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|FEATURED RESEARCH STUDIES|
|TNDMS - SHOWCASE|
Diabetes Evaluation Framework for Innovative National Evaluations
The overall aim of DEFINE is to guide the comprehensive evaluation of diabetes prevention and management, and to facilitate policy innovations in order to improve diabetes care and reduce the clinical and financial burden of diabetes. The framework is available on this website (including instructions, videos, helpful tips, worksheets...) to enable more comprehensive evaluations in the field of diabetes so that we can: 1) move beyond system performance to explore the relationship between investments/programs and outcomes (i.e. Diabetes Education Centres [DECs], team-based care models, registries, clinical practice guidelines), 2) more accurately measure the impact of investments, and 3) enable policy makers, government, and other stakeholders to make informed decisions. We hope that DEFINE will help build the knowledge and evidence needed to improve the Canadian healthcare system.
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|NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS|
Accepted Manuscript (unedited version) available online: December 5, 2016 - Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
First FORGE AHEAD article to be published – The Best Practices Review article was published (open-access) in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes in June 2016. Rice, K., Te Hiwi, B., Zwarenstein, M., Lavallee, B., Barre, D.E., Harris, S.B. on behalf of the FORGE AHEAD Program Team. Best Practices for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes and Obesity-Related Chronic Disease among Indigenous Peoples in Canada: A Review. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 40 (3): 216-225, 2016.
Also, the FORGE AHEAD Program Protocol article has been accepted for publication in the open-access journal - BMC Health Research Policy and Systems
Announcement - Dr. Stewart Harris reappointed as the Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies
Dr. Stewart Harris has been reappointed as the Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2021.
Congratulations Braden Te Hiwi
Article in Press - Canadian Journal of Diabetes
April 7, 2016
Congratulations - Dr. Stewart Harris receives Order of Canada
July 7, 2015
He is also Medical Director of St. Joseph’s Primary Care Diabetes Support Program. Dr. Harris leads the innovative Primary Care Diabetes Support Program, which provides diabetes education and support for those without a family doctor or who live with various challenges that make managing diabetes more difficult, such as poverty, language barriers, social isolation, addictions or mental illness. A multidisciplinary team teaches patients how to become diabetes self-managers and helps them access the resources they need to manage their diabetes effectively. The team also assists family physicians in London to build capacity for diabetes care in their own practices.
The Order of Canada, is one of the country’s highest civilian honours, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
FORGE AHEAD FILM: 5 min has hit YouTube
June 10, 2015
The FORGE AHEAD Research Program was highlighted in a short video shown on ADA TV at the American Diabetes Association 75th Scientific Symposium in Boston (USA) (June 5 - 9).
AstraZeneca donates $500,000 to forge health care improvements in Canada’s indigenous communities
February 20, 2015
According to the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), this disease, in which the body can’t produce, or properly use, insulin (a hormone required to convert glucose into energy) is increasing by epidemic proportions in Canada.
Aboriginal Peoples are among the highest risk group for developing diabetes and related complications, with a prevalence in First Nations communities three to five times higher than the general population. This is due to a number of factors including genetic predisposition, lifestyle and quality of care.
FORGE AHEAD is in the News
November 10, 2014
Dr. Stewart Harris is very pleased to announce his reappointment to the position of Canadian Diabetes Assocation (CDA) Chair in Diabetes Management, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. This reappointment will allow Dr. Harris and his team to continue their progressive and innovative program of research prioritizing evaluation of diabetes and chronic disease models of care, diabetes research with First Nations, research utilizing clinical and administrative health databases, and investigator initiated clinical trials.
Naqshbandi Hayward M, Paquette-Warren J, Harris SB, FORGE AHEAD Program Team. Developing community-driven quality improvement initiatives to enhance chronic disease care in Indigenous communities in Canada: the FORGE AHEAD program protocol. Health Res Policy Syst. 2016;14(1):55. doi:10.1186/s12961-016-0127-y.