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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, title, project ID, type of response, the name of the knowledge user, ICES scientist and 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: August 2020

Project ID: 2019-001/2021 0950 079 000
A request from an Indigenous community or organization has been accepted.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-002/2021 0950 080 000
Type of Response: Research Report or technical brief
Knowledge User: Ontario Health
ICES Scientists: Michael Paterson, Jeff Kwong, Susan Bronskill, Astrid Guttmann, Michael Schull
Summary: As part of ICES’ commitment to contribute to the provincially coordinated COVID19 Pandemic Command Table, real time feeds of data on COVID-19 have been requested on several indicators including diagnostic and demographic characteristics, geographic distribution, and health outcomes associated with the virus. These data will serve high value for emergency health services planning and prevention, both for the current response to COVID-19 and future planning efforts.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-005/2021 0900 877 002
Type of Response: Research Report or technical brief
Knowledge User: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
ICES Scientists: Paul Kurdyak, Michael Paterson
Summary: This data request seeks a refresh of an existing dataset depicting suicide among Sunnybrook patients. The Knowledge User will collect information on patients’ interactions within Sunnybrook to help develop a hospital-based quality improvement initiative aimed at suicide prevention. The initial dataset, acquired via a prior AHRQ (2016), was utilized for this same purpose, for which a refresh is required to understand past efforts and future improvements needed. Evidence will be used by certain groups within the Sunnybrook leadership team to interpret and develop further opportunities for suicide prevention initiatives.
Status: Completed


Project ID: 2020-007/2021 0950 086 000
Type of Response: Research Report or technical brief
Knowledge User: Ministry of Health
ICES Scientists: Michael Paterson
Summary: The Knowledge User of this project is investigating the impact of COVID-19 on the economic activity in the health sector. Using aggregate data that measures health care service use such as physician billing codes, emergency visits, and long-term care visits, the requestor will develop near-term economic scenarios and recovery from COVID-19 by industry. This use of economic forecasting will aim to provide timelines with regards to expected recovery of the health care sector, and to measure activity and change within the sector as a result of COVID-19.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-009/2021 0950 104 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Canadian Pediatric Society
ICES Scientist: Lesley Plumptre
Summary: A qualitative study by the Canadian Pediatric Society seeks to identify the number of individuals aged 0-18 with diabetes using sub-LHIN geographic indicators for quality improvement purposes. Using the Ontario Diabetes Dataset to identify children with type 1 diabetes, the Knowledge User will examine how provincial policy on the care of these children has been implemented across schools in Ontario. The data will be used to create a provincial map identifying pockets where there are high numbers of children with type 1 diabetes. As well, the research evidence will be used to address barriers in schools by way of advocacy, adapting current resources, and developing new guidelines and tools to better serve the target population.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-010/2021 0950 090 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Ministry of Health
ICES Scientists: Michael Paterson
Summary: The provincial government is exploring how to support care for patients outside the emergency department. The proposed alternative models to care would allow non-emergent patients to be transported to other health care settings more suited to their needs. Through a phased pilot approach, patients whose medical needs can be addressed by community-based care will be transported by paramedics to non-ED/hospital health care facilities. Evaluative evidence for the safety, effectiveness and cost-benefit perspectives will be provided to inform the Ministry’s decision making on permanent implementation.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-011/2021 0950 082 000
Type of Response: Research report or technical brief
Knowledge User: Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
ICES Scientists: Lesley Plumptre, Refik Saskin
Summary: The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is investigating the impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities. Using the OLIS dataset, the MCCSS will inform the provincial COVID-19 Command Table and Vulnerable Populations Sub-Table. This evidence will provide a more comprehensive picture on the communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, such as seniors, women, and those living in low-income neighbourhoods. Research evidence will be used to better address the needs of such populations.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-011/2021 0950 082 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Ontario Medical Association
ICES Scientists: Lesley Plumptre
Summary: To assess COVID-19 outbreaks among physician and patient networks, the Ontario Medical Association will conduct analyses on the impact of physician personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages in the province. Certain demographic and individual characteristics on physicians in Ontario will be collected for the purposes of examining how the risk of physicians and their patients contracting COVID-19 varies with the availability of PPE. Eventual research evidence will be shared with major stakeholders and used for future planning of PPE reserves and the development of policies surrounding the appropriate use and conservation of PPE.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-013 2021 0950 083 000
Type of Response: Research report or technical brief
Knowledge User: Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority
ICES Scientists: Susan Bronskill
Summary: The Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority has requested a near real-time list of retirement homes with the number of COVID-19 diagnostic tests completed and number of case positives. These data will be used to identify homes in outbreak and to assist with their management. This will aid the Knowledge User in the prevention of homes going into crisis mode or experiencing financial difficulties due to the pandemic, as well as to monitor their licensees’ pandemic response.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-014/2021 0950 092 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: NorWest Community Health Centre
ICES Scientists: Lesley Plumptre
Summary: A harm reduction program called the Managed Alcohol Program (MAP) was implemented in 2012 by the Kwae Kii Win Centre in Thunder Bay Ontario. The KU, a community health centre specializing in the provision of primary care to vulnerable populations, is a key partner with an interest in performing a retrospective evaluation of the MAP. By measuring and analyzing certain outcomes of interest such emergency department visits and inpatient admissions, this evaluation will assess the impact of the program and inform future service delivery.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2019-015/2021 0950 084 000
A request from an Indigenous community or organization has been accepted.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2019-016/2021 0950 088 000
A request from an Indigenous community or organization has been accepted.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2019-007/2021 0950 087 000
A request from an Indigenous community or organization has been accepted.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-018/ 2021 0950 085 000
Type of Response: Research report or technical brief
Knowledge User: BORN Ontario & Provincial Council of Maternal Child Health (PCMCH)
ICES Scientists: Lesley Plumptre, Astrid Guttmann
Summary: BORN Ontario is interested in identifying the short-term health outcomes of infants of mothers who tested positive for COVID-19 near or at the time of delivery in order to determine the degree to which mother-to-child transmission of COVID-19 occurs. The evidence ascertained from this study will be consolidated to support or update provincial guidelines of maternal health and safety.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-020/2021 0901 257 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Ottawa Victim Services, Ministry of the Attorney General
ICES Scientists: Katherine Muldoon, Doug Manuel
Summary: This project seeks to answer the question of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected access to health care for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. Using ICES’ health administrative data holdings, the Knowledge User will identify the barriers in accessing services and whether these barriers and/or rates of violence have been exacerbated by the pandemic. The findings will be communicated to advisory boards overseeing the management of domestic and sexual violence, as well as serve as evidence to support funding applications for increased support.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-021/2021 0900 840 001
Type of Response: Research report or technical brief
Knowledge User: St. Michael’s Hospital
ICES Scientists: Flora Matheson, Lesley Plumptre
Summary: St. Michael’s Hospital is interested in discovering the characteristics of patients who have come in contact with the criminal justice system and the services they receive. Those with criminal justice involvement tend to be disproportionately impacted by health issues. The aim of this study is to identify the ways in which such individuals interact with the hospital and develop a plan for care delivery to a population that is often stigmatized. These data will be used by different hospital service leaders, such as discharge planners and mental health service planners in order to understand community level barriers and take steps to dismantle them. Other purposes of this study involve assisting with outreach initiatives and the development of training programs.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-022/2021 0950 096 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Ministry of Health
This project is led by a scientist external to ICES. Access to the data was facilitated by ICES.
Summary: In line with the province’s efforts to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, geostatistical approaches to determining future hot-spots has been useful in contact tracing and self-isolation measures. This project seeks to track and identify COVID-19 hot spots three to five days in advance to further maximize the benefits of contact tracing and isolation efforts.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2019-023/2021 0950 094 000
A request from an Indigenous community or organization has been accepted.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-024/2021 0950 093 000
Type of Response: Research report or technical brief
Knowledge User: St. Michael’s Hospital - Ontario Critical Care COVID Command Centre
ICES Scientists: Beate Sander
Summary: This study is interested in ascertaining a specific indicator detailing the use of mechanical ventilation and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to assist with the monitoring of COVID-19 patients in the ICU. This indicator will provide a detailed breakdown of the specific type of intervention that was applied to a patient. The data collected will be used to inform decision makers such as the ICU drug task force on the long- and short-term demand for drugs and to help predict potential drug shortages at the hospital level.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-025/2021 0906 418 001
Type of Response: Research report or technical brief
Knowledge User: Ontario Renal Network
ICES Scientists: Amit Garg, Stephanie Dixon
Summary: The Ontario Renal Network is seeking to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health outcomes of patients with kidney disease. As part of a supplementary analysis to an existing project examining the state of COVID-19 infections among dialysis patients, the Knowledge User will collect data from regional renal programs on those with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease in order to provide timely evidence to healthcare providers to support the protection of this immunocompromised group and control the spread of COVID-19.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-027/TBD
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Providence Manor and Providence Care Hospital
ICES Scientists: Joan Tranmer, Lesley Plumptre
Summary: As part of this Knowledge User’s commitment to better understanding opioid deprescribing in long-term care homes, this research project will fill a critical gap of research in the area of polypharmacy, which is the prescribing of more medications than needed, and help to develop guidance for long-term health care providers for dose reduction or elimination. The Knowledge User will further use the evidence collected to assess the current status of opioid deprescribing and appropriately implement best practices for pain management for older persons in long-term care homes.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-028/TBD
Type of Response: Research report or technical brief
Knowledge User: Ontario Critical Care Command Centre
ICES Scientists: Damon Scales, Mike Paterson, Lesley Plumptre
Summary: In anticipation of an emerging second wave of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, the Ontario Critical Care COVID Command Centre is preparing the necessary system-level response. This research report, using the Critical Care Information System (CCIS) dataset, will detail the baseline characteristics, ICU resource utilization, and clinical outcomes of patients in the first wave. The evidence collected will be used to describe the effects of the virus, provide prognostic information for future patients and fill essential gaps in critical care.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-029/TRIM TBD
A request from an Indigenous community or organization has been accepted.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-030/TRIM TBD
A request from an Indigenous community or organization has been accepted.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-032/2021 0950 097 000
Type of Response: Research report or technical brief
Knowledge User: Southlake Regional Health Centre
This project is led by a scientist external to ICES. Access to the data was facilitated by ICES.
Summary: In preparation to accommodate hospital capacity for the imminent second wave of COVID-19, the Southlake Regional Health Centre is exploring the potential benefits of a model that can predict ICU utilization 14 days in advance of admission. In order to better allocate resources and plan clinical programming, these data will be collected to develop a “trigger tool” that will ensure the availability of sufficient ICU beds and ventilators.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-033/TRIM TBD
A request from an Indigenous community or organization has been accepted.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-034/2021 0950 101 000
Type of Response: Research report or technical brief
Knowledge User: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Long-Term Care
This project is led by a scientist external to ICES. Access to the data was facilitated by ICES.
Summary: As part of the provincial Ministry’s commitment to set government priorities for health and address the provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic, data will be used to forecast the cases and consequent hospital resources that will be required with the imminent second wave. The models proposed will be used to determine appropriate public health planning measures and subsequently help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-035/2021 0950 103 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Reena
ICES Scientists: Yona Lunsky, Rob Balogh, Lesley Plumptre
Summary: Reena, a non-profit organization which supports the community of individuals with developmental disabilities, is interested in measuring the impact of COVID-19 on adults with developmental disabilities in comparison to those without developmental disabilities, specifically in terms of demographics, clinical characteristics, and health outcomes. The Knowledge User will use the data requested to track patterns of care, and subsequently prioritize individuals who require increased support. This research will further go on to inform a harmonized approach between health and social services for this vulnerable population.
Status: In progress




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