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Primary Care & Health Systems Research Program

Program Lead: Liisa Jaakkimainen
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The Primary Care and Health Systems Research Program investigates the accessibility, timeliness and effectiveness of the primary and acute care systems. Researchers across Ontario are examining the performance of primary care reform models, the use of electronic medical records for research and the effectiveness of quality improvement strategies in acute care settings. We have developed analytic methods to examine injury, evaluate chronic disease management within primary care, measure the coordination of care and wait times across the health care system, and identify health team structures that support quality primary care.

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Recent Publications

A methodology for identifying high-need, high-cost patient personas for international comparisons

Figueroa JF, Horneffer KE, Riley K, Abiona O, Arvin M, Atsma F, Bernal-Delgado E, Blankart CR, Bowden N, Deeny S, Estupiñán-Romero F, Gauld R, Hansen TM, Haywood P, Janlov N, Knight H, Lorenzoni L, Marino A, Or Z, Pellet L, Orlander D, Penneau A, Schoenfeld AJ, Shatrov K, Skudal KE, Stafford M, Tanke M, van de Galien O, van Gool K, Wodchis WP, Tanke M, Jha AK, Papanicolas I. Health Serv Res. 2021; 56(S3):1302-16. Epub 2021 Nov 10. DOI:

Recent ICES Grants

collaborations and partnerships

Health Quality Ontario (HQO)

College of Physician and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)

Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP)

Ontario Medical Association (OMA)

Association of Ontario Health Centres

Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs)

Toronto Community Health Profiles Partnership (TCHPP)

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)

The Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Recent Awards & Recognition

  • Canada Research Chair

    2020: Dr. Hannah Wunsch named Canada Research Chair in Critical Care Organization and Outcomes.

  • Clinical Research Chair in Strengthening Primary Care for Integrated Health Equity

    2020-2025: Awarded to Dr. Claire Kendall by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa.

  • Ontario Early Researcher Award

    2019: Awarded to Dr. Karen Okrainec for the project "Let's Get you Home: Understanding Patient Experience and Health Outcomes from Hospital to Home." The award is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

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