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2017 Annual Report

Mandate The Centre for Applied Health Research will conduct high quality research, engage in knowledge translation, and support St. Joseph's Care Group in the creation of new knowledge relevant to: Addictions, Complex Care, Long Term Care, Mental Health, and Physical Rehabilitation with a particular focus on prevention and treatment issues.

Objectives • Create new knowledge relevant to the organization • Adopt strategies to enhance knowledge translation activities • Support the development of research capacity within the organization • Contribute expertise to facilitate evaluation activities

"Research is a critical and vital element of the work we do at St. Joseph's Care Group. The support and mentorship provided to researchers by the Centre for Applied Health Research (CAHR) is essential to the development of evidence-based clinical practice. The work of CAHR demonstrates one of the ways in which we are delivering on our promise to provide innovative and progressive quality care for our clients." -Tracy Buckler, President & CEO St. Joseph’s Care Group

CAHR Membership CAHR members comprise both St. Joseph Care Group staff and external researchers whose interests align with those of the Care Group. Members are eligible for seed funding (when available) and have access to other forms of support such as project and statistical consultation. Visit the website for more information on becoming a CAHR member.

Alongside all of our members, I am proud to highlight the achievements of the Centre for Applied Health Research (CAHR) over the past year. In 2017, the CAHR continued to expand its foundation, comprising 33 members by the end of the year. Together, CAHR members secured nearly $3.5 million in external research funding, published 28 articles in peer reviewed publications, and presented at 15 national or international conferences.

Message from the

Scientific Director

This year marked the first year that the Employee and Physician Experience Surveys were administered by the CAHR. This shift allowed the organization to collaborate and create a new survey to capture the unique work experiences of employees and physicians at St. Joseph’s Care Group. Importantly this survey fulfills the requirements set forth by Accreditation Canada. As the CAHR continues to gain momentum within the community, it is increasing capacity to support research and evaluation activities, and create and share knowledge relevant to the strategic directions of St. Joseph’s Care Group. We look forward to continued growth over the coming year. Sincerely,

Michel Bédard, PhD

Research forms the backbone of evidence-based clinical practice

Impact by the Numbers The CAHR and its members made a big impression in 2017.

35 K

Presentations at Conferences

Peer-reviewed Publications


3.5 Million

In External Research Funding



Presentations at the CAHR Showcase of Health Research


Total Members

k 31 6

Internal Projects


1066o 986 Client Satisfaction Surveys

Employee & Physician Experience Surveys

Showcase of Health Research 2017 marked the 12th anniversary of the Annual Showcase of Health Research. On February 3, nearly 200 healthcare professionals, students and researchers from a variety of organizations gathered to see 8 oral and 30 poster presentations made by health researchers.

Highlighting our Members is a CIHR New Investigator in workplace disability prevention and accommodation. Dr. Kristman is an associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. She is also an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health.

Dr. Vicki Kristman

“CAHR's annual research showcase is an essential element of CAHR's activities to the local health research community. It provides an opportunity for students, researchers, and community stakeholders to share knowledge and network for future collaboration. Another crucial aspect of CAHR is the opportunity for members' students to apply to the St. Joseph’s Care Group Award in Applied Health - the recipient of this financial award is able to focus their time on health research relevant to the clinical care of the SJCG.”

Dr. Kristman is the supervisor of the 2017-2018 recipient of the St. Joseph’s Care Group Award in Applied Health, Charlotte McEwen.

Jonathan Lawrence is the most recent graduate of the Northern Ontario Heritage

Fund research intern internship program. Jonathan is currently a research assistant at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and has recently been accepted into the Master’s of Public Health Program at Lakehead University.

CAHR Public Annual Report for 2017  
CAHR Public Annual Report for 2017