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ICES-Institute for clinical evaluative sciences

Chronic Disease & Pharmacotherapy Research Program

Program Lead: Michael Paterson
Program Coordinator:

The Chronic Disease and Pharmacotherapy (CDP) research program has two main areas of emphasis.  In the chronic disease area, scientists track the epidemiology, management and outcomes of chronic illnesses. Such illnesses include diabetes, arthritis, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The CDP program tracks these illnesses over time and among population subgroups and geographic areas.
In the area of pharmacotherapy, cutting-edge epidemiologic methods are used to examine the real-world use, safety and effectiveness of prescription drugs and drug insurance policies.

Announcements & Events

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Recent Publications

Recent ICES Grants


The Chronic Disease and Pharmacotherapy program has many importants colloborations and partnerships. Below is a list of some our partnerships.

Canadian Network for Observation Drug Effect Studeis (CNODES)

Ontario Drug Policy Research Network 

Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN)

Ontario Asthma Surveillance Information System (OASIS)

Arthritis Community Research & Evaluation Unit (ACREU)

Ontario Best Practices Research Initiative (OBRI)

Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative

Recent Awards & Recognition

  • Peter Garner Award

    2022: Awarded to Dr. Jonathan Zipursky by the International Society of Obstetric Medicine for the best research presentation at the combined ISOM/NASOM 2022 Congress.

  • 2022 PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship

    2022: Awarded to Dr. Andrea Gershon by the PSI Foundation to advance her research and knowledge translation program, Canadian Best Respiratory Research Evaluation and Analyst Team of Health Experts (CanBREATHE). Read more.

  • Emerging Investigator Award

    2022: Awarded to Dr. Jessica Widdifield by the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA). The awards are given annually to CRA members who have demonstrated excellence in the field of rheumatology.

Trainee Success

Dissertation Defence

September 2013
Bheeshma Ravi
Degree: PhD in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Dissertation: Complications following total joint arthroplasty in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Recent Graduations

June 2013
Jessica Widdifield
Degree: PhD in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Dissertation: Accuracy of Ontario administrative health data in identifying patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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