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angle-left 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, McGill University



pediatric intensive care • psychological outcomes • mixed methods • family-centred care • child self-report measures

Research Focus

My research focuses on three aspects of Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and post- PICU hospitalization: (1) identifying children's psychological outcomes following PICU hospitalization and potential predictors of those outcomes, (2) promoting parenting and child comfort in the PICU, and (3) developing and testing child self-report measures of psychological distress following critical illness. PICU hospitalization places children at increased risk of persistent psychological and behavioral difficulties following discharge. Findings highlight the gravity of children's negative responses to PICU hospitalization, and the near complete absence of long-term follow-up data pertaining to these children. I am currently conducting a CIHR-funded study following children for 36 months post-PICU discharge to better understand the magnitude and duration of potentially harmful psychological and behavioral changes, and to identify clinical risk factors associated with these changes. Ultimately, I hope to identify child risk and protective factors that are amenable to clinical intervention.

Selected Publications

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  • 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.

  • *Ranger, M., Johnston, C.C., Rennick, J.E., Limperopoulos, C., Heldt, T., du Plessis, A.J. (2013). A multidimensional approach to pain assessment in critically ill infants during a painful procedure. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 29(7), 613-620. DOI: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e31826dfb13.

  • Rennick, J.E., Lambert, S., Childerhose, J., Campbell-Yeo, M., Filion, F., Johnston, C.C. (2011). Mothers' experience of a Touch and Talk intervention to optimize pain management in the PICU: A qualitative descriptive study. Intensive & Critical Care Nursing. 27(3):151-157. DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2011.03.05.

  • Rennick, J.E., Johnston, C.C., Lambert, S.D., Rashotte, J.M., Schmitz, N., Earle, R.J., Stevens, B.J., Tewfik, T., Wood-Dauphinee, S. (2011). Measuring psychological outcomes following pediatric intensive care unit hospitalization: Psychometric analysis of the Children's Critical Illness Impact Scale. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 12(6): 635-642. DOI: 10.1097/PCC.0b013e3182191bfa.