OMHRS). Ottawa: Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2005, ISBN 1-55392-610-2 (PDF).

Carlson K, Smith TF, Botz CK, and Swart T. “Behaviour Disturbance”. Pgs 5-187 to 5-193 in Hirdes JP, Pérez E, Curtin-Telegdi N, et al,. Minimum Data Set User’s Manual, Ontario Mental Health Reporting System (OMHRS). Ottawa: Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2005, ISBN 1-55392-610-2 (PDF).

Steel K, Morris JN, Fries BE, Belleville-Taylor P, Curtin-Telegdi N, Frijters D, Hirdes JP, Ljunggren G, Murphy KM, Nonemaker S, Rabinowitz T, Ribbe M, Smith TF, Topinkova E, Berg K, Bjorkgren M, Gilgen R, Hawes C, Henrard J-C, Phillips CD. User’s Guide for the interRAI-Palliative Care, Washington, DC: interRAI, 2003.

Hirdes JP, Smith TF, Rabinowitz T, Yamauchi K, Perez E, Telegdi NC, Prendergast P, Morris JN, Ikegami N, Philips C, and Fries BE. The resident assessment instrument-mental health (RAI-MH): Evidence on inter-rater reliability and convergent validity. Journal of Behavioural Health Services and Research, 2002, 29, 419-432.

Hirdes JP, Marhaba M, Smith TF, Clyburn L, Mitchell L, Lemick RA, Telegidi NC,Perez E, Rabinowitz T, and Yamauchi K. Development of the resident assessment instrument-mental health (RAI-MH).  Hospital Quarterly, 2001, 4, 44-51.

Eakin JM, Cava M, and Smith TF. From theory to practice: The challenge of a “determinants” approach to workplace health promotion. Health Promotion Practice, 2001, 2, 172-181.

Smith TF. Social support needs among the institutionalized elderly with schizophrenia.  Stride: Excellence in Long Term Care, 2000, 12-14.

Courses Taught:

  • Soci_3186  Health & the Family
  • Soci_4137 Selected Topics in Aging:  Health Care for an Aged Population
  • Soci_3166  Social Epidemiology
  • Soci_4557 Special Topics:  Sociology of Mental Illness
  • Soci_4096 Honours Thesis Proposal
  • Soci_4136 Social Theories in Aging
  • Soci_2036  Social Gerontology
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