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It’s in the DNA

Like threads in woven fabric, patient engagement is becoming firmly entrenched at The Ottawa Hospital. “It is becoming part of the hospital’s DNA,” says Dean Fergusson, head of the Ottawa Methods Centre, OSSU’s Scientific co-Lead and a key advocate for…

Ottawa: a patient partnership engine

An OR Black Box® to improve surgical outcomes, a patient navigator for Francophones and a matchmaking service for researchers and patient partners show that Ottawa is ’walking the talk’ in patient partnership in research. Home to two OSSU Research Centres…

A matchmaker at CHEO

A matchmaker between researchers and community members is how Michelle Quinlan describes her role at CHEO. Since November 2017, Michelle has been the inaugural Research Family Leader Program Co-ordinator, a position created by the Ontario Child Health Support Unit (OCHSU),…

Out-of-the-box thinking

An innovative project that brings aviation expertise to the operating room engaged patients from start to finish to ensure success. Just like on airplanes, The Ottawa Hospital now has a “black box” in a surgical operating room that records conversations,…

Blood cancer trials benefit from patients’ lived experience

How can researchers ensure that a clinical trial will be successful? Embedding people with lived experience in the trial design may be the roadmap to follow. “Taking a new discovery from bench-to-bedside is extremely challenging and most early or first-in-human…

Call for Poster Presentations

The Chiefs of Ontario (COO), in partnership with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Services (ICES) and Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR), is pleased to issue a call for poster presentations for a symposium entitled: Developing a Community-Driven First…

OSSU’s Aboriginal Working Group

By Wayne Warry, PhD Co-Chair, Aboriginal Working Group As distinct cultures within the Canadian mosaic, Aboriginal peoples—the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada—have the right to own, protect and control how information about them, including health information gathered…

HSPRN Launches Call for Home and Community Care IMPACT Awards

The Health System Performance Research Network (HSPRN) has launched a call for proposals for IMPACT Awards targeted at Home and Community Care. The purpose of the award is to serve as a focal point to bring research expertise together with input…