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ICES site director Hsien Seow outlines research opportunities

03 Nov 2016

The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) uses vast amounts of Ontario’s health-related data, including population-based health surveys, anonymous patient records and clinical and administrative databases to produce cutting-edge studies that evaluate health care delivery and outcomes in the province.

Hsien Seow is the ICES-McMaster Site Director and also the Canada Research Chair for Palliative Care and Health System Innovation. On Nov 16 he will describe the opportunities the ICES database offers to researchers in a CHEPA seminar entitled: CHEPA + ICES = a match made in heaven?: New research opportunities at McMaster using administrative data.

He’ll outline what ICES and the ICES-McMaster hub are and how they work; give examples of health policy and economic research using administrative data, and explain how to access the data.

The seminar will be held Nov 16, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., in CRL B-119. All are welcome to attend.

Seow is also the Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and HealthSystem Innovation, an Associate Professor in McMaster’s Department of Oncology and a member of CHEPA. His research interests are innovating the palliative care health system and improving quality of care.  

He has worked with RAND Health, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Quality Ontario, and various health policy makers to improve hospice palliative care.

Previously, Seow held a CIHR New Investigator award and the Cancer Care Ontario Chair in Health Services Research. He earned a PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a BSc from Yale University.

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