The Health Leadership Academy (HLA) is keen on creating a community of innovators who are dedicated to furthering what it means to be a health leader. Looking locally and abroad, the HLA supports research initiatives which investigate areas of improvement in the current health landscape.
SUCCESSFUL 2016 GRANT RECIPIENTS
µLHIN for Applied eHealth Leadership
Drs. Thomas Doyle, Norm Archer, Reza Samavi, Cynthia Lokker
Development and Launch of the “Dance for Parkinson’s” Application on Microsoft’s Online Store
Dr. Matthew Woolhouse
To date, two versions of the D4P application have been developed; Version #2 is currently being tested in the homes of PD patients in and around the Hamilton region. Funding from the Research RFP Protocol is requested to support development of Version #3 of the D4P application, and prepare it for launch on the online Microsoft Store. (Dr. Woolhouse has recently signed a Title License Agreement with Microsoft, which enables the application to be sold/distributed via the store.) This endeavour requires collaboration between Health Sciences, Business, Science, Engineering and Humanities. A majority of the requested funding targets two main goals: (1) to support three research assistants who will work together to assist in the creation and marketing of Version #3 of the D4P application; and (2) foster knowledge mobilization of the project through a journal publication and conference presentation.
In total, the project timeline spans December 2016 to August 2017. From December 2016 to April 2017, a fully funded pilot study using the current version of the system (Version #2) will be carried out involving 6 participants. Four measurements will evaluate the effectiveness of the system on symptom relief, and neurophysiology: (1) brain-iron content, blood-flow rates, and cortical thinning monitored using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (collaborator: Dr. Michael Noseworthy, Director of the Imaging Research Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare; Faculty of Engineering); (2) mobility and cognitive functioning assessed using the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (collaborator: Dr. Rick Paulseth, Director of the Movement Disorders Clinic, St. Peter’s Hospital; Faculty of Health Sciences); (3) barriers to technology uptake determined via user feedback, including online surveys and face-to-face interviews; and (4) detailed movement benefits investigated using kinematic analysis of limb-body data recorded by the KinectTM camera. The project has ethics clearance (HiREB), enabling the team to work directly with PD patients.
Canada-Norway Research Collaboration on Operationalizing Experience-Drive Innovation through Integration of Peer Support in Health Systems
Drs. Gillian Mulvale, Karl-Johan Johansen, and co-investigators
In Ontario, our recruitment strategy will focus on St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s (SJHH) inpatient, Assertive Community Treatment Teams (ACTT) and outpatient clinic programs. In Norway, we will identify organizations that offer similar programs, including St. Olav’s Hospital Trondheim. Using a combination of focus groups and individual interviews, we will engage PSPs (6-10 in Canada and 4-6 in Norway), and individuals and families receiving peer support (6-10 in Canada and 4-6 in Norway), 5-10 front line staff (e.g. 2 psychiatrists, nursing, allied health professionals) and supervisors associated with each program1. We will also conduct individual interviews with 2-3 policy makers in each jurisdiction (e.g. in Canada the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network) (Table 1). We will tailor the focus group and interview guides to capture the perspectives of each participant type, but will explore common topics including: experience of providing/receiving peer support, barriers and facilitators to effective integration of PSPs46 (e.g. regulatory, funding, payment, organizational policies, team climate, information sharing, peer support and service delivery model) and change management approaches and implementation frameworks adopted. The survey (approx. 30 participants per sub-case) will focus on the influence of team climate on integration and functioning of PSPs.
Unproductive, unprofessional, and abusive behaviors in the clinical workplace: The influence of working environment on the development of future health leaders
Drs. Meredith Vanstone and Catherine Connelly
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