Monica Parmar Calislar

Monica Parmar Calislar, RN, MSc. (A), PhD Student

Doctoral Student, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cancer Nutrition - Rehabilitation Program, Segal Cancer Centre, Jewish General Hospital
Adjunct Part-Time Faculty Member, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University

monica.parmar [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email)

Monica Parmar Calislar is specialized in cancer care nursing with a focus on palliative and rehabiliation care for patients with advanced cancer and cachexia.  Her research interests include understanding the patient and family experience of living with cancer cachexia, how inter-professionals provide evidence-based tailored interventions for patients with cachexia in the context of advanced cancer in specialized supportive care teams, patient satisfaction with ambulatory cancer care services, and the improvement of palliative care services for patients with complex and chronic illnesses in the Canadian health care system.  Monica is completing her doctoral degree under the supervision of Dr. Robin Cohen in the Ingram School of Nursing at McGill University, and she is currently a recipient of the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRSQ) - Doctoral Award for Health Care Professionals.

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Chen BQP, Parmar MP, Gartshore K.  Supporting women with advanced breast cancer:  The impact of altered functional status on their social roles.  Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, 2014.  doi: 10-5737/1181912x243194198

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25189057

Parmar MP, Swanson T, Jagoe RT. Weight changes correlate with alterations in subjective physical function in advanced cancer patients referred to a specialized nutrition rehabilitation team.  Supportive care in Cancer, 2013.  doi:10.1007/s00520-013-1762-2

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23440547

Richard M, Parmar MP, Calestagne P, McVey L.  Seeking patient feedback: An important dimension of quality in cancer care, Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 25(4), 344-351, 2010.  doi:10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3181d5c055

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20164806

Presentations at Conferences

Gartshore K, Luan YH, Parmar Calislar MP.  Patients as partners in care:  The experience of patients attending an interdisciplinary cancer nutrition rehabilitation program for the treatment of cachexia.  Oral presentation at the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology - Annual Conference, Québec City, Québec, Canada, 2014.

Cohen SR, MacKinnon CJ, Khadoury A, Dewitte M, Parmar Calislar MP, Penner J, Feindel A, Bitzas V, Kogan N.  Training volunteer "caregiver coaches" to coach family caregivers to maintain their health and provide care in home-based palliative care.  Oral presentation at the 20th International Congress on Palliative Care, Montreal, Québec, Canada, September 2014.

Parmar Calislar MP, Gartshore K, Luan YH.  The experience of advanced cancer patients attending an interdisciplinary cancer nutrition rehabilitation program for the treatment of cachexia.  Poster presentation at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Conference, Miami, Florida, USA, June 2014.

Parmar Calislar MP. Exporing the experience of cancer cachexia in the context of the biopsychosocial model:  The evaluation of a theoretical framework, oral presentation at the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, April 2014.

Parmar MP.  The development of a psycho-social clinical nursing intervention in the management of cancer cachexia for patients with advanced cancer and their family caregivers.  Oral presentation at the Technology in the elderly network (TECH VALUE NET) Researcher's Meeting, Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 2012.

Stevenson M, MacKinnon C, Bélanger E, Penner J, Parmar MP.  When students weep:  The psychosocial needs of students conducting research with advanced cancer and palliative care patients.  Poster presentation at the International Congress on Palliative Care, Montreal, Québec, Canada, October 2012.

Chen BQ, Parmar MP, Gartshore K.  Supporting women with advanced breast cancer:  The impact of functional status on social roles.  Oral presentation at the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology - Annual Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, October 2012.

Parmar MP.  What is the prevalence of distress, decreased quality of life, depression and nervousness in patients with cancer cachexia? Oral presentation at the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology - Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, September 2010.

Parmar MP, Swanson TS, Jagoe RT.  Exploring relationships between quality of life, weight and symptoms over short time frames:  Supporting the use of targeted rehabilitation interventions in patients with advanced cancer.  Poster presentation at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 2010.

Richard M, Parmar MP, Calestagne P, McVey L.  Seeking patient feedback:  An important dimension of quality in cancer care.  Poster presentation at the International Conference on Cancer Nursing, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, March 2010.

Parmar MP, Jagoe RT.  Innovative service delivery model in rehabilitative cancer care:  McGill Cancer Nutrition Rehabilitation.  Poster presentation at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Human Resources Group Symposium, Montreal, Québec, Canada, January 2010.

Parmar MP, Swanson TS, Kasymjanova G, Jagoe RT.  Do short-term changes in weight influence quality of life and symptoms in advanced cancer? Poster presentation at the 5th International Cachexia Conference, Barcelona, Spain, December 2009.