Please ensure the Applied Health Research Question (AHRQ) meets the following criteria:
- Your organization must be a Knowledge User as defined by the MOH (see AHRQ Guidelines).
- The main objective of the AHRQ is to provide a basis for evidence-based decision-making for the Knowledge User. It cannot involve advocacy of a particular cause or answer.
To submit an AHRQ
- Review the Documentation and Resources files at the bottom of this page.
- Contact the ICES AHRQ Project Manager for a preliminary assessment of AHRQ eligibility and feasibility.
- Fill out the Knowledge User AHRQ Request Form to provide a brief summary of the background and purpose of the question being proposed.
- Submit the completed Knowledge User AHRQ Request Form to both [email protected] and [email protected].
Requests will be reviewed on a monthly basis and a decision or request for additional information will be communicated to the Knowledge User shortly thereafter.
To submit an Indigenous AHRQ
- If you are part of a First Nations, Métis or Inuit community or Indigenous organization and have a health-related question, consider submitting an AHRQ.
- All eligible AHRQ requests are conducted at no cost to the requester.
- Fill out an Indigenous-driven Project Request Form or contact the Indigenous Portfolio who can assist you in completing the form and navigating this process.
- Indigenous AHRQ submissions can be sent directly to [email protected].
- According to the MOH’s AHRQ Guidelines, not every AHRQ can be answered. ICES reserves the right to decline, postpone or refer an AHRQ to a more appropriate Research Provider.
- Priority will be given to well-defined projects involving questions that are widely applicable to the healthcare system and for which ICES has the data and human resources to complete the work.
- Requests to conduct research that is readily fundable through other means may not be accepted.
- Upon the conclusion of an AHRQ project, Knowledge Users are asked to provide feedback regarding the AHRQ process and how findings from this work have informed healthcare policy and program development. This information will be incorporated into the Summary of Findings Form which will be submitted to the MOH Research Unit.
Documentation & Resources
Knowledge Users should review the following sources before submitting their AHRQ request:
MOH AHRQ Summary of Findings Form
Working title: Update to characteristics and utilization of physician specialist services among older adults with dementia and frailty in Ontario
Characterizing healthcare utilization in northern Ontario: 2023 update for education program planning
Working Title: Quantifying the contribution of interprofessional health care providers in team-based primary care
Number and rate of cold-related injuries among people experiencing homelessness visiting Toronto-area hospitals
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