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Peter Tanuseputro and Dr. Claire Kendall

Congratulations to Drs. Peter Tanuseputro and Claire Kendall and on their teams’ recent CIHR funding!


BRI investigators Dr. Peter Tanuseputro and Dr. Claire Kendall have been successful in their respective requests for funding from the Canadian Institute for Health Research.

Dr. Kendall and the Living with HIV Innovation Team have received $40,000 to address pervasive challenges to the design and delivery of care for Canadians living with HIV. Today, someone living with HIV who is on treatment can expect to live a long and full life. As these patients grow older, they continue to face health-related disabilities associated with the effects of long-term treatment, the presence of multiple chronic medical conditions, and aging. In order for health services to change in a way that best meets patient needs, it is important to consider both research evidence, such as that which has been generated by our Living with HIV (LHIV) Innovation Team, as well as the first-hand experiences and insights of people accessing HIV care. Dr. Kendall and her team will use the McMaster Health Forum’s citizen engagement approach to hear from diverse groups of people living with and affected by HIV. They will convene three citizen panels of people with and affected by HIV—in Ontario, Manitoba and Newfoundland respectively—to identify key issues and opportunities to improve HIV care delivery in Canada. Panel results will be summarized, shared with participants and used to create tools and resources to be shared with wider audiences to drive patient-informed health system change.

Dr. Peter Tanuseputro and his team – including BRI researchers Amy Hsu, Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, and Raphael Chan – have also been successful in their request for funding from the Canadian Institute for Health Research. The team received $70,000 to describe the delivery and impact of hospital-based palliative care across Canada. Right now, many Canadians end up in hospital in the months prior to death. This is often burdensome to the patient, and costly to the health care system. Palliative care in the hospital, however, can intervene to reduce the chance of future unnecessary hospital stays, and improving the dying experience. This research will identify who is getting palliative care in hospitals, what is the impact of this care, and where are the gaps in care.

To learn more about Dr. Claire Kendall’s work : www.lhiv.ca

To learn more about Dr. Peter Tanuseputro’s other work : http://bit.ly/2FukH0C