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CIHR 2018 post-doctoral fellowships awarded to 2 researchers with links to CHEPA

23 Oct 2018

Two 2018 Health System Impact (HIS) post-doctoral fellowships have been awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Information (CIHR) to researchers supervised by CHEPA members.

Dr. Iwona Bielska, supervised by Kelly Cimek of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and CHEPA’s Dr. Jean-Éric Tarride, has been awarded $155,000, including a contribution from the LHIN, over two years for her project entitled “Evidence-based strategic directions to reduce emergency department patient wait times within the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN).” 

In 2016-17, the HNHB LHIN had the fifth highest emergency department volumes in the province at 572,770 and the highest ambulance volumes at 116,492, as well as the worst emergency department wait times among all 14 LHINs in Ontario. Dr. Bielska’s project will use a mixed research methods approach to undertake an in-depth analysis of the emergency department wait times within the HNHB LHIN, and to develop evidence-based strategic recommendations on potential opportunities for alleviating emergency department pressures.  For more information about the research project, click here.

Dr. Matt Leyenaar
, who is supervised by Dr. William Krizmanich and Dr. Andrew Costa, has been awarded $35,000 over one year for his research project “Common assessments for repeated paramedic encounters: Evaluating care planning in community paramedicine.

Patients are often frustrated about having to repeatedly tell their health story to multiple care providers, while different care providers assess patients differently and may not adequately share the information they discover with other care providers. Increasingly, common assessment tools are being used to reduce this inefficiency and improve patient care. Dr. Leyenaar’s project seeks to address the quality of an assessment instrument developed for use in community paramedicine home visit programs for its ability to measure changes in patient condition over time; whether paramedics find it useful, whether it can predict outcomes or adverse events, and whether it improves the coordination of information between providers. For more information about the research project, click here.

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