Catalyst

CAHO Spring 2016 Catalyst: The Value of Health System Research

This special edition of Catalyst shines a spotlight on the value of health system research, highlighting past research projects that have had a significant impact on patient care and system efficiency, as well as new research projects that can help steer the future of health care by addressing today’s system priorities. All of the research featured in this edition of Catalyst received support—or applied for support in 2015/16—from the Health System Research Fund (HSRF). The purpose of the HSRF is to provide Ontario decision makers with policy-relevant evidence to help guide rational and effective investment. This type of research is especially important in tough economic times. Ontario’s research hospitals were disappointed with the Ontario Government’s decision to halt the HSRF and believe that the opportunity cost of this decision bears further consideration. We are glad to share these stories that demonstrate the vital role of health system research in support of our ask that the HSRF be reinstated.

 

A Message from the Chair

Health System Research: Transforming Ontario Health Care | May, 2016
Chair, CAHO, Dr. Catherine Zahn: Good evidence is the foundation for rational and effective investment in the Ontario health care system. CAHO hospitals collaborate with our health community partners to conduct the research that informs policy decisions to address resource gaps that limit equitable access to excellent care. This edition of Catalyst demonstrates the power […] Read more >

What is Health System Research?

What Is Health System Research and Why Does it Matter? | May, 2016
  Health System Research: Research with the goal of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health professionals and the health care system, through changes to practice and policy. Health services research is a multi-disciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies and personal behaviours affect […] Read more >

What Really Matters

Bringing Evidence to Care: How the Pediatric Rehabilitation Sector is Adopting Evidence-Based Best Practices | May, 2016
Ontario is home to global leaders in childhood disability research who are doing foundational work in areas including cerebral palsy, autism, and concussion care. The Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services (OACRS) hopes to leverage this world-class resource by bringing together researchers, clinicians, patients and families to facilitate the dissemination and adoption of top research […] Read more >

From the Lab to the Real World

The Case for Evidence-Based Policy: Looking at the Impact of the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network | May, 2016
In 2008, researchers Tara Gomes and Dr. Muhammad Mamdani from St. Michael’s Hospital and Dr. David Juurlink from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre collaborated with researchers from across Ontario, establishing a research network that could rapidly respond to the policy needs of the Ontario Public Drug Programs. With support from the Health System Research Fund, the […] Read more >

Success Story

Advancing Senior Friendly Hospital Care in Ontario | May, 2016
Researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital have spearheaded a knowledge translation project to move evidence-based care into hospitals across Ontario, establishing lasting improvements for seniors care. With support from the Health System Research Fund, 87 hospitals are participating in the Senior Friendly Hospitals ACTION program. The program is increasing capacity to […] Read more >

Open Dialogue

Using Research Evidence to Improve Community Mental Health and Addiction Services in Ontario: our best kept secret | April, 2016
Health system research is a vital component to ensuring effective, sustainable healthcare for Ontarians. With a deep understanding of mental health care in Ontario, and a commitment to improving its delivery and efficacy, Steve Lurie, the Executive Director of the Toronto branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, highlights the value of investing in health […] Read more >