Congratulations to CHEPA faculty John Lavis and Jeremiah Hurley for successfully leading the application for funds from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for the research program Harnessing Evidence and Values to Health System Excellence.
The research program will be supported over three years (April 2013 to March 2016) by a one-time, multi-year grant of $4.9 million through the Ministry’s new Health System Research Fund - Research Awards competition.
The program’s co-investigators - Julia Abelson, Mita Giacomini, Michel Grignon, Glen Randall, and Arthur Sweetman - are all CHEPA members. Collaborators include four other CHEPA faculty (Christopher Longo, Gillian Mulvale, Daria O'Reilly, and Michael Wilson) along with McMaster-based Melissa Brouwers (Oncology/Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and post-doctoral fellow Meredith Vanstone.
The research program is an interdisciplinary program of work to advance the science and practice of identifying and integrating evidence about the effectiveness of health care policies with information about societal values to:
1) evaluate how Ontario’s health system is performing; and
2) support the development of policies to enhance the system’s performance and sustainability.
The research will both draw on existing evidence and produce new evidence regarding how well health care policies achieve their objectives; how the values of citizens, patients and providers can inform policy development, and how best to integrate evidence and values in the policy process.
The research program will study these issues in the context of both specific priority areas of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care such as improving system performance, primary care, mental health services, and care for vulnerable populations, and core health system functions such as deciding what new technologies to adopt and how to pay providers. Collaborations with research users will ensure the research projects meet the specific needs of these individuals and groups. A comprehensive set of knowledge translation activities, such as stakeholder dialogues, a rapid-response evidence service and training, will ensure that health system leaders can identify and act on evidence and values in a timely way.
The ministry received more than 200 notifications of intent to apply for this funding in the fall of 2012 and eleven full applications were eventually funded.