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Congratulations to Dr Mona Sawhney, recipient of the Women's Giving Circle Grant!

Published Thu Jun 22/17 11:00am.

Dr. Mona Sawhney was awarded funds from the Health Sciences Internal Grants competition, Women’s Giving Circle for her study entitled ‘Does Pain Predict Recovery following Short-Stay Total Hip Arthroplasty or Total Knee Arthroplasty. Mona will be working with Dr. Elizabeth VanDenKerkhof on this study. 

With earlier discharge to home, it is unclear how patients who undergo hip or knee arthroplasty are progressing with their rehabilitation goals. It is also unclear if they are experiencing pain, fatigue, depression or other adverse symptoms and how they are managing these.

This study examines pain, functional outcomes associated with recovery, fatigue and depression, and health care utilization after discharge from hospital in patients who undergo hip or knee arthroplasty for the treatment of osteoarthritis.


Dr. Katie Goldie awarded a Garfield Kelly Cardiovascular Research and Development Fund

Published Thu Jun 15/17 10:00am.
Dr. Katie Goldie was awarded funds from the Health Sciences Internal Grants competition for her project entitled 'Sex-based differences of depression before AMI'. Katie will be working with Dr. Joan Tranmer on the project.

There is a reciprocal relationship between ischemic heart diseases and depressive illnesses. The purpose of this
exploratory study is to gain a better understanding of sex-based differences in exposure to depressive symptoms and
resulting acute myocardial infarction (AMI) among a cohort of Ontario patients. This retrospective cohort study will be
conducted using population-level administrative databases held by the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) to
determine the proportion of people that suffer from depressive symptoms before AMI. It will also compare the time
between exposure and outcome for men and women.

Dr. Katie Goldie funded through a CIHR Project grant

Published Thu May 18/17 12:00pm.

Dr. Katie Goldie is part of a research team that will receive funding through the recent CIHR Project Grant competition for the project entitled 'A knowledge synthesis and integrated knowledge translation project on interventions to improve emergency department use for mental health reasons'.  

In the current healthcare context where financial and human resources are limited, the burden of unnecessary and inappropriate emergency department use is apparent. This has implications at all levels including for patients, healthcare professionals, and policy-makers, and decreasing emergency department visits is now a highly visible healthcare priority. In response, researchers and clinicians have attempted to develop interventions to streamline emergency department use for mental health-related reasons. Several primary studies describe the effects of these interventions and yet no consensus exists on the optimal approach, including quality of development, effectiveness, and economic considerations. The project aims to systematically review interventions designed to improve appropriate use of the emergency department for mental health reasons. 

The study is led by Dr. Amanda Vandyk at the University of Ottawa. She will benefit from the expertise of Drs. Mark Kaluzienski, Matthew T. Gilmour, Katie L. Goldie, Ian D. Graham, Jeremy Kronick and Yehudis Stokes.

Congratulations to the entire team!

Dr. Kevin Woo awarded a CIHR Planning and Dissemination grant

Published Tue May 02/17 3:00pm.
Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Woo, for his recent success at the CIHR Planning and Dissemination - Institute Community Support competition. Dr. Woo and team were awarded funds for their project entitled 'Management of ischemic pain in older people with lower extremity artery disease: developing a consensus document.

Dr. Mona Sawhney awarded a Women's Giving Circle Health Sciences grant

Published Wed Apr 26/17 9:00am.
Dr. Mona Sawhney was awarded the funds for the project 'Does Pain Predict Recovery and Healthcare Use Following Short stay Total Joint Arthroplasty for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis'. Mona Sawhney will be working with Drs. Elizabeth VanDenKerkhof, Mark Harrison, Melanie Jaeger and Susan Vasilly on the project.

Arthritis affects one in five Canadians, making it the 3rd most common chronic health condition. People suffering from arthritis experience joint pain, stiffness, swelling and decreased function. One of the ways to reduce joint pain and improve functioning for patients with osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis) of the hip and knee is through total joint replacement  surgery. In the past 10 years, length of stay after total joint replacement surgery has become shorter and shorter. Dr. Sawhney and team will examine the relationship between pain and health care utilization for the first six weeks following short stay total joint replacement surgery for the treatment of knee and hip osteoarthritis.
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