Dr. Ian Graham awarded $3.3M to tackle the challenge of effectively applying health research to health care

May 11, 2016

The ultimate goal of most health research is for the results to be put into practice. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. In many cases, research findings are applied very slowly to everyday health care or not at all. Failing to put research into action affects patient health and is wasteful of research funding.

Dr. Ian Graham has received a $3.3M Foundation grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to create a program that will help research play a more prominent role in health policy, health systems and clinical decision making. The team, which includes researchers and knowledge users from most of the provinces, wants to find out how to optimize collaborations between researchers and people who use their research. They also want to create conditions where the results will be more likely to influence policy and clinical decision-making.

This is one of 22 CIHR grants awarded to researchers at The Ottawa Hospital / uOttawa in the last competition.

Program leader (PI): ID Graham

Program Research Experts (Co-I): G. Alvarez, D. Banner-Lukaris, I. Botting, J. Brehaut, S. Dunn, A. Gagliardi, W. Gifford, Dr. J. Grimshaw, T. Horsley, M. Kastner, A. Kothari, S. Kreindler, J. Lavis, F. Legare, M. Macleod, J. Mitchell, D. Moher, T. Montini, J. Rycroft-Malone, J. Salsberg, J. Squires, D. Stacey, S. Straus, M. Watson

Program Trainee Research Experts (Co-I): F. Bell, K. Mrklas, T. Nguyen, B. Wood

Program Knowledge User Experts (Co-I): E. Beaupre, K. Connell, J. Edwards, S. Fenton, Q. Hasanaj, B. Holmes, , R. Ives, I. Jones, K. Lee, M. McEvoy, A. Mihalchuk, W. Nicklin, P. Odnokon, S. Permack, S. Rogalski, V. Roman, H. Sabourin, K. Salter, Y. Savoie, G. Scarrow , R. Sheldon, A. Sprague, A. Tang, C. Ulrich, P. Valentine, C. Weise, G. Wells, B. Wright

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