Themes:

Accessibility and System Navigation

The theme - System Navigation - refers to an individual or a team engaging in activities such as: facilitating access and removing barriers to health-related programs and services for patients/families and caregivers; facilitating continuity of care; and effective and efficient use of the health care system for patients/families, caregivers and practitioners.

 

Reference: The Change Foundation. (2013). Health System Navigators: Band-Aid or Cure? A Primer with reflections from the Change Foundation's PANORAMA Panel. Toronto, ON: The Change Foundation

Research Funding

Contributing to, and Learning from, the Lives of Older Adults: Practical learning experiences in the care of older adults as trained community volunteers for health care

Health TAPESTRY (Health Teams Advancing Patient Experience: Strengthening Quality) is a community-based approach, centered in primary care, which aims to promote optimal aging through four...

 Active

 2016-2017

Co-Primary Investigator

TAPESTRY: Teams Advancing Patient Experience: Strengthening Quality

Health TAPESTRY works to help people stay healthier for longer in the places where they live. The health goals of our clients are the basis for engaging people in meaningful ways. We are doing this...

 Active

 2013-2016

Co-Investigator

Home & Community Care with a focus on transitions between institutional and community care settings. Ontario SPOR Support Unit – IMPACT Award Home & Community Care

This is a pragmatic effectiveness-implementation trial to evaluate a hospital-to-home transitional care intervention compared to usual care for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and...

 Active

 Feb. 1, 2016- Sept. 30, 2016

Co-Investigator

Scholarly Work

A Canadian application of EUGENIE – a web-based application to support high older adult users of emergency rooms to access community health and social services assisted by trained primary health care volunteers

EU-GENIE is an online tool that volunteers can use with clients. It can help them describe their support network and can link them to relevant local community resources that are tailored to the interests of the client.

 Completed

Projects

A Protocol for a Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial Using the Health Teams Advancing Patient Experience: Strengthening Quality (Health TAPESTRY) Platform Approach to Promote Person-centred Primary Health Care for Older Adults

The objective of this study is to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of the Health Teams Advancing Patient Experience: Strengthening Quality (Health TAPESTRY) approach in older adults.

 Completed

Articles

Advanced Practice Nursing: A Strategy for Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Universal Access to Health

This paper examines advanced practice nursing (APN) roles internationally to inform role development in Latin America and the Caribbean to support universal health coverage and universal access to health.

 Completed

Articles

An Environmental Scan of Health and Social System Navigation Services in an Urban Canadian Community

Systems navigation services provided by a designated provider or team have the potential to address health and social disparities. We conducted an environmental scan of navigation activities in a large urban Canadian community to identify and describe: service providers who engage in systems navigation; the clients who require systems navigation support and the issues they face; activities involved; and barriers and facilitators in providing systems navigation support to clients.

 Completed

Articles

Brokering for the Primary Health Care Needs of Recent Immigrant Families in Atlantic, Canada

This case study describes how broker organizations supported a network of community-based services to work together to address the primary healthcare needs of recent immigrant families with young children.

 Completed

Articles

Competence Trust Among Providers as Fundamental to a Culturally Competent Primary Health Care System for Immigrant Families

The aim was to explore how an organization's trust in the cultural competency of other service providers (competence trust) can influence the effectiveness of a services network in meeting the needs of recent immigrant families.

 Completed

Articles

Implementation and maintenance of patient navigation programs linking primary care with community-based health and social services: a scoping literature review

This paper fills a gap in knowledge to reveal what is known about motivators and factors influencing implementation and maintenance of patient navigation programs in primary care that link patients to community-based health and social services. It also reports on outcomes from these studies to help identify gaps in research that can inform future studies.

 Completed

Articles

Invited Member of the Working Group for the Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-term Care Primary Health Care Planning Group: Working Group 2: Strengthening Primary Care Access

Invited Working Group Member: Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-term Care Primary Health Care Planning Group: Working Group 2: Strengthening Primary Care Access. The report was completed August 2011.

 Completed

Committees

Optimizing Registered Nurse Roles in the Delivery of Cancer Survivorship Care within Primary Care Settings

To address increasing pressures for cancer survivorship care, provincial cancer agencies have introduced new models of post-treatment follow-up involving earlier transition of cancer survivors back to primary care (PC) providers. It is unknown how nurses in PC settings have responded to this practice change. The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to examine registered nurses' (RNs) perspectives of the strengths, gaps, barriers and opportunities for optimizing nursing roles in the delivery of cancer survivorship care within PC settings.

 Completed

Articles

Students

Picture Name Degree Ruta's Role Thesis Topic More Info
Jennifer Nicholl Jennifer Nicholl MScN Supervisor Community Nurse Networker, A Priority Neighbourhood Pilot More Info.
Kristina Chang Kristina Chang MScN Supervisory Committee Member Home & Community Care with a focus on transitions between institutional and community care settings (Ontario) More Info.
Maneet Chahal Maneet Chahal MScN Supervisory Committee Member Community mental health services for East Indian immigrant families in Peel Region More Info.
Janice Feather Janice Feather MScN Supervisory Committee Member A Narrative Exploration of a Nurse Navigator Role in Primary Care More Info.