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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

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CHEPA researchers have helped shape Canada’s health system for more than a quarter-century. They continue that tradition today, investigating pressing issues such as the relationship between doctors’ pay and health system costs; ethical concerns related to who gets what care and who has a say in it, and whether evidence supports the health decisions being made.

The centre was founded in 1988 by a group of health economics and health policy analysis pioneers -  Greg Stoddart, Jonathan Lomas, Roberta Labelle, David FeenyGeorge Torrance and Amiram Gafni - to be a multidisciplinary centre with research, teaching and service activities that provide timely and relevant evidence to inform policy-making at all levels of the health-care system.

It continues this tradition today, working at the intersection of the health and social sciences, evaluating how Ontario’s health system is performing and supporting the development of policies to enhance the system’s effectiveness and sustainability. Evidence about what works and what could be improved derives from the study of how well policies achieve their objectives and the consideration of values such as fairness and patient-centredness.

Using the tools of economics, sociology, political science and ethics, CHEPA researchers address issues such as:

  • Explaining and measuring the factors that cause social inequalities in health.
  • Finding the best ways to pay health-care providers and manage human resources to achieve higher quality and better outcomes for the money spent.
  • Researching the best methods for assessing new health technologies and treatments, as well as the social implications of these methods.
  • Assessing the roles of values and ethical considerations in health policy.
  • Using public and community engagement to learn about the health system.
  • Finding ways to support evidence-informed policymaking.

CHEPA’s knowledge exchange program, which uses multiple strategies for communicating and sharing information, ensures the knowledge generated through the work of its members is effectively communicated to health system decision-makers and other stakeholders. Collaboration with those who use the research ensures that CHEPA’s work meets the specific needs of these individuals and groups. Complementary initiatives, such as a rapid-response evidence service and training, enables health system leaders to identify and act on evidence and values in a timely way.

  • Palliative care in humanitarian crises zones

    Lisa SchwartzResearch by CHEPA's Dr. Lisa Schwartz and members of the Humanitarian Health Ethics (HHE) research group on palliative care needs in crisis zones was featured recently in an article published for World Humanitarian Day on August 19.

    Schwartz, who holds McMaster's Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics, notes that some patients can't be saved by rescuers in humanitarian crises.

    The group's research revealed a need to develop guidelines and training aimed at better preparing humanitarian health care teams for palliative care needs in the field. To read the article, click here.
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  • New research seeks to identify effective ways to improve road safety for seniors, cyclists

    Michel Grignon

    The effectiveness of interventions geared to helping municipal and provincial governments improve road safety for cyclists and pedestrians – particularly seniors – is the focus of new research to be led by former CHEPA director Michel Grignonfunded by a one-year $40,000 MIRA/Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) Catalyst Grant.

    Walking is both an important source of physical activity and a primary mode of transportation for many seniors, who are also the main victims of collisions involving pedestrians. Better access to safer streets and sojourning improves mobility, social life and interactions, which leads to a healthier lifestyle, autonomy, social capital, and a better quality of life.

    Other CHEPA members involved in the research as co-investigators are Emmanuel Guindon and Jean-Éric Tarride. Additional co-investigators are Niko Yiannakoulias, Faculty of Science (Geography), Tara Marshall, Faculty of Social Sciences (Health, Aging & Society; Social psychology) and Mohamed Hussein, Faculty of Engineering(Civil Engineering).

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CHEPA News

To read the CHEPA newsletter, click here.

CHEPA Seminar Series

CHEPA sponsors a regular series of seminars during the academic year presented by invited speakers. These will resume on September 18, 2019, when Dr. Iwona Bielska, CIHR Health System Impact Postdoctoral Fellow, will present research on "High users of the Emergency Department (ED) and factors affecting patient ED wait times within Southern Ontario." It will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in room CRL-B119. For information about future seminars, click here.

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