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Long-term care (LTC) residents are at risk of receiving unwanted and non-beneficial treatment because of errors related to consent. The PoET Southwest Spread Project aims to reduce these consent-related errors and provide care that is in line with the resident’s values and wishes. In partnership with William Osler Health System, PSSP is being implemented and evaluated in LTC homes across Southwestern Ontario.
Led by Henry Siu
Our research work in prison health is aimed at preventing incarceration, improving health care in prisons and supporting the continuity of health care on release. Our work in this area involves partnership, collaboration, and consultation with persons with lived experience of incarceration, governmental authorities, and non-governmental stakeholders, as well as researchers in other disciplines at McMaster and researchers in other institutions.
Led by Fiona Kouyoumdjian.
The McMaster University Sentinel and Information Collaboration (MUSIC), is a practice-based research and learning network (PBRLN). MUSIC facilitates high quality research on topics that are important to primary care and the patients it serves. De-identified data is routinely extracted from electronic medical records to create a research-ready data repository for observational research.
Led by Dee Mangin
The CP@clinic Program was developed to help keep low-income older adults healthy at home and reduce avoidable 911 calls. Community paramedics visit with older adults in common rooms of social housing, addressing their unmet health needs. Paramedics set health goals with program participants and provide tailored health education and referrals to primary care and community resources.
Led by Gina Agarwal
For many older adults, taking multiple medications is part of daily life. While first prescribed with a purpose, some of these drugs may have been continued past their effectiveness or their negative effects outweigh their benefit. TAPER brings together pharmacists, family doctors and patients to safely reduce the number of medications a person is taking based on the priorities the patient has set for their own health.
Led by Dee Mangin
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a severe and highly prevalent infection among people who inject drugs (PWID). The Second Heart Program connects PWID with a multidisciplinary team designed to address their unique medical, psychosocial, and health system challenges.
Led by Robin Lennox
Health TAPESTRY is a community-based program, led by primary care teams, that creates connections between trained health care volunteers, interprofessional health care teams, novel technology and community engagement through improved system navigation. Based on the needs and goals of individual clients, the program works to enhance the timeliness and quality of care people receive — to help them stay healthier for longer in the places where they live.
Led by David Price, Dee Mangin and Doug Oliver
Advance Care Planning (ACP) means thinking about and sharing what you would like to happen, if you are unable to make important decisions about your own health. The role health professionals have in the lives of their clients creates a strong opportunity to get people planning for what they would like their care to look like in the future. Our ACP researchers are working to improve the approaches and resources available to help health professionals and their clients plan for the future, based on the client’s wishes and health.
Learn more about iGAP (Improving General practice Advance care Planning) and iCAN-ACP, led by Michelle Howard.
Diabetes is increasing dramatically in low- to middle-income countries. The Community Health Assessment Program in the Philippines (CHAP-P) intervention is a drop-in diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention program. Through a mixed methods design we are testing whether the CHAP model is effective in decreasing the number of people with a high risk of diabetes in the Zamboanga Peninsula of the Philippines.
Learn more about the Community Health Assessment Program in the Philippines (CHAP-P) led by Gina Agarwal.
How we train and continue to support the growth of our health professionals has a direct and obvious impact on the care that people receive. Research on topics such as trainer/trainee power dynamics or how universities select medical students and residents is helping inform how we prepare health professionals to provide the best care possible.
Learn more about Longitudinal appraisal of medical educational metrics: Developing big education data platforms, led by Lawrence Grierson or Health Professional Training researcher Meredith Vanstone.
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Through the interdisciplinary field of medical humanities, we learn about the wider historical and cultural content that health care operates in. The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Portal was developed to help gather resources for researchers, health professionals and the general public.
Led by Ellen Amster
The Art of Seeing
Compassion and empathy are crucial parts of working in health care; healthy self-care practices are part of maintaining those skills. We are studying how these aspects can be fostered through formal art analysis and visual literacy learning. The Art of Seeing is a program developed in partnership with the McMaster Museum of Art to help participants develop these skill sets.
Led by Joyce Zazulak and Nicole Knibb