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AHRQ Projects

Every year ICES conducts AHRQ projects that will help inform health care planning, policy and program development. Select a fiscal year below to view ICES AHRQ projects accepted that year.

For each project, the title, project ID, type of response, names of knowledge user and ICES scientist, and project status are provided. For more information on any project or to obtain a copy of the final deliverable, contact ahrq@ices.on.ca

The information is updated on a quarterly basis. Click on the project title to view more information.

Last updated: October 2021

Project ID: 2021-001/2022 0950 119 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Reconnect Community Health Services
ICES Scientist: Refik Saskin
Summary: Reconnect community health services offer specific mental health and seniors’ care services. The knowledge users are interested in understanding whether enrollment into their services reduces the rates of hospital admissions and/or re-admissions, comparing a 12-month period prior to and following enrollment in ACT, ADP, transitional care, and Assisted Living Services. This project will inform decisions for program improvement.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2021-002/2022 0901 319 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Arnprior Regional Health
ICES Scientists: Lise Bjerre, Lesley Plumptre, Rick GlazierMichael Green
Summary: As a response to Covid-19 pandemic, a Virtual Triage and Assessment Center (VTAC) was established in Renfrew County, Ontario. It provided a holistic assessment including testing for Covid-19 infection and assisted patients in accessing primary care and other health care resources available locally. The researchers aim to assess the impact of VTAC on emergency department use and hospitalization in the county, comparing it with the pre-pandemic rates. The evidence gathered from the study will suggest on the continuity of VTAC or similar services in the post-pandemic period in the county as well as in other underserved rural/remote counties across Ontario. It will also emphasize how such services can improve access to primary care and reduce emergency services use for non-urgent care.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2021-003/2022 0950 079 002
A request from an Indigenous community or organization has been accepted.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2021-004/ 2022 0950 118 000
Type of Response: Rapid response
Knowledge User: Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS)
ICES Scientist: Lesley Plumptre
Summary: As part of an ongoing research on the impact of implementing a physician incentive program for developmental screening in Ontario, the knowledge users are interested in studying the proportion of eligible children who received an enhanced 18-month well-baby visit in each Public Health Unit in Ontario and looking at the overall trends in recent years. The results from this exercise will assist MCCSS, Public Health Ontario and the relevant stakeholders in identifying the opportunities to increase the uptake of 18-month visit and offer parenting supports to vulnerable populations in their communities.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2021-005/ 2022 0900 819 002
Type of Response: Research report
Knowledge User: Osteoporosis Canada
ICES Scientists: Susan JaglalLesley Plumptre
Summary: Launched in 2005 by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy (OOS) is a population-based initiative to improve quality of care for osteoporosis by aiming to reduce the burden of morbidity, mortality, and costs from osteoporotic fractures. To evaluate the performance of this initiative, the research team intends to update the indicators related to fracture rates, bone mineral density (BMD) testing and osteoporosis treatment in Ontario and provide comparable indicators for the Fracture Screening and Prevention Program (FSPPP) with recent data. The results will inform decisions for future directions and improvements for this strategy.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2021-006/TBD
Type of Response: Research report
Knowledge User: Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin
ICES Scientist: Salimah Shariff
Summary: The project team is interested in studying the ethnic and geographic composition of immigrants who intended to work in health-related professions, specifically those in nursing related sectors. The results from this study will aid in understanding the potential supply of health and care services workers to the region and will assist in planning health focused labor market policies and plans. It will also highlight the potential contributions the immigrants could make to health care services.
Status: In review


Project ID: 2021-007/TBD
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Ontario Health Teams
ICES Scientists: William Hogg, Lesley Plumptre
Summary: The language of the patient-provider interaction is an important factor in the quality of care and health outcomes. The research team aims to explore the differences in access to care, health service utilization and costs of care between francophone and anglophone Ontarians and factors associated with these outcomes among patients living in the Ottawa East Ontario Health Team catchment area. The team will also study whether French speaking patients are more likely to be diagnosed with Covid 19 than English patients, and if the physician-patient language discordance influences the quality of care and health outcomes of COVID-19. Results from this research will inform the government on the extent that the care is discordant from a language perspective and its impact including the cost for increased consultations, referrals to the emergency room and hospitalizations.
Status: In review


Project ID: 2021-008/ 2022 0950 079 003
A request from an Indigenous community or organization has been accepted.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2021-009/2022 0950 079 004
A request from an Indigenous community or organization has been accepted.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2021-010/ 2022 0950 121 000
Type of Response: Rapid response
Knowledge User: Middlesex-London Health Unit
ICES Scientist: Refik Saskin
Summary: Crystal methamphetamine is a synthetic stimulant that is highly addictive and causes significant physical and psychological harm to its users. In the Middlesex-London region, the use of this substance appears to be on the rise with the rates of hospitalization and emergency department visits higher than the Ontario in the same period. The knowledge users are developing and implementing a local surveillance system to quantify the impact of crystal methamphetamine use in the community. They are interested in knowing the frequency and proportion of patients testing positive for methamphetamine from drug urine samples collected in the hospitals of Middlesex-London region.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2021-011/ 2021 0950 056 002
Type of Response: Rapid response
Knowledge User: Rehabilitative Care Alliance
ICES Scientists: Ruth Hall, Lesley Plumptre
Summary: Since 2015, Rehabilitative Care Alliance has been reporting key system-level indicators related to falls prevention in the community to improve system performance for rehabilitative care services in Ontario. From the recent data available, the knowledge users are interested in studying the frequency of ED visits and re-visits related to falls, and subsequent hospital admissions among community dwelling seniors aged 65 and above. The research will be shared with health service providers in Ontario and will be useful in planning strategies for secondary fall prevention.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2021-012/ 2022 0950 122 000
A request from an Indigenous community or organization has been accepted.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2021-013/ 2022 0950 123 000
Type of Response: Research report
Knowledge User: Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
ICES Scientists: Michael Campitelli, Astrid Guttmann, Paul Kurdyak, Lesley Plumptre
Summary: There is a lack of research evidence to describe the impact that COVID-19 has had on the mental health of vulnerable populations, including people who are in receipt of Ontario Social Assistance. This evaluation will involve the monitoring, over time, of mental health indicators for Ontario residents who are recipients of social assistance and determine any COVID-19 related changes. These results will help inform the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services (MCCSS) on planning mental health-related service delivery and outreach/engagement activities for social assistance recipients.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2021-014/TBD
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Department of Medicine, London Health Sciences Centre
ICES Scientists: Salimah Shariff, Lesley Plumptre
Summary: TBD
Status: In review


Project ID: 2021-015/ 2022 0950 124 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Ministry of Health
ICES Scientist: Lesley Plumptre
Summary: TBD
Status: In review




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