News: Manitoba Researchers Awarded Primary and Integrated Health Care Grants
Announcement: Manitoba Researchers Awarded Primary and Integrated Health Care Grants
MANITOBA – Two research grants have been awarded to research teams led by University of Manitoba researchers with the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI).
The grants, awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Pan-Canadian SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Healthcare Innovations, total more than $275,000. Additional partnership funding is being provided by Research Manitoba.
Dr. Tara Stewart, Researcher with CHI Evaluation and Assistant Professor, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences is a Co-Principal Investigator on a $254,000 grant that will produce a comparative policy analysis of innovations that connect primary health care to social services, public health programs and community supports in Canada. The project involves a collaboration of research teams across eight provinces.
“This analysis will help inform on models for comprehensive management of patients with complex health and social care needs,” explains Stewart. The analysis will compare relevant policies in Canadian provinces and territories, identify publicly supported programs designed to connect across health and social care, and measure service integration design elements and implementation factors. The project received partner funding of $34,000 from Research Manitoba.
Dr. Bhupendrasinh Chauhan, Research Associate and Review Manager with CHI Knowledge Synthesis and Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, received a $25,000 grant for the project “Interventions and Policies Influencing Primary Healthcare Professionals Managing Chronic Diseases: An Evidence Synthesis”.
The project will undertake a systematic review of existing literature to evaluate interventions and policies influencing primary health-care professionals, and the evidence that exists to inform patient-centred medical home model to better manage patients with chronic diseases.
“Findings and insights from the project will be translated into evidence-based recommendations and shared with stakeholders who can further translate the findings to relevant policies to bring real practice change,” says Dr. Chauhan. Dr. Ryan Zarychanski, Associate Director with CHI Knowledge Synthesis and Assistant Professor/Clinician-Scientist College of Medicine, is a Co-Principal Investigator. The project received matching funds of $25,000 from Research Manitoba, the University of Manitoba Rady Faculty of Health Sciences’ College of Pharmacy, and the Saskatoon Health Research Foundation.
“Both research projects are the product of a network-approach, with each bringing together a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary team to address questions that are relevant to primary and integrated care” explains Dr. Gayle Halas, Director of Manitoba’s Primary and Integrated Healthcare Innovation Network (MPN) and Assistant Professor, Max Rady College of Medicine. “We are very excited about the upcoming work of these researchers who are not only working within Manitoba, but across several provinces”.
MPN works collaboratively with CHI which also functions as Manitoba’s CIHR Support for Patient-Oriented Research SUPPORT Unit.