The CIHR Team in Community Care and Health Human Resources, in partnership with the Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community (CRNCC), held its 3rd Annual Symposium on November 20, 2009, at the University of Toronto. This symposium was designed to share research results with community partners, researchers, and decision makers. Its aim was to encourage conversation and knowledge exchange.
Friday, November 20, 2009 ~ 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (EST)
Follow this link to view the full-day agenda!
Paul Williams & Raisa Deber - Introduction
Robyn Hastie - CIHI: Your Partner in Health Research
The CIHR Team in Community Care and Health Human Resources, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), directed by Raisa Deber and co-directed by A. Paul Williams, is a partnership between researchers (at University of Toronto, Ryerson, Michener, McMaster and University of Ontario Institute of Technology) and community organizations to address the need for better evidence concerning two key elements affecting, and being affected by, the shift of care between hospitals and home/community.
Theme 1: Community Care, addresses the demand side, with a focus on applying the 'balance of care' (BoC) model developed by our international research partner to examine: the extent to which individuals with high care needs who might otherwise be institutionalized can be cared for in the community; and the costs and consequences of various care models for consumers, providers, and health care systems. These have clear implications for access, quality, and cost, as well as for service integration, and the mix of services (and service providers) needed to provide care. The Team has been working closely with LHINS, CCACs, and many community partners, and has some exciting results to report. The presentations will provide an overview of the guiding framework of this research along with specific case examples highlighting the roles of diversity, caregiving, geography, and different care models on 1) enabling older persons to age in their own homes and communities and 2) the implications for the broader health care system.
Theme 2: Health Human Resources, addresses the supply and employment shifts of health professionals, with particular emphasis on: the sub- sectors in which these providers work; the factors affecting the likelihood that they will continue working in their profession; differences by sub-sector in retention ("stickiness") and what workers do; and their training and educational needs. The Team has some exciting results about nursing, anesthesia assistants, OT, PT, and health care managers with more in progress.
We also have a presentation from one of our partners, CIHI, on how researchers can work with them.
Theme 3 is trying to pull the pieces together. Most of this work is in progress, but we do have some good preliminary results for what system factors mean for the implementation of palliative care services; the sub- project here is comparing Canada, the UK, the US, and Germany.