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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: May 2022

Project ID: 2020-045/ 2021 0950 109 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Village Family Health Team
ICES Scientists: Michael Campitelli, Lesley Plumptre
Summary: The Village FHT is a team of inter-professionals providing primary care to patients in Toronto. The knowledge users are interested in understanding the drivers of cost for their care groups. The cost breakdowns are specifically requested for Fee for Service (FFS) visits, FHO/FHN capitation costs, and Non-FFS GP/FP visits in the Primary Care Cost category, and Inpatient (CIHI-DAD), Same Day Surgery (SDS), and Inpatient Mental Health in the Inpatient and same day surgery costs category. This information will assist them in exploring options to reduce cost where possible, without compromising the patient care.
Status: Completed


Project ID: 2020-046/ 2021 0900 633 006
Type of Response: Research report
Knowledge User: Central LHIN
ICES Scientist: Refik Saskin
Summary: As part of an ongoing surveillance activity, the data provided an update on yearly cancer screening rates for the Central LHIN region with more recent trends. The research outcome will be utilized to target the under/never-screened areas throughout the Central region and will help inform the public and primary care provider engagement.
Status: Completed


Project ID: 2020-047/ 2021 0950 115 000
Type of Response: Research report
Knowledge User: Rehabilitative Care Alliance
ICES Scientists: Ruth HallLesley Plumptre
Summary: As recent evidences suggest some populations may experience symptoms of Covid-19 for long-term, the demand for publicly funded rehabilitative care services may rise to manage such patients in the future. The research team at Rehabilitative Care Alliance aims to understand the impact of Covid-19 on utilization of publicly funded rehab services after Covid-19 diagnosis. The analysis will further assist regional and provincial health administrators in planning to meet care needs in this population.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-048/ 2021 0950 116 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Ontario Ventilator Equipment Pool, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
ICES Scientists: Refik Saskin, Andrea Gershon
Summary: In May 2020, the Ontario Ventilator Equipment Pool initiated a Long-term In Home Ventilator Engagement Program (L.I.V.E.) as a multi-component intervention to facilitate patients relying on home mechanical ventilation. The research team is interested in determining at the impact of L.I.V.E. program on healthcare use and associated costs during covid-19 pandemic (from May 2020) compared to those not enrolled in the program.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-049/ 2021 0950 056 001
Type of Response: Research report
Knowledge User: Rehabilitative Care Alliance
ICES Scientists: Ruth HallLesley Plumptre
Summary: In May 2020, the Ontario Ventilator Equipment Pool initiated a Long-term In Home Ventilator Engagement Program (L.I.V.E.) as a multi-component intervention to facilitate patients relying on home mechanical ventilation. The research team is interested in determining at the impact of L.I.V.E. program on healthcare use and associated costs during covid-19 pandemic (from May 2020) compared to those not enrolled in the program. The analysis will also elucidate the difference in the rates of healthcare utilization and associated costs in this population for the pandemic year (March 14, 2020 to March 14, 2021) compared to the previous year (March 13, 2019 to March 13, 2020). The results from the study will be shared with relevant, key stakeholders to inform funding allocation and service delivery decision-making including HMV care delivery optimization.
Status: Completed


Project ID: 2020-050/2021 0950 079 001
A request from an Indigenous community or organization has been accepted.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-051/2021 0950 114 000
Type of Response: Research report
Knowledge User: Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto
ICES Scientists: Susan Bronskill, Lesley Plumptre
Summary: In order to facilitate planning for geriatric clinical services in Ontario, the Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Office aims to examine the use of health services among older adults living with complex health conditions, and to compare it among recipients and non-recipients of health services from geriatric medicine specialists, geriatric psychiatry specialists, care of the elderly primary care physicians, and/or interprofessional geriatric programs and services. Results from this study will aid in the development of clinical models in collaboration with OHTs and relevant institutions prioritizing older adults living with complex health conditions as a population of focus.
Status: In progress


Project ID: 2020-052/ 2021 0950 112 000
Type of Response: Rapid response
Knowledge User: Ministry of Community and Social Services
ICES Scientists: Natasha Saunders, Michael Paterson
Summary: As Covid-19 continues to challenge every part of life including family dynamics, there are early reports suggesting an increase in injuries among young infants in Ontario after the onset of the pandemic. The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is interested in looking at the trends of assault/maltreatment-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations among children, youth and adults, and examine the rates across area-level measures of material deprivation, ethnic concentration, and dwelling density. This research will inform the current situation of violent injuries in the community and may necessitate the need for proactive outreach to at risk groups during lockdowns to support families and prevent violence.
Status: Completed


Project ID: 2020-053/ 2022 0950 117 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Virtual Urgent Care Provincial Evaluation Committee
ICES Scientists: Michael Paterson, Lesley Plumptre
Summary: The Ministry of Health supported an initiative of a pilot virtual urgent care program involving 8-16 settings across Ontario in response to Covid-19 pandemic. To evaluate the provincial virtual urgent care pilot program, the research team is investigating the differences in healthcare utilization, healthcare costs and outcomes among patients using virtual urgent care services compared to traditional in-person emergency department visits. The data will help inform provincial policy decisions and support a structured, sustainable expansion of virtual urgent care in Ontario.
Status: In progress




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