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Building capacity for all to do primary care research

The David Braley Primary Care Research Collaborative (PCRC) aims to build capacity for all to do primary care research that will inform clinical practice, primary care systems and policy, and education. A highlight of this initiative is TRAction: A Toolkit for Research in Action, which provides step-by-step easily accessible resources to help people develop their […]

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Preventing error-based transfers in long-term care homes across Ontario

Long-term care (LTC) residents are entitled to the healthcare they want and from which they can benefit. Yet, residents’ values, wishes, and beliefs are frequently overlooked when treatment decisions are needed, leading to aggressive interventions that are often unnecessary and costly. The Prevention of Error-Based Transfers (PoET) Project has recruited 54 LTC homes across Ontario, […]

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Exploring continuity of care at the end of life

Michelle Howard received two CIHR grants (2018, 2022) to explore end-of-life care patterns in relation to the continuity of physician care for people dying in Ontario, Canada. The first grant used population-based health administrative data at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and has resulted in a publication in CMAJ Open that describes the […]

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Canadian Patient Partner Study

The Canadian Patient Partner Study aims to understand and describe the nature of patient partner engagement in health systems across Canada. ‘Patient partner’ is a term used to refer to people with lived experience of the health care system and who engage with health organizations in a longitudinal, bi-directional way to help make system change. […]

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Connecting social service worker students with social housing residents

Niagara Regional Housing (NRH) reached out to Dr. Gina Agarwal and VIP Research Lab early in the pandemic (summer 2020) to assist them with a project on connecting social service worker students with social housing residents. Building on their existing partnership, VIP Research Lab provided research guidance and hosted the data collection. The project examined […]

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Indigenous Teaching Through Art

Indigenous Teaching Through Art (ITTA) is a half-day workshop co-designed by Indigenous (Lorrie Gallant, Amy Montour) and non-Indigenous members (Joyce Zazulak, Nicole Knibb) of the Department of Family Medicine and delivered to 195 participants between October 30, 2018 and January 13, 2020. This program uses cultural knowledge, art creation, and reflective practices (narrative writing, storytelling, […]

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Researching the Impact of Service Provider Education (RISE)

The RISE (Researching the Impact of Service Provider Education) Project is a 3.5-year, multi-phase project funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada that began in November 2019. Co-PIs Melissa Kimber, Meredith Vanstone and Donna Stewart seek to understand the family violence learning needs of social work and physician trainees and practitioners in Canada, as […]

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Association between frailty status, multimorbidity and patient demographics, and changes in primary care since the COVID-19 pandemic

Healthcare access was restricted and many physicians switched to temporarily providing virtual care during the pandemic. This led to questions regarding possible changes in the primary care of older adults living with chronic conditions or frailty, and where efforts should be focused post-pandemic. After successful defence of her thesis, Shireen Fikree (MSc) and her supervisor […]

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Team Approach to Polypharmacy Evaluation and Reduction (TAPER)

TAPER has nearly reached its sample size of 360 participants, with the aim of finishing recruitment by the end of summer 2022. The Edmonton site has completed their portion, while staffing challenges have required modifications at the Nanaimo site. In addition, the McMaster site is expanding beyond McMaster Family Practice and Stonechurch Family Health Centre […]

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Understanding opportunities to support trauma-informed care in prisons

On a project funded by Correctional Service Canada, Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian et al. conducted a structured review and interviewed experts to understand and describe Opportunities to Support Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) in Canadian Federal Prisons. TIC includes four Rs: realization of trauma’s effects, recognition of signs of trauma, response to trauma, and resistance to re-traumatization, as […]

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