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Patient engagement

An increasing number of patients and family members are collaborating with health researchers on their research projects. Patient partners help ensure that research is relevant to patients, making it more likely to improve care. 

Known as patient engagement in research, The Ottawa Hospital is leading the way in this emerging practice, with the help of the Ottawa Methods Centre and the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research Program

This page includes selected news stories about patient engagement, links to researchers working in this area and related resources. Learn more below.

Research News


Nothing about me, without me: Engaging patients in clinical trials
August 13, 2021 - It seems obvious – blindingly so – that patients, traditionally the subjects of clinical trials, should be involved as partners from the beginning. The benefits for patients are clear – an increased sense of control and the ability to learn about the
Research study to improve patient care during pandemic
March 17, 2021 - Meagan Gordon spent much of her high-risk twin pregnancy confined to a room at our hospital to keep her and her babies safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, she's helping our researchers improve care.
New scientist profile: Dr. Darine El-Chaâr aims to help pregnant parents and their babies
March 10, 2021 - Dr. Darine El-Chaâr’s research focuses on three areas: increasing breast/chestfeeding among patients with diabetes, cannabis use in pregnancy, and COVID-19 in pregnancy.
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Researchers


Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Alvarez, Gonzalo
MD, MPH, FRCPC
Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Infectious disease, Lung disease, Population health, Tuberculosis Clinical research, Patient engagement
Boet, Sylvain
MD, PhD
Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
COVID-19 Anesthesiology, Behaviour, Clinical trials, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient engagement, Psychology, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Surgery, Systematic reviews, Translational research
Breau, Rodney
MD
Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Cancer, Kidney disease, Prostate cancer Clinical decision rules, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Imaging, Patient decision aids, Patient engagement, Quality Improvement, Surgery, Systematic reviews, Transfusions
Brehaut, Jamie
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Behaviour, Health professional behaviour change, Health services research, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient decision aids, Patient engagement, Psychology, Psychometrics, Qualitative methods, Shared decision making, Surveys
Carrier, Marc
MD, MSc, FRCPC
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Cancer, Thrombosis / thromboembolism Clinical research, Patient engagement
Castellucci, Lana
MD, FRCPC, MSc
Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Thrombosis / thromboembolism Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Critical care, Patient engagement, Systematic reviews, Transfusions
Chen, Innie
MD, MPH, FRCSC
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Health equity, Population health, Pregnancy, Women's health Clinical research, Epidemiology, Health research methods, Patient engagement, Quality Improvement, Systematic reviews
Cowan, Juthaporn
MD, PhD, FRCPC
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Autoimmune disease, COVID-19, Infectious disease Immunization, Immunotherapy, Patient engagement
English, Shane
MD
Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
COVID-19, Septic shock, Subarachnoid hemorrhage, Traumatic brain injury Clinical research, Critical care, Patient engagement
Fergusson, Dean
PhD, MHA, FCAHS
Program Director and
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Cancer, COVID-19, Kidney disease, Septic shock, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Clinical trials, Health services research, Health technology, Patient engagement, Pragmatic trials, Surveys, Translational research, Biostatistics, Clinical research, Cluster randomized trials, Cohort studies, Critical care, Health research methods, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Systematic reviews, Transfusions
Graham, Ian
MA, PhD, FCAHS
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient engagement
Grimshaw, Jeremy
MBCHB, PHD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
COVID-19 Behaviour, Cluster randomized trials, Health professional behaviour change, Health research methods, Health services research, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient engagement, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Surveys, Systematic reviews
Hatcher, Simon
BSc MBBS MMedSc MD FRCPC FRANZCP MRCPsych
Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Anxiety, Brain and neuromuscular disease, COVID-19, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health, Mental health, Traumatic brain injury, Depression, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Suicide Clinical research, Health economics, Health professional behaviour change, Health research methods, Health services research, Health technology, Patient engagement, Prevention, Qualitative methods, Clinical trials, Cluster randomized trials, Epidemiology, Psychology, Systematic reviews
Kekre, Natasha
BSc, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Blood cancer, Cancer Cancer biotherapeutics, Cancer immunotherapy, Cell therapy, Clinical trials, Epidemiology, Immunotherapy, Patient engagement, Stem cells, Translational research, Transplantation, Viral therapy
Lalu, Manoj
MD, PhD, FRCPC
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Blood cancer, COVID-19, Heart disease, Stroke, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Anesthesiology, Basic research, Cell therapy, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Disease models, Health research methods, Model organisms, Patient engagement, Regenerative medicine, Stem cells, Translational research
Le Gal, Gregoire
MD, PhD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Thrombosis / thromboembolism Clinical decision rules, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Epidemiology, Patient engagement, Peri-operative medicine
McIntyre, Lauralyn
MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Septic shock Cell therapy, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Critical care, Patient engagement, Pragmatic trials, Stem cells, Transfusions, Translational research
McIsaac, Daniel
MD, MPH, FRCPC
Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Aging, Frailty, Health in older peoples, Pain, Population health Anesthesiology, Artificial intelligence and data science, Big data, Biostatistics, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Digital and mobile health, Epidemiology, Health services research, Patient engagement, Peri-operative medicine, Public health, Quality Improvement, Risk assessment, Surgery, Systematic reviews
Moher, David
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Journalology, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient engagement, Quality Improvement, Rapid reviews, Systematic reviews
Pakhale, Smita
MD, FRCPC, MSc (Epi & Biostat)
Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
COVID-19, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health, Health equity, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Lung disease, Sickle cell anemia Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health economics, Health promotion, Health services research, Patient engagement, Pragmatic trials, Public health, Quality Improvement
Presseau, Justin
PhD
Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
COVID-19 Artificial intelligence and data science, Patient engagement, Psychometrics, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Behaviour, Psychology, Health professional behaviour change, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Health promotion, Cluster randomized trials, Surveys
Seely, Jean
MDCM, FRCPC
Clinician Investigator
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Breast cancer, Cancer, Health equity, Population health, Women's health Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Health technology, Imaging, Patient engagement, Public health, Quality Improvement, Surgery
Stacey, Dawn
RN, PhD, CON(C)
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Clinical research, Clinical trials, Health professional behaviour change, Health research methods, Health services research, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient decision aids, Patient engagement, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Shared decision making, Surveys, Systematic reviews
Taljaard, Monica
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Biostatistics, Clinical decision rules, Clinical trials, Cluster randomized trials, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health professional behaviour change, Health research methods, Health services research, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient engagement, Quality Improvement
Thavorn, Kednapa
BPharm, MPharm, PhD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Cancer, COVID-19, Diabetes, Gastrointestinal disease, Glaucoma, Global health, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Health in older peoples, HIV, Immigrant and refugee health, Population health, Septic shock, Stroke, Thrombosis / thromboembolism, Vision Clinical research, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health economics, Health research methods, Health services research, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient engagement, Pharmacy, Public health, Quality Improvement, Systematic reviews
Tugwell, Peter
O.C., MD, FRCPC
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Arthritis, Chronic disease, Global health, Population health Clinical research, Epidemiology, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient engagement, Public health, Systematic reviews