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Use of research to develop health care policy subject of January seminar

08 Jan 2009

The role of research in developing health care policy on issues such as improving patient wait times will be the subject of the CHEPA Monthly Seminar on Jan. 21.

Kathryn McDade, Director General of the Health Care Policy Directorate at Health Canada, will provide an overview of the various roles researchers and research evidence can play in the federal policy process, and use examples from recent initiatives to share insights into how research evidence has been used in actual practice.

Entitled Research Evidence in the Federal Policy Process: A Wait Times Case Study, the seminar will focus on federal government efforts to help reduce and improve management of patient wait times. McDade will draw on specific examples such as the work of provincial and territorial governments to establish common benchmarks for medically acceptable wait times in priority areas, and federal support for developing and sharing innovative solutions to address wait times.

The presentation will also provide a policymaker's perspective on how researchers seeking to influence policy development can better understand opportunities and obstacles for research in the current policy environment.

The seminar will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in HSC-1J7. All are welcome to attend.

The Health Care Policy Directorate is responsible for policy development and management of grants and contributions across a range of health care policy issues. Before joining the directorate in May, 2007, McDade was Director of Operations in the Social Development Secretariat of the Privy Council Office, where she provided advice on various social policy issues. She has experience as a policy analyst and manager in a number of federal departments, and has degrees in political science and public administration from Carleton University.

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