Research studies conducted at Bruyère Research Institute can be divided into five main themes:
- Cognition and mobility
- Health system and services
- Primary and community care
- Promising practices
Cognition and mobility
As aging progresses, two important health conditions develop: frailty and cognitive impairment, including those resulting from stroke. The dramatic limitations and burden caused by these health problems carry significant consequences for patients and their families, as well as considerable costs to the healthcare system.
Equity relates to equal opportunities for each individual to access health care and services without discrimination. Decision makers increasingly focus on equity as an essential component guiding their health policy decisions.
Health system and services
The study of health system and services over time provides valuable insights as to how the system has adapted to the changing needs of the populations and can yield important information on their changing health status. Information from the study of health system and services can also be used to model and simulate future trends and the impacts of various interventions. Large, linked health administration datasets can be used for prediction and modelling.
Primary and community care
Bruyère is the administrative home of the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa. Its research arm, the CT Lamont Centre for Primary Care Research is part of BRI. The success of our healthcare system rests on our ability to care for patients in the community, to prevent diseases, to manage and retard progression of chronic conditions, and to allow persons with disabilities to remain autonomous and live in the community as long as possible. To do this means the development of an integrated healthcare system where each actor — patient, practitioners, institution — works in partnership to meet the person’s needs.
Patient- or person-oriented research programs and projects are devoted to changing patient outcomes using existing knowledge applied differently or more effectively or developing new knowledge that can be used to devise new and improved therapies and therapeutics. Taking innovative care to the patient is a fundamental part of BRI’s contribution to Bruyère’s value statement of transforming care. Promising practices is where the development and application of evidence improves both the patient experience and the patient outcome.