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Comparison of Primary Care Models in Ontario by Demographics, Case Mix and Emergency Department Use, 2008/09 to 2009/10
ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION
The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)
is an independent, non-profit organization that
produces knowledge to enhance the effectiveness of
health care for Ontarians. Internationally recognized
for its innovative use of population-based health
information, ICES evidence supports health policy
development and guides changes to the organization
and delivery of health care services.
Key to our work is our ability to link population-
based health information, at the patient level, in a
way that ensures the privacy and confidentiality of
personal health information. Linked databases
reflecting 13 million of 33 million Canadians allow us
to follow patient populations through diagnosis and
treatment and to evaluate outcomes.
ICES brings together the best and the brightest
talent across Ontario. Many of our scientists are not
only internationally recognized leaders in their fields
but are also practicing clinicians who understand the
grassroots of health care delivery, making the
knowledge produced at ICES clinically focused and
useful in changing practice. Other team members
have statistical training, epidemiological
backgrounds, project management or
communications expertise. The variety of skill sets
and educational backgrounds ensures a multi-
disciplinary approach to issues and creates a
real-world mosaic of perspectives that is vital to
shaping Ontario’s future health care system.
ICES receives core funding from the Ontario Ministry
of Health and Long-Term Care. In addition, our
faculty and staff compete for peer-reviewed grants
from federal funding agencies, such as the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research, and receive project-
specific funds from provincial and national
organizations. These combined sources enable ICES
to have a large number of projects underway,
covering a broad range of topics. The knowledge that
arises from these efforts is always produced
independent of our funding bodies, which is critical
to our success as Ontario’s objective, credible source
of evidence guiding health care.
“ICES brings together the best and
the brightest talent across Ontario.
Many of our scientists are not only
internationally recognized leaders
in their fields but are also practicing
clinicians who understand the
grassroots of health care delivery.”
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