As Senior Researcher, Dr. Milke leads and participates in cutting-edge
research in addition to initiating and engaging in enterprises to
help CapitalCare build research capacity. She also promotes applied
research within CapitalCare. She serves as a knowledge broker, advocating
for the use of research in planning and delivering healthcare. She
also provides input into the Alzheimer Care Centre programs, other
dementia and mental health programs within CapitalCare, and into
corporate planning for new construction and renovation projects.
Dr. Milke specializes in research on dementia care and supportive
environments. Although the number is growing, she is one of a handful
of Canadian researchers working in the field who are knowledgeable
in environmental gerontology; her Ph.D. specializes in that field.
and Policy in Long-Term Care:
Building a Bridge with Knowledge Brokering (2005-2007).
Funded by Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF),
this project intends to create and facilitate meaningful dialogue
between researchers and decision-makers in the long-term care field.
This knowledge brokering will specifically centre on using RAI 2.0
data as part of a quality assurance framework within the continuing
care field. The emphasis will be placed on stimulating an evidence-based
culture and the use of research-based evidence. The approach of
the project is to implement a “leaky sieve” approach
to knowledge brokering so that research results are disseminated
at several points during the process and not just upon completion.
Dr. Milke is a co-investigator on this study.
Managing Continuity of Care for Continuing Care Services
within Two Health Regions: Perspective on Waitlists (2003-2006).
This project is a collaborative, multidisciplinary effort, which
benefits from the expertise of its 19 person team, which include
researchers from CapitalCare, the University of Alberta, the University
of Calgary, Dalhousie University, Alberta Health and Wellness, Capital
Health, Calgary Health Region, and Shepherd’s Care. It is
funded by Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) and
the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR). The
purpose of the project is to better understand (a) the nature of
waitlists for publicly funded continuing care services in Alberta’s
two most populous health regions, that is, Capital Health (CH, Edmonton
and area) and Calgary Health Region (CHR, Calgary and area), and
(b) the experiences of individuals as they wait for these services.
Dr. Milke is a co-investigator on this study.
pain in persons with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) residing in continuing
care centres (CCCs) of The Capital Care Group.
In 2004, The CapitalCare Foundation funded this project. The researchers
on this team include Dr. Sharon Warren, Karen Turpin and Dr. Milke.
Data collection is finished and the project is currently in the
Milke, D.L., Beck, C.H.M. & Danes, S. (2006). Meeting the needs
in continuing care of facility-based residents diagnosed with dementia:
Comparison of ratings by families, direct care staff, and other
staff. The Journal of Applied Gerontology, 25(2), 103-119.
A.W., Milke, D.L., & Beck C.H.M. (2005). The degree of bedroom
personalisation in institutional and homelike settings for persons
with dementia: A quantitative investigation. Canadian Journal on
Aging, 2(4), 329-337.
D.L., Beattie, E.R.A., Song, J., Milke, D.L., Duffield, C., &
Cowan, B. (2004). Validation of the Algase Wandering Scale (AWS-V2)
in a cross cultural sample. Aging and Mental Health, 8(2), 133-142.
J., Algase, D.L., Beattie, E.R.A., Milke, D.L., Duffield, C., &
Cowan, B. (2003) Comparison of U.S., Canadian, and Australian participants’
performance on the Algase Wandering Scale Version 2 (AWS-V2). Research
and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal, 17(3),
O., & Milke, D. L. (2002). Environmental design in long term
care. In M. Stephenson & E. Sawyer (Ed.) Continuing the Care:
The Issues and Challenges Long-term Care. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Hospital
S., Milke, D. L., & Rust, T. (2002). Evaluation of The CAPITAL
CARE Group's restraint reduction initiative. Edmonton, AB: The CAPITAL
CARE Group. (Technical Report)
D. L., Nikiforuk, C., Ulmer, K., & Sellers, D. (2002). Dementia
prevalence in The Capital CARE Group. Edmonton, AB: The CAPITAL
D.L., Clark, C., & Bucknell, M. (2000). Guidelines for providing
illumination for elderly residents based on an evaluation of lighting
at McConnell Place North & McConnell Place West. (Technical
D. L., Clark, C., & Bucknell, M. (2000). Assessing the Adequacy
of Residential Lighting in Two Care Centre for Persons with Alzheimer’s
Disease Using the New Age-Adjusted North American Illumination Recommendations.
Toronto, ON: Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation. (Research
D. L., Beck, C. H. M., & Ledewitz, S. (1999). A Five-Site Comparison
of Care Settings Built on the ‘Woodside Place Model’:
An Evaluation of Resident Needs and Outcomes and Their Relationship
to Physical Features, Staffing, and Programming. Technical report
(ms 124 p.).
D. L. (1996). Environmental design in the facility-based long term
care sector: Looking to the future. In E. Sawyer (Ed.) Issues and
challenges in the Canadian long-term care sector (pp. 293-326).
Ottawa, ON: Canadian Hospital Association Press.
D. L. (1994). Facility Design Issues for Continuing Care Centres:
A Discussion Paper Commissioned by The Long Term Care Facilities
Sector Role Statement Working Group. Edmonton, AB: Alberta Health.
(52 p. monograph reviewed for acceptance by 20 experts in the field)
D. L. (1992). Wandering tracks: Environmental strategies that may
work too well. In G. Gutman (Ed.) Shelter and care of persons with
dementia (pp. 133-149). Burnaby, BC: The Gerontology Research Centre,
Simon Fraser University.
B. G., Milke, D. L., & Dobbs, A. R. (1992). Design of institutions:
Cognitive functioning and social interactions of the aged resident.
Journal of Applied Gerontology, 11, 475-488.
Interest Group on Aging
SIGA is a collaboration of researchers in the University of Alberta’s
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine who are interested in conducting
researcher in aging-related areas. Members of this group come from
variety of backgrounds, such as Speech Language Pathology, Psychology
and Occupational Therapy.
Vet-link is a new, interdisciplinary network that has developed
to facilitate efforts to meet Canadian veterans' current and emerging
health care needs through research collaboration. Network partners
co-operate on funded research on themes of mutual interest and transfer
of knowledge to improve services for clients, and contribute to
national policy and program development where possible.
Association on Gerontology
AAG is a province-wide interdisciplinary organization that seeks
to enhance the lives of the aging population through support of
persons involved in and concerned with gerontology. One of its goals
is to provide a vehicle for networking among individuals and organizations
interested in gerontology in Alberta and to stimulate the development
of opportunities that enhance the knowledge and practice of people
interested in gerontology in Alberta.
Association on Gerontology
CAG is a national, multidisciplinary scientific and educational
association established to provide leadership in matters related
to the aging population. It seeks to improve the lives of older
Canadians through the creation and dissemination of knowledge in
gerontological policy, practice, research and education.
Design Research Organiztion
EDRA is an international, interdisciplinary organization founded
in 1968 by design professionals, social scientists, students, educators,
and facility managers. The purpose of EDRA is the advancement and
dissemination of environmental design research, thereby improving
understanding of the interrelationships between people, their built
and natural surroundings, and helping to create environments responsive
to human needs.
Society of America
The GSA is a non-profit professional organization with more than
5000 members in the field of aging. GSA provides researchers, educators,
practitioners, and policy makers with opportunities to understand,
advance, integrate, and use basic and applied research on aging
to improve the quality of life as one ages. Dr. Milke is a member
of several sections (Behavioural & Social Sciences Section;
Social Research, Policy & Practice Section) and interest groups
(Physical Environments & Aging, Researchers Based in Long Term
Care and Alzheimer's Disease Research).