December 2, 2014

Programs & Events

CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) Policy Rounds: Activity-Based Hospital Funding

This policy round will describe the research and policy implications of a new systematic review and meta-analysis of the global evidence produced from 1980-2012 on activity-based funding (ABF) in hospitals. Join us for a discussion on the policy implications related to ABF, including issues like increased pressure on post-acute care services, related to shortened length of stay expected under ABF.

We will also examine the real-world, intended and unintended consequences of the policies and the implications. Do patients experience improved quality of care and safety? Is the health system equipped to meet the population needs using this model? How should health policy adapt to provide the best care possible for Canadians? Our experienced speakers and panel will answer these questions and more!


  • Karen Palmer, Adjunct Professor, Faculties of Health Sciences and Science, Simon Fraser University
  • Danielle Martin, VP, Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions, Women’s College Hospital
  • Thomas Agoritsas, Physician and Research Fellow, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, McMaster University
  • Steven Lewis, President, Access Consulting Ltd., Saskatoon

Date: Wednesday, December 10
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. (EST)

For more information and to register, click HERE.

CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) Policy Rounds are webinars that disseminate research results and foster knowledge exchange among researchers, health care policy and decision makers, and other stakeholders. IHSPR Policy Rounds showcase current research evidence on high priority topics and promote evidence-informed decision making. Through IHSPR Policy Rounds we hope to spark opportunities to identify and address knowledge gaps and foster collaboration.  

Introduction to Systematic Review Searching

This session will provide an overview of the requirements for systematic review searches, and will consist of lectures, practical exercises, and hands-on database searching.  By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Identify systematic reviews and distinguish them from other reviews,
  • Recognize the breadth of resources required to execute a systematic review search,
  • Develop a well formulated search question and structure a search using the PICO format,
  • Know how to apply appropriate date, language and publication type limits,
  • Document a search in a standardized form,
  • Understand the importance of peer-review of systematic review searches
  • Recognize the level of expert searching needed for a systematic review

Participants are encouraged to bring search topics, but this is not required.

This session will be held on two dates:

Date: Thursday, December 4
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: WMC 2F102 lab

Date: Wednesday, December 10
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: WMC 2F102 lab

For more information and to register, click HERE.

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