CIHR Project Grant Recipients

Posted on Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The Faculty of Social Sciences is extremely proud of our researchers’ exceptional results from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project grants. Three of the eight proposals submitted to the Project competition were awarded funding for a total of $2.0M, representing a success rate of 37.5%. Two Priority Announcement Grants were also awarded. Below is a brief summary of each project.

This year the University of Ottawa received funding for 10 of 58 submitted projects, representing a success rate of 17.2% for a total of $7.7M over five years. The national success rate is 17.7%.

Louise Bouchard - Sociology and Anthropology

Title: "Les populations aînées francophones en situation minoritaire : conditions de vie, états de santé et expériences de soins en contexte linguistique minoritaire"

Summary: The purpose of this research project is to identify the living conditions of Francophone seniors aged 65 and over who live in a minority situation in Ontario, their health status, and their experience of care and linguistic discordance in the field of long-term care in institutions and at home. It will contribute to a better understanding of the specific needs of this population in order to improve the delivery of more appropriate health services, as promoted by "patient-centred care strategies" and "linguistically competent and culturally appropriate services". This research will provide concrete tools for knowledge mobilization for decision-makers and managers, such as a map that will show information on living conditions at different geographical scales, health conditions, the availability of French language services and a guide to best practices that are linguistically and culturally appropriate.

Ivy Lynn Bourgeault - Sociology and Anthropology

Title: Inclusive, Integrated and Enhanced Data & Digital Infrastructure Platforms for more Timely and Responsive Health Workforce Planning and Decision-Making

Summary: In partnership with a range of key stakeholder organizations, this project aims to develop a publicly accessible, inclusive, interprofessional, cross-jurisdictional, fit-for-purpose Canadian Health Workforce Minimum Data Standard (HW-MDS); and identify a range of strategic implementation pathways for health workforce data stewards to adopt this data standard, respecting unique legal and regulatory contexts.

Cary Kogan - Psychology

Priority Annoucement: Patient-Oriented Research

Title: Comparing the World Health Organization's ICD-11 Clinical Descriptions and Diagnostic Guidelines to the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-5 in clinical settings: Which classification is best for Canadian health care and Canadian health information?

Summary: Canada is considering implementing a single diagnostic system across all levels of the health system. A critical component of diagnosis is the impact to the patient in their journey to wellness. The funding will support a multi-centre collaborative project to strike a lived-experience advisory group that will assist the researchers in developing and testing a standardized patient interview needed to compare two mental disorder classifications. A main focus of this project is to compare the experience of patients receiving diagnoses formulated using the respective classifications in order to determine which system Canada will recommend for implementation at the clinical encounter level.

Giorgio Tasca - Psychology

Title: Improving Patient Mental Health With Psychotherapist Virtual Training: A Practice-Research Network Study

Summary: We will conduct a study to test the effectiveness and acceptability of a virtually-delivered training program for psychotherapists to improve their capacity to identify and repair problems in the therapeutic alliance, including tensions related to patient diversity. This study will reduce the burden of mental illness among Canadians by improving psychotherapist effectiveness.

Giorgio Tasca - Psychology

Priority Announcement: Health Services and Policy Research

Title: Comparing videoconference-based care to in-person care in Canadian community psychotherapy practice: A PPRNet randomized controlled trial.

Summary: We will conduct a study to assess if videoconference delivered psychotherapy is as effective as standard face-to-face therapy in terms of mental health outcomes across a variety of patients seen in real world, community practices. Results of this study will contribute to establish best practices in virtually delivered psychotherapy and to identify avenues for future research.


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