null Janet Rennick, RN, MScN, PhD

Scientist, RI-MUHC

Child Health and Human Development Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Associate Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care, MUHC



pediatric intensive care • psychological outcomes • post-intensive care syndrome pediatrics • mixed methods • patient and family-centred care

Research Focus

My research focuses on three aspects of Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and post-PICU hospitalization: identifying children's psychological outcomes following PICU hospitalization and associated recovery trajectories; enhancing patient and family-centred care for critically ill children with medical complexity (CMC); and developing innovations in care to promote healthy recovery following critical illness. PICU hospitalization places children at risk of persistent psychological and social difficulties, part of pediatric post-intensive care syndrome (PICS-p). Findings highlight the gravity of children's negative responses, interdependencies between child and family members' responses, and a lack of long-term data regarding recovery trajectories. I am currently using mixed methods to better understand the magnitude and duration of potentially harmful psychological and behavioural changes and associated risk factors in children over a three-year period post-PICU discharge, and to improve patient and family-centred care for CMC in the PICU using a novel integrated KT approach.

Selected Publications

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  • Rennick, J.E., St-Sauveur, I., Knox, A., Ruddy, M. (2019). Exploring the experiences of parent caregivers of children with chronic medical complexity during pediatric intensive care unit hospitalization: An interpretive descriptive study. BMC Pediatrics. 19 (August):272.

  • Manning, J.C., Pinto, N.P., Rennick, J.E., Colville, G., Curley, M.A.Q. (2018). Conceptualizing Post Intensive Care Syndrome in Children -The PICS-p Framework. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 19(4): 298–300. DOI: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000001476.

  • Rennick, J.E., Stremler, R., Horwood, L., Aita, M., Lavoie, T., Majnemer, A., Antonacci, M., Knox, A., Constantin, E. (2018). A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of an Intervention to Promote Psychological Well-Being in Critically Ill Children: Soothing through Touch, Reading & Music. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2018 Jul;19(7): e358-e366. DOI: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000001556.

  • Rennick, J.E., & Childerhose, J.E. (2015). Redefining success in the PICU: New patient populations shift targets of care. Pediatrics, 135(2):e289-91. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2014-2174.

  • Rennick, J.E., Dougherty, G., Chambers, C., Stremler, R., Childerhose, J.E., Stack, D.M., Harrison, D., Campell-Yeo, M., Dryden-Palmer, K., Zhang, X., Hutchison, J. (2014). Children’s psychological and behavioral responses following Pediatric Intensive Care Unit hospitalization: The caring intensively study. BMC Pediatrics, 14: 276. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2431-14-276.