Adjunct Scientist ICES uOttawa Life Stage Research Program
Dr. Sarina Isenberg is the chair in mixed methods palliative care research at Bruyère Research Institute in Ottawa, Canada. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa, assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, adjunct professor at the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, affiliate investigator in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and an adjunct scientist at ICES uOttawa.
Dr. Isenberg's mixed methods research focuses on examining access to palliative care for marginalized and non-cancer populations, and testing ways to improve access and quality of care. She often uses the following methods: cohort studies using large health administrative datasets; cost effectiveness analysis using administrative and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) data; systematic reviews and meta-syntheses; qualitative and mixed methods studies with patients, caregivers, and health professionals; participatory design; and arts-based knowledge translation.
Dr. Isenberg has been a co-principal and a co-investigator on 41 research projects (totaling $12 million) supported by national and international grant funding agencies. She has published over 73 peer-reviewed publications (30 articles as first/last author). Her achievements in research have been recognized by a number of awards, including the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine Early Career Researcher of the Year Award – Public Health and Epidemiology (2022), the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine Award of Excellence in Research – New Investigator (2022), and the American Association of Hospice Palliative Medicine Research Scholars Program (2020). She completed her PhD in social and behavioural sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
- PhD, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- MA, English Literature, Queen’s University
- BA, English Literature, McGill University
- End of life/palliative care
- Home care
- Chronic diseases/multimorbidity
- Health services research
- Bruyère Chair, Mixed Methods Palliative Care Research, Bruyère Research Institute
- Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa
- Assistant Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa
- Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Awards & Recognition
UofT Department of Family and Community Medicine Award of Excellence in Research
Nurse practitioner and physician end-of-life home visits and end-of-life outcomes
Scott M, Ramzy A, Isenberg SR, Webber C, Eddeen AB, Murmann M, Mahdavi R, Howard M, Kendall CE, Klinger C, Marshall D, Sinnarajah A, Ponka D, Buchman S, Bennett C, Tanuseputro P, Dahrouge S, May K, Heer C, Cooper D, Manuel D, Thavorn K, Hsu AT. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2023; Nov 18 [Epub ahead of print].
Place of death and place of care at the end of life: are they correlated? a retrospective cohort study of Ontario decedents
Li W, Qureshi D, Rhodes E, Imsirovic H, Isenberg SR, Tanuseputro P. J Palliat Med. 2023; Nov 15 [Epub ahead of print].
Association of patient sex with use of palliative care in Ontario, Canada: a population-based study
Gitau K, Huang A, Isenberg SR, Stall N, Ailon J, Bell CM, Quinn KL. CMAJ Open.
Physician continuity of care in the last year of life in community-dwelling adults: retrospective population-based study
Howard M, Hafid S, Isenberg SR, Webber C, Downar J, Gayowsky A, Jones A, Scott MM, Hsu AT, Conen K, Manuel D, Tanuseputro P. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2023; Aug 14 [Epub ahead of print].
End-of-life interventions in patients with cancer
Webber C, Hafid S, Gayowsky A, Howard M, Tanuseputro P, Jones A, Scott MM, Hsu AT, Downar J, Manuel D, Conen K, Isenberg SR. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2023; Aug 3 [Epub ahead of print]
Re-imagining care for older adults with heart failure and other serious illnesses
Quinn K, Isenberg SR, Mak S, Steinberg L. Healthc Q. 2023; 26(2): 9-12. Epub 2023 Jul 28.
Physician home visits to rostered patients during their last year of life: a retrospective cohort study
Scott MM, Webber C, Clarke AE, Hafid A, Isenberg SR, Jones A, Hsu AT, Conen K, Downar J, Manuel DG, Howard M, Tanuseputro P. CMAJ Open. 2023; 11(4):E597-606. Epub 2023 Jul 4.
Caring for older men and women: whose caregivers are more distressed? a population-based retrospective cohort study
Li W, Manuel DG, Isenberg SR, Tanuseputro P. BMC Geriatr. 2022; 22(1):890. Epub 2022 Nov 22.
Continuity of physician care over the last year of life for different cause-of-death categories: a retrospective population-based study
Howard M, Hafid A, Webber C, Isenberg SR, Gayowsky A, Jones A, Scott M, Hsu AT, Conen K, Downar J, Manuel D, Tanuseputro P. CMAJ Open. 2022; 10(4):E971-80. Epub 2022 Nov 8.
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