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AHRQ Projects

Every year, ICES conducts Applied Health Research Question (AHRQ) projects that help inform health care planning, policy and program development of Ontario’s health care system. 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 the Knowledge User and ICES scientist(s), 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: November 2022

Project ID: 2022-001/TRIM TBD
Type of Response: Research report
Knowledge User: Ministry of Health
ICES Scientist: N/A
Summary: N/A
Status: Referred


Project ID: 2022-002/ 2023 0950 136 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: North York General Hospital
ICES Scientist: Lesley Plumptre
Summary: The information generated by this AHRQ will be used to inform policy and funding decisions regarding the broader implementation of virtual follow-up care after emergency department visits in Ontario. Recognizing that funding to support the pilot programs is temporary, the main goal is to evaluate these initiatives to help inform provincial policy decisions on how to best structure and support virtual follow-up care moving forward in a sustainable manner. The project seeks to determine where there are differences in healthcare utilization, healthcare costs and outcomes for patients using NYGHs virtual emergency department follow-up program compared to patients receiving usual post-discharge care following an emergency department visit?
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2022-003/ 2023 0950 140 000
Type of Response: Research report
Knowledge User: Rehabilitative Care Alliance
ICES Scientist: Lesley Plumptre
Summary: The Rehab Care Alliance is asking for access to the bundled care data to inform updated best practices of orthopaedic rehabilitative care; support discussions with provincial stakeholders about opportunities for quality improvement across orthopaedic bundled care cases; and inform opportunities for improvement in data collection and reporting processes.
Status: On hold


Project ID: 2022-004/TRIM N/A
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Ontario Health
ICES Scientist: N/A
Summary: N/A
Status: Withdrawn by knowledge user


Project ID: 2022-005/ 2023 0950 138 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Ministry of Health
ICES Scientists: Audrey Laporte and Refik Saskin
Summary: The purpose of this research program is to empirically investigate the impact of Scope of Practice (SoP) changes relating to the pharmacists’ immunization authority on the Ontario health care system.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2022-006/TRIM N/A
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Department of Surgery, Hôpital Montfort
ICES Scientist: N/A
Summary: N/A
Status: Referred


Project ID: 2022-007/ 2023 0950 125 001
Type of Response: Research report
Knowledge User: City of Toronto, Transportation Services
ICES Scientists: Alison MacPherson and Refik Saskin
Summary: In the spring of 2020, the City of Toronto engaged in the largest expansion of the City’s cycling infrastructure to date, adding 40 km of cycling infrastructure, including 22 km of cycle tracks. The city is interested in evaluating the effectiveness of the recent cycle tracks expansion on bicycle and pedestrian injuries in the city of Toronto.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2022-008/ 2023 0950 139 000
Type of Response: Research report
Knowledge User: Ministry of Health
ICES Scientists: Michael Schull, Michael Paterson, and Douglas Lee
Summary: Ad hoc reports suggest that patients undergoing cardiac surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic have been at greater than usual short-term mortality risk. This AHRQ will compare the characteristics and outcomes of patients undergoing cardiac surgery before versus during the pandemic.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2022-009/ 2023 0950 141 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU)
ICES Scientist: Refik Saskin
Summary: The data obtained will be used by Chronic Disease Prevention Program Manager, in consultation with an Associate Medical Officer of Health and Epidemiologist, as part of operational planning for 2023.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2022-010/2023 0950 103 001
Type of Response: Research report
Knowledge User: Ontario Provincial Network Developmental Services
ICES Scientists: Yona Lunsky and Lesley Plumptre
Summary: This is a focused report evaluating the impacts of COVID-19 on adults with developmental disabilities, specifically have been tested for COVID-19 and where outbreaks are occuring. Information from this report will be used in our regions and our agencies to resource care appropriately, and to prioritize which individuals need increased supports. We can also use this information in our interactions with our local hospitals and public health units, as well as with the Ontario Health Teams.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2022-011/2023 0950 056 003
Type of Response: Research report
Knowledge User: Rehabilitative Care Alliance
ICES Scientist: Lesley Plumptre
Summary: This is a FY2022/23 update of 2019 0950 056 000. RCA is reporting performance on key system-level indicators related to falls prevention in the community - ED visits for falls, repeat ED visits for falls, and inpatient admission, post ED visit for fall among community dwelling seniors (65+) for quality improvement provincially.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2022-012/TRIM N/A
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Alliance for Healthier Communities
ICES Scientist: Merrick Zwarenstein
Summary: N/A
Status: Declined


Project ID: 2022-014/TRIM N/A
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: McMaster Children’s Hospital
ICES Scientist: N/A
Summary: N/A
Status: Declined


Project ID: 2022-015/TRIM N/A
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: London Health Sciences Centre
ICES Scientist: N/A
Summary: N/A
Status: Declined


Project ID: 2022-017/TRIM TBD
Type of Response: Research report
Knowledge User: Peel Public Health-Population Health Assessment, Public Health Intelligence
ICES Scientist: Refik Saskin
Summary: TBD
Status: In review




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