Patricia Longmuir

Senior Scientist, CHEO Research Institute

Dr. Longmuir is a Senior Scientist in the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute.  Dr. Longmuir’s research interests are the promotion of physical activity to children with medical conditions and disabilities, and the use of physical activity to prevent and/or treat morbidity. Her undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. theses examined the impact of interventions to increase physical activity among children with heart defects or cystic fibrosis. Dr. Longmuir’s post-doctoral fellowship was a community health promotion initiative targeting parents of young children. Dr. Longmuir has published more than 70 papers and 6 book chapters in the peer-reviewed literature. She has delivered over 180 scholarly conference presentations, and more than 80 invited and keynote addresses.

LIFE and Health for Young Children with Congenital Heart Defects

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Research Projects

  1. Attitudes toward physical activity as a treatment component for adolescents with anorexia nervosa: An exploratory qualitative study of patient perceptions


    This study allows for the inclusion of patient voices in the conversation surrounding the role of physical activity in AN treatment.

  2. Interactions with Home and Health Environments Discourage Physical Activity: Reports from Children with Complex Congenital Heart Disease and Their Parents


    Positive clinical encouragement and health environment interventions that better support physical activity are required.

  3. Perceptions of Healthy Lifestyles Among Children With Complex Heart Disease and Their Caregivers


    There is a profound need to enhance knowledge of childhood heart conditions and improve interactions among key stakeholders—children and families, educators, and recreation and healthcare professionals.

  4. Poor adherence to sleep and physical activity guidelines among children with epilepsy


    To assess physical activity and sleep rates in a cohort of children with epilepsy (CWE) and determine if there is a relationship between physical activity and sleep time.

  5. Developing patient resources to enable the exchange of healthy lifestyle information between clinicians and families of children with complex heart problems


    healthy active lifestyles among children with CHP and the impact of these resources for changing healthy lifestyle behaviours.