IHSPR Policy Rounds


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What are the IHSPR Policy Rounds?

CIHR's Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) Policy Rounds are webinars that disseminate research results and foster knowledge exchange among researchers, health care policy and decision makers, and other stakeholders. IHSPR Policy Rounds showcase current research evidence on high priority topics and promote evidence-informed decision making. Through IHSPR Policy Rounds we hope to spark opportunities to identify and address knowledge gaps and foster collaboration.

Who should participate in IHSPR Policy Rounds?

IHSPR Policy Rounds engage policy and decision makers, researchers and other stakeholders to share knowledge on health services and policy related research.

Past IHSPR Policy Rounds

Did you miss one? Watch past IHSPR Policy Rounds or contact Meghan Baker for English or French presentations.

March 2015 – Policy Levers to Advance Innovative Care Delivery via Team-Based Primary Health Care in Canada

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This policy round described the findings of a policy synthesis and an expert panel assessment examining system barriers to innovative care delivery and team-based primary health care in Canada.

We held a discussion on the policy implications related to Team Based Primary Health Care, including gaps in current polices and issues of scope of practice to support innovative collaborative models of care. What policy options do we have to advance team-based primary health care in Canada?


  • Esther Suter, Director, Workforce Research and Evaluation, Alberta Health Services
  • Louise Nasmith, Associate-Provost Health Professor and Principal, College of Health Disciplines, University of British Columbia, presenting on behalf of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • Caroline McAuley, Manager Zone Supports, Primary Health Care, Alberta Health Services

February 2015 – Caring for the Caregivers: Developing a Caregivers Strategy for Ontario

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This policy round described the research and policy implications of a Healthcare Renewal Policy Analysis research grant focused on informing a caregivers’ strategy for Ontario. The project engaged researchers, policy makers, care providers and caregivers in consultations to explore how best to support caregivers. We held a discussion on the policy implications of this work, including: the role of businesses in ensuring a workplace culture that better addresses the needs of employed caregivers; providing opportunities for caregivers to have their voices heard and needs assessed around the delivery of home and community care; and implementing a caregiver tax credit in Ontario for low- and moderate-income caregivers.


  • Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics, Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals
  • Dr. Geoffrey M. Anderson, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Janice Keefe, Professor of Family Studies and Gerontology Lena Isabel Jodrey Chair in Gerontology and Director, Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, Mount Saint Vincent University and Expert Advisor to the Employer Panel for Caregivers, Employment and Social Development Canada

December 2014 – Activity-Based Hospital Funding: International Perspectives on patient safety, system capacity and health policy

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This policy round described the research and policy implications of a new systematic review and meta-analysis of the global evidence produced from 1980-2012 on activity-based funding (ABF) in hospitals. We held a discussion on the policy implications related to ABF, including issues like increased pressure on post-acute care services, related to shortened length of stay expected under ABF. We also examined the real-world, intended and unintended consequences of the policies and the implications. Do patients experience improved quality of care and safety? Is the health system equipped to meet the population needs using this model? How should health policy adapt to provide the best care possible for Canadians?


  • Karen Palmer, Adjunct Professor, Faculties of Health Sciences and Science, Simon Fraser University
  • Danielle Martin, VP, Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions, Women's College Hospital
  • Thomas Agoritsas, Physician and Research Fellow, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, McMaster University
  • Steven Lewis, President, Access Consulting Ltd., Saskatoon

November 2014 - Improving Wait Times: Single-entry models for hip and knee replacement patients

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Timely access to scheduled services is an urgent and persistent national issue. Single-entry models (SEMs) are more likely to achieve sustained improvements in wait times for scheduled health services, as proven by countries that have successfully implemented their use. However, the impact of single-entry on health and health systems has not been well demonstrated.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Manitoba Health implemented a SEM, the "Winnipeg Central Intake Service" (WCIS), to better manage patients waiting for hip and knee replacement. Presenters will discuss the context and motivation for introducing SEM in Winnipeg, results of their evaluation, critical success factors and experiences of stakeholders from across the continuum of care.


  • Dr. Deborah Marshall, Canada Research Chair in Health Services and Systems Research; Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary.
  • Zaheed Damani, MD/PhD Candidate in the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary.
  • Dr. Eric Bohm, orthopaedic surgeon, Medical Director of the Winnipeg Central Intake Service and Director of Health System Performance at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (University of Manitoba).
  • Brie DeMone, Executive Director of Acute, Tertiary and Specialty Care for Manitoba Health, past Executive Director of Health System Innovation (Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors), and past Director of the Waiting Times Task Force (Manitoba Health).
  • Dr. Brock Wright, Senior Vice-President Clinical Services for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

October 2014 – Get Checked Online: Integrating knowledge translation in the scale-up of BC's internet-based testing program for STIs

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Delivering clinical services over the internet is both innovative and inevitable, and signal paradigm shifts within the Canadian health care system, under broader e-Health strategies. In BC, Get Checked Online - an internet-based testing program for sexually transmitted infections – has just launched, which provides a patient-centered, convenient and confidential approach to reduce barriers to testing. While proof-of-concept projects in other jurisdictions have demonstrated that these testing approaches have merit, the evidence to warrant widespread adoption does not yet exist – a "catch 22" that mandates research be integrated at all stages of development, implementation and scale-up of this intervention.

This presentation will describe our ongoing program of research to inform the development and evaluation of Get Checked Online, which is fundamentally based on an integrated knowledge translation approach between program leaders and researchers at the BC Centre for Disease Control and the University of British Columbia, working with key community, public health, and laboratory partners at local, provincial and national levels.


  • Mark Gilbert, MD
    Online Sexual Health Services, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
  • Jean Shoveller, PhD
    School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

June 2014 – Knowledge Translation Tools: Evidence-Informed Health Care Renewal (EIHR) Portal

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If you are a policy analyst, health system decision-maker, researcher, student or journalist, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to discover a “one-stop-shop” to access the latest health care renewal evidence.

The Evidence-Informed Health Care Renewal Portal (EIHR Portal) is a comprehensive repository containing 25 types of health care renewal documents. This includes situation analyses, jurisdictional reviews and health system data across priority areas identified by Canadian federal, provincial and territorial governments such as information and communication technology, performance indicators and research innovation.

Hear from researchers, funders and knowledge users about how this resource is changing the landscape of knowledge translation and policy development across the country.


  • Dr. John Lavis, Professor and Director, McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University
  • Barbara J. Smith, Senior Policy Analyst, Research, Library Services and Knowledge Translation, British Columbia Ministry of Health
  • Gayle Scarrow, Knowledge Translation Manager, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

May 2014 – Performance Anxiety: Can performance measurement and reporting help improve Canadian health care?

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Performance measurement is used for a variety of purposes, and generally enables health care professionals, researchers, policy makers and the broader health system make better decisions that improve quality of care. In Canada, multiple jurisdictions have implemented and are expanding their use of performance measurement and reporting activities. This webinar will uncover promising approaches and tools to improve health care performance measurement and reporting across Canada. Further, we’ll review how much progress has really been made to date, and how to leverage current knowledge and expertise in this area to maximize our efforts.


  • Sabrina Wong (RN, PhD), Faculty, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
  • Victoria Lee, MD, CCFP, FRCPC, Medical Health Officer, Fraser Health Authority
  • Jeannie Haggerty, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University

May 2014 – Pharmacare in Canada: Lessons learned from abroad & Implications for the Canadian health care system

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All developed countries with universal health care systems provide universal coverage for prescription drugs – except Canada1 where Prescription drug financing varies widely from province to province. This webinar will provide an overview of the Canadian landscape of pharmacare policy and will compare it with international policies – including: the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. Research and discussions will span issues concerning access, system efficiency, financing and equity. Challenges facing policy makers in advancing this important issue will be addressed along with suggestions for next steps.


  • Steve Morgan, Director, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
    Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
  • Matthew Brougham, Vice-President, Products and Services, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH).

March 2014 – Improving Care for People with Multiple Chronic Health Conditions

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Access key messages: Designing Integrated Approaches to Support People with Multimorbidity in Ontario [ PDF (1.23 MB) ].

Our speakers will explore the research on the growing prevalence of multimorbidity in Canada. This includes the complexity of living with and treating multimorbidity and the necessary shift in health systems to better integrate care for people with multiple chronic health conditions.Learn of Ontario’s innovative new model of care --- providing new resources and solutions for people with multiple chronic health conditions, and setting new expectations around what it means to deliver coordinated, effective and efficient care.


  • Michael Wilson, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics/Assistant Director, McMaster Health Forum - McMaster University
  • Michael Hillmer, Director of Planning, Research and Analysis Branch at Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

November 2013 – Physician Engagement and Leadership for Health System Improvement

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Physician leadership and physician engagement are essential elements of high-performing health care systems and contribute to improved quality and patient safety. This webinar highlights new leadership modalities (e.g. dyads of physician and manager leaders and other forms of distributed leadership) and processes (e.g. physician "compacts") that are fostering what some refer to as "organized professionalism." Strategies for successful physician leadership and engagement and critical success factors for change management approaches will be shared.


  • G. Ross Baker, Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Jean-Louis Denis, Professor & Chaire de recherche du Canada sur la gouvernance et la transformation des organisations et systèmes de santé, École Nationale d'Administration Publique
  • Brad Havervold, Executive Director, Workforce Planning Branch, Saskatchewan Ministry of Health

November 2013 – Coordinating the Use of Genetic Tests and Related Health Services

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Advances in genetic testing have opened up new possibilities in patient care that were not previously envisioned in earlier decades. Demands for genetic tests are quickly increasing, adding to the resource pressures on the current health care system. What are the issues? How can these new technologies and services be managed in this new era to optimize patient care while managing costs? This webinar highlights British Columbia's work in this area and features the results of a recent synthesis of the evidence.


  • Michael Wilson, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics/Assistant Director, McMaster Health Forum - McMaster University
  • Heather Davidson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Planning and Innovation Division, British Columbia Ministry of Health
  • John Andruschak, Vice President, Lower Mainland Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Provincial Health Services Authority

October 2013 – Paying for Health Care in the 21st Century: Hospitals and Beyond

Governments across Canada are taking a closer look at how hospitals are funded with a view to addressing growing health care costs, and providing better quality patient care. Join us for this webinar to learn about some of the leading research underway in innovative new funding models and hear about new funding policies being implemented in provinces like Ontario – setting new expectations around hospital performance and quality of care.

The elements of hospital funding models such as "activity-based funding", "P4P" and new models bridging hospital services and the continuum of care such as "bundled payments" will be explored on this webinar.


  • Jason Sutherland, Assistant Professor, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, University of British Columbia
  • Erik Hellsten, Senior Specialist, Health Quality Ontario
  • Michael Stewart, Project Lead, Quality Alignment to Payment, Health Quality Branch Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Karen Palmer, Adjunct Professor, Faculties of Health Sciences and Science, Simon Fraser University

June 2013 – Patient-Reported Health Outcomes Measurement (PROMs)

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Patient-reported outcome measurement (PROMs) plays an increasingly important role in health care as it allows patients to assess the effect and quality of care from their point of view. Data from PROMs represents important information for clinical care (e.g., assessing health status and patient need), quality improvement and evaluation, and research (e.g., studying the effectiveness of an intervention).


  • Stirling Bryan, PhD Director, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
  • Richard Sawatzky, PhD, RN - Canada Research Chair in Patient-Reported Outcomes, Trinity Western University & Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences, Providence Health Care
  • Barbara Korabek, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Health Authorities Division, British Columbia Ministry of Health
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