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Determining research priorities of patients, 'carers' and clinicians topic of CHEPA seminar

17 Feb 2015

Research priorities have traditionally been determined by researchers in academia or industry, but there is a growing belief that patients, ‘carers’ and clinicians should have greater input into determining research priorities.

At a CHEPA seminar on Feb. 25, Dr. Andreas Laupacis, Executive Director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, will describe his experience bringing together patients, the people who support patients and clinicians to agree on research priorities in different clinical areas.

Laupacis, the Canada Research Chair in Health Policy and Citizen Engagement Research, will describe a methodology developed by the James Lind Alliance in the UK for involving patients, ‘carers’ and clinicians in determining research priorities, and reflect upon four projects that used this approach in Canada; in dialysis, kidney cancer, gestational diabetes and raising healthy children.

The seminar will be held on Weds. Feb. 25 in CRLB-119 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The seminar will be available remotely for those unable to attend.

Laupacis, a general internist, is a Professor at the University of Toronto in both the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

His research interests are broad; he has published over 330 peer-reviewed articles covering a variety of topics in clinical epidemiology, health services research, health technology assessment and health policy.  Recently he has become interested in engaging the public about health care issues (he founded the web site www.healthydebate.ca).

As well as holding a Canada Research Chair in Health Policy and Citizen Engagement, he is also the Chair of the Institute Advisory Board for the CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research.

He has served on numerous academic and governmental advisory committees. Currently he is the Board Chair for Health Quality Ontario and is also a member of the Board of Cancer Care Ontario.

Laupacis has been awarded the annual Health Services Research Advancement Award from the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation and was named the Justice Emmett Hall Laureate in 2010. In 2013 he was the inaugural recipient of the CIHR’s Barer-Flood Prize in Health Services and Policy Research.

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