Uncontrolled asthma is not only a burden for sufferers – it’s also a drain on Canadian productivity, even when the people who struggle with it show up for work.
Building strong and long-lasting research partnerships
The Centre for Clinical Epidemiology (C2E2) – one of the major research centres under Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) – officially launches its revamped website in January 2014. The new site offers better communication with the larger research community and highlights C2E2’s dedication to research, training, and knowledge translation that delivers the most effective health care to British Columbians.
A popular combination asthma therapy dogged by safety concerns has not harmed British Columbians and should remain in use, according to researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.
When it comes to treating heart disease, it is unclear whether waiting for surgery is a better choice than having a less invasive procedure done immediately.
“In non-emergency situations, modern medicine offers two alternative strategies for treating multiple arteries: bypass surgery and stenting,” says Dr. Boris Sobolev, health services researcher at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation (C2E2). “In the past, more than one-third of patients needing non-emergency bypass surgery had to wait longer than deemed safe by a doctor.”
The paper "Using Evaluation Theory in Priority Setting and Resource Allocation" by Neale Smith, Craig Mitton, Evelyn Cornelissen, Jennifer Gibson and Stuart Peacock (published in The Journal of Health Organization and Management Volume 26 Issue 5, pages 655-671) has been named "Most Outstanding" paper published in the last year.
Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) are used to collect information from patients about their self-perceived health outcomes and quality of life that is not captured in other common outcome metrics (i.e., morbidity and mortality). This information is important for routine monitoring and ongoing evaluation of healthcare technologies and services.
Kim McGrail, Stirling Bryan and Jennifer Davis have penned the lead article in the latest issue of Healthcare Papers calling for more extensive use of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in Canadian healthcare. Their premise is that improvement depends on information, and more specifically information about outcomes of care. Current outcomes information is limited and tends to focus on measures of failure rather than measures of success. They argue that PROMs must become part of regular data collection in the healthcare system, and offer three recommendations for action.
The project is titled "Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement in the Context of Primary Health Care Reform: A Systematic Review and Expedited Knowledge Synthesis." What are the most effective ways to measure the health outcome changes, as reported by patients themselves, resulting from primary health care reforms? Our emphasis on outcomes as reported by patients themselves is driven by a belief that individual patients are the best judges of their own welfare.
C2E2 Rounds are presented Mondays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in room 700 of the VGH Research Pavilion, 828 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC.
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