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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

  • May Cohen Award for Women Mentors

    2017: Awarded to Dr. Gillian Hawker. The award is presented by the Canadian Medical Association to a woman physician who has demonstrated outstanding mentoring.

  • CIHR-IHSPR Article of the Year Award

    2017: Tara Gomes received the award for the paper “Sensitivity and specificity of administrative mortality data for identifying prescription opioid-related deaths” published in CMAJ. The award was presented at the 2017 Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research conference in Toronto on May 26.

    IHSPR's Article of the Year Award recognizes research published in a peer-reviewed journal that has contributed to the advancement of health services and policy research in Canada. 

  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 2016 Distinguished Member Award

    2016: Awarded to Dr. Angela Colantonio for her leadership, public service and work with the Congress.

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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