Show me the Evidence

Fall 2012
Volume 1, Issue 3

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Welcome to the Third Issue of Show me the Evidence.

What makes a strong, sustainable health care system? Attention to patients and their families; a focus on proven, cost-effective treatments; concern for the well-being of health care workers; and a willingness to collect and use research evidence to improve service delivery.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency. CIHR provides support for investigator-driven health research, but also sets strategic investment priorities to respond to key health and health system challenges. CIHR has established five research priorities for the organization and health research across the country:

  • Enhance patient-oriented care and improve clinical results through scientific and technological innovations.
  • Support a high-quality, accessible and sustainable health care system.
  • Reduce health inequities of Aboriginal people and other vulnerable populations.
  • Prepare for and respond to existing and emerging global threats to health.
  • Promote health and reduce the burden of chronic disease and mental illness.

Show me the Evidence showcases some of the evidence being produced by Canadian health researchers in response to the challenges listed above. In this issue, we report the progress of several researchers who are helping support a high-quality, accessible and sustainable health care system. In Canada and around the world, their research is making a difference. These stories highlight:

  • a new tool to protect health care workers in developing countries from workplace exposure to infectious diseases and other health threats;
  • an innovative program that has drastically altered the service delivery model used to diagnose and treat dementia patients in rural communities; and
  • a new approach for systematically improving the level of care provided to newborns admitted to neonatal intensive care units.

These CIHR-funded research projects have delivered:

  • a 30% reduction in hospital-acquired infections;
  • a model of care used internationally;
  • a tool to protect health care workers; and
  • diagnosis and treatment plans for dementia in a day, not a year.
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