Margaret Purden

Margaret Purden, RN, PhD
Associate Professor

Office of Interprofessional Education
2001 McGill College, Suite 1310
margaret.purden [at]

Professor Margaret Purden completed her undergraduate and doctoral studies in nursing. She has been the Scientific Director of the Centre for Nursing Research since 1999, and Project Director at the JGH's Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. Dr. Purden is an Associate Professor and the Assistant Director of the PhD program at the Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. She is a co-investigator with researchers from the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) and the Montreal Heart Institute to test an intervention for cardiac patients discharged from the emergency department. For the past three years, she has been the Provincial Director of the Research Committee of the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses (CCCN), Quebec Chapter as well as a member of the National Scientific Review Committee of the CCCN.

At the same time, Dr. Purden has conducted considerable work in the growing areas of Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Practice. She is a researcher with the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative and is involved with ECAIPPE, the Eastern Collaborative for the Advancement of Interprofessional practice and Education which brings together educators and researchers from across the eastern provinces (Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes) to advance joint ventures to facilitate the creation of new knowledge in interprofessional education and practice, and help to apply this knowledge by working directly with government, educational and health care institutions and communities.

Areas of Interest

  • Psychosocial factors influencing the long-term adjustment patterns of cardiac patients and their spouses
  • The role of family care giving in patient recovery
  • Gender differences and psychosocial adjustment to cardiac disease
  • The marital relationship and recovery from illness
  • The health care costs associated with long-term adjustment
  • Inter-professional education and practice
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