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Special Presentation: Drs. Jose Valderas & Ian Porter

Jose M Valderas, PhD, MPH, BMBS
Professor of Health Services & Policy Research, University of Exeter
President, International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL)


Dr. Jose Valderas is an Academic General Practitioner, with a commitment to research on patient centred care that is relevant for decision making in clinical practice and health policy. He leads the Health Services & Policy Research Group at the University of Exeter Medical School. He is also the lead on the patient-centred care theme of the Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx).

Dr. Valderas’ current research interests focus on the use of patient reports on their own health for decision making in clinical practice and health policy, and the improvement of processes of care (quality and safety), with a particular interest in patients with multiple conditions. His main areas of expertise are in patient centred care, with a particular focus on the use of measures of Patient-Reported Outcomes and Experiences (development, adaptation, application, interpretation and clinical applications of PROMs, qualitative methods for content generation, psychometrics and quantitative analyses (classical test theory and Item Response Theory Models), and appraisal of instruments), multi- and co-morbidity, and quality and safety in Primary Care.

Dr. Valderas is an advisor to NHS England on the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Appraisal Working Group, and has provided expert advice to the World Health Organization and the Panamerican Health Organization on Primary Health Care, Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), and Patient Safety; and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) on patient reported quality indicators. In 2017, Dr. Valderas waselected by his peers to serve as President of the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL).


Ian Porter, PhD, MSc
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Health Services & Policy Research Group, University of Exeter


Dr. Ian Porter, a social scientist by background, joined the Health Services and Policy Research Group at the University of Exeter in October 2014, working on an NIHR funded programme of work developing and piloting methods for the routine use of Patient Recorded Outcome Measures (PROMs) in primary care for patients with multiple, long-term conditions (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, heart failure, depression, osteoarthritis of the hip and/or knee). Prior to this he contributed to a number of other primary care focused NIHR research projects involving socially marginalised groups with complex physical and mental health needs.


The evidence for routine feed-back of PROMs in clinical practice: Implications for multimorbid frail, older, adults

Patient Reported Outcome (PRO) measures are currently under-utilised in Primary Care in the UK. For frail older adults with multiple conditions (multimorbidity), combinations of individualised and standardised PRO measures may support health management and prioritisation. We aimed to test the feasibility of implementing routine PRO administration and feedback as part of Primary Care annual reviews for this patient group. Participants with two or more chronic conditions (asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart failure, depression, and osteoarthritis of the hip and/or knee) completed generic, condition specific and individualised PRO measures immediately ahead of annual reviews. Personalised PRO summaries were provided to patients and clinicians to inform reviews. Acceptability of the intervention was rated by patients/clinicians separately. Qualitative interviews were also conducted with patients (10) and clinicians (5) to provide a more detailed evaluation. Findings suggested a high degree of acceptability from both patients and clinicians.

This talk is open and will include a light lunch.

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International Clinical Trials Day
May 20 all-day

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Fraser Health Research Week
Jun 7 – Jun 15 all-day

Research Week is held annually with a combination of different events that include interactive workshops, panel discussions, keynote speakers, presentations by our very own researchers and much more over the course of a week.

Go to LearningHub to register.

All the events listed are free. Research Week is open to all Fraser Health employees (clinical and non-clinical), physicians, and those from partner institutions. Some events are open to the public (Day 1, Day 2A, Day 3, and Day 4B).

Lunch and Learn — Beyond Survival: The Development of a Positive Psychological Intervention for Burnout Prevention in Medical Training
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Elaine Cheung, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University, Chicago

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the signs and causes of burnout
  2. Discuss personal and professional barriers to recognizing burnout
  3. Learn positive psychological strategies for addressing and preventing burnout in medical training

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KT Canada: Summer Institute 2019
Jun 26 – Jun 28 all-day

Dr. Andrea Tricco, University of Toronto
Dr. Anne Sales, University of Michigan
Dr. David Johnson, University of Calgary
Dr. Janet Curran, Dalhousie University
Dr. Linda Li, University of British Columbia
Dr. Monika Kastner, North York General Hospital
Dr. Sharon Straus, University of Toronto

Date and location: June 26-28, 2019; Toronto, ON

The purpose of this Summer Institute is to provide participants with the opportunity to increase their understanding of knowledge translation research as well as opportunities and challenges in this field.  The Summer Institute will provide participants with the chance to network with colleagues including national and international KT experts.

The theme of the 2019 Institute is: “Evaluations in KT”.

The Summer Institute is aimed at graduate students, post-doctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty who study issues relevant to KT and those who want to learn more about how to advance their research skills in this area.  We encourage applications  from a wide range of disciplines that span all of CIHR’s research themes (clinical, health services, and population health).

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