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  • Value of Information in practice. No, seriously: in practice!
    Gianluca Baio, Msc, PhD,
    Department of Statistical Sciences at University College London (UK).
    Date: Friday, Feb 19, 2016 Time: 1:00-2:00pm
    Venue:
    Leslie Dan Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 144 College Street, Rm# 850
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THETA Rounds

Since 2008 THETA has been hosting a lecture series THETA Rounds and inviting world experts to address various issues related to Health Technology Assessment, Clinical Research and Health Policy and Ethics fields. Recordings of most sessions are available in the THETA Rounds Archive.

Starting in 2016 THETA Rounds will be available in the live webinar format. If you are interested in attending an online session please register at:  http://theta-rounds-webinar-registration.eventbrite.ca to receive login instructions. 

 

Topic: Value of Information in practice. No, seriously: in practice!

Lecturer: Gianluca Baio, Msc, PhD , Department of Statistical Sciences at University College London (UK).
Date:
February 19, 2016 Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Venue:
Leslie Dan Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 144 College St, Rm# 850 (8th floor)

 

 

 


Topic: Opportunities Created by the Changing Landscape of Health Data

Lecturer: David Henry, MB ChB, MRCP, FRCP, Professor of Health Systems Data, IHPME and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Date:
February 5, 2016 Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Venue:
Leslie Dan Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 144 College St, Rm# 850 (8th floor)

 

 


Topic: Developing a Values Based Framework for Decision Making in Technology Assessment (and Health)

Lecturer: Murray Krahn, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Director of THETA, the F. N. Hughes Chair in Pharmacoeconomics and Social and Administrative Pharmacy Division Head, Faculty of Pharmacy University of Toronto, Professor at the  University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist the Toronto General Research Institute and Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto.
Date:
Jan 15, 2016 Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Venue:
Leslie Dan Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 144 College St, Rm# 850 (8th floor)

 
 

Topic: Health utility for coverage decision making: imagination, prediction, or deception?

Lecturer: Feng Xie, BSc, MSc, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics; Acting Assistant Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster U
Date: Friday, Dec 18, 2015
Time:
12:00-1:00 pm (Please note time)
Venue
Rm# 255 (2nd floor) (Please note venue), Leslie Dan Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 144 College Street


 


Topic: On being an outlier: Participatory arts-based research methods in the service of practice and policy

Lecturer: Janet Parson, PhD, Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute; Assistant Prof., Dept of Physical Therapy, and CQ FellowDalla Lana School of Public Health, U of Toronto
Date: Friday, Dec 04, 2015
Time:
1:00-2:00 pm
Venue
Rm# 850, Leslie Dan Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 144 College Street



Topic: Does it matter: timeliness or accuracy of results? The choice of rapid reviews or systematic reviews to inform decision-making

Lecturer: Andrea Tricco, PhD, Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute; Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Date: Friday, Nov 20, 2015
Time:
1:00-2:00 pm
Venue
Rm# 850, Leslie Dan Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 144 College Street



Topic: Estimating the causal effects of longitudinal treatment regimes: an application in critical care

Lecturer: Noemi Kreif, PhD, London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine S
Date: Friday, Nov 6, 2015
Time:
1:00-2:00 pm
Venue
Rm# 850, Leslie Dan Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 144 College Street

 


Topic: Humans, Mosquitoes, Birds & The Environment: Evaluating West Nile Virus Mitigation Strategies

Lecturer: Beate Sander, PhD Scientist, Public Health Ontario, Assistant Professor, IHPME, University of Toronto, Adjunct Scientist, ICES
Date: Friday, Oct 23, 2015
Time:
1:00-2:00 pm
Venue
Rm# 850, Leslie Dan Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 144 College Street

 

Topic: Health Services Research and Policy Making in Ontario

Lecturer: Michael Hillmer, PhD, Director of Research, Analysis and Evaluation Branch, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care; Assistant Professor , Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.
Date: Friday, Oct 9, 2015
Time:
1:00-2:00 pm
Venue
Rm# 850, Leslie Dan Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 144 College Street

 


 


 

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The Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC) 2016 Conference

ARCC is pleased to announce that its 5th annual conference will take place from May 8th to 9th at the Hilton Toronto in Toronto, Ontario. The objective of this conference is to bridge a connection between researchers and decision-makers, using health economics, services, policy and ethics research to improve cancer control and the delivery of cancer care.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016


THETA Collaborative presents at the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) 2015 - 2nd Biennial Asia-Pacific Conference, January 08 - January 10, 2016, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong.

Theme: Making Difficult Clinical and Policy Decisions: The Example of Ageing and End of Life Care in Asia-Pacific.

Much of modern medical education and research has been devoted to preventing and treating illnesses and delaying death. In comparison, there has been little attention in teaching, practising, policy making and research into patients’ death and dying – something that most health professionals face in their work; and ultimately, a reality that we all face. In medicalising the aging, terminally ill, death and dying, many discussions of end of life (EOL) decisions are ‘medicine’ focused resulting in aggressive therapies that shorten patients’ lives instead of improving them, particularly when surrounded by many uncertainties. Instead, having the best practices to adopt, implement and enable ‘person’ or ‘patient’‐ oriented decision making, can enhance people’s EOL with fulfilment, satisfaction, autonomy and dignity.

THETA staff participates this year with the following:

Full Day Course

Introduction to Health Technology Assessment, Course Director: Murray Krahn, MD, Msc, FRCPC; Course Faculty: Jeremy D. Goldhaber-Fiebert, PhD

Long-Form Oral Abstracts

Understanding the Economic Burden of Care for Patients on Renal Replacement Therapy
Murray D Krahn, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Karen E Bremner, BSc, Claire de Oliveira, PhD, Stephanie Dixon, PhD, Nicholas Mitsakakis, MSc PhD, Petros Pechlivanoglou, MSc, PhD

Impact of Telehomecare on Remotely Monitored Clinical Parameters of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Heart Failure Patients. Valeria E. Rac, MD, PhD, Yeva Sahakyan, MD, MPH, Nida Shahid, HBSc., CCRP, Aleksandra Stanimirovic, MSc, PhD (cand.), Petros Pechlivanoglou, MSc, PhD, Welson Ryan, Lusine Abrahamyan, MD MPH PhD and Murray D Krahn, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Long-Form Oral Abstracts: Broadening the Relevance of Policy Analyses.  Moderator: Murray D Krahn, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Short-Form Oral Presentations

Evaluating the Implementation and Adoption of Telehomecare Program for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or Heart Failure Patients. Gemma Hunting, MA, Nida Shahid, HBSc., CCRP, Yeva Sahakyan, MD, MPH, Iris Fan, BA, Christelle Moneypenny, Hon BA, MSc (cand.), Aleksandra Stanimirovic, MSc, PhD (cand.), Taylor North, Yelena Petrosyan, MD, MPH, PhD (cand.), Murray D Krahn, MD, MSc, FRCPC and Valeria E. Rac, MD, PhD
New Model of Healthcare Delivery - Telehomecare Program for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Heart Failure Patients in Ontario, Canada. Valeria E. Rac, MD, PhD, Yeva Sahakyan, MD, MPH, Nida Shahid, HBSc., CCRP, Aleksandra Stanimirovic, MSc, PhD (cand.), Iris Fan, BA, Welson Ryan,  Murray D Krahn, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Health Services for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Heart Failure Patients in Ontario Telehomecare Program. Valeria E. Rac, MD, PhD, Yeva Sahakyan, MD, MPH, Nida Shahid, HBSc., CCRP, Aleksandra Stanimirovic, MSc, PhD (candidate), Welson Ryan and Murray D Krahn, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Posted on Jan 8, 2016


Registration now open for two new courses offered by THETA Collaborative in February 2016

In line with its education commitment to develop and teach graduate-level courses, THETA staff have organized and will be teaching two courses: 

Introduction to R for decision modelers (1-day course), Feb 12, 2016
Decision modelling using R (3-day course), Feb 16-18, 2016

Both courses will offer a webinar option. Registration is now open; last day to register:  Dec 01, 2016

Posted on Nov 18, 2015


Dr. Murray Krahn recognized for his exceptional service at the 2015 SMDM Meeting

  As the the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) past-president and a current Board member Dr. Murray Krahn has substantially contributed to the advancement of SMDM over the years and this year at the 37th Annual North American Meeting he has been presented with a recognition award for his service.

 

Posted on Oct 19, 2015


Dr. Murray Krahn with Canadian and US researchers compares End-of Life costs for advanced lung cancer patients in both countries.

In his new study published in the Palliative Medicine journal, Dr. Murray Krahn and his research colleagues compares end-of-life costs in Ontario, Canada, and the United States, using administrative health data. The article: "An international comparison of costs of end-of-life care for advanced lung cancer patients using health administrative data" was also highlighted by the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto in the News Section. The authors point out that: "Our study contributes important data about costs for cancer patients at the end of life, to complement the consideration of other factors in the evaluation of models of care before dying."

Posted on Oct 19, 2015


THETA Collaborative participates in TGRI Research Day

On October 6th 2015 THETA Collaborative participated in the Toronto General Research Institute (TGRI) Research Day. "This event is a celebration of TGRI achievements in basic and clinical research and an opportunity to promote interdepartmental and cross pillar collaborations among researchers.   TGRI Research Day is open to all TGRI Scientists, Clinician Scientists, trainees and staff." THETA's  contribution to this event consists of nine abstracts, three of which will be showcased as posters.

Posters

Rac VE, Abrahamyan L, Pechlivanoglou P, Shahid N, Wong J, Sahakyan Y, Fan I, Hunting G, Carcone S, Stanimirovic A, Petrosyan Y, Ryan W, Chung S, Pham B, Mitsakakis N, Krahn MD Complex Interventions for Comparative Effectiveness and Health Technology Assessment.

Ieraci L,  Pechlivanoglou P, Bayley M, Kapral M, Fang J, Li S, Krahn MD. Real-world effectiveness of stroke units in Ontario. A matched cohort analysis.

Bremner KE, de Oliveira C, Liu N, Greenberg ML, Nathan PC, McBride ML, Krahn MD. Costs for children with cancer, pre-diagnosis and 1-year post-diagnosis: a population-based study in Ontario

Abstracts

Mitsakakis N, Krahn MD, Tomlinson G.  Analysis of aggregate health care cost data using Bayesian mixed models

Rac VE, Wong J, Mitsakakis N, Pechlivanoglou P, Carcone S, Krahn MD. Clinical effectiveness of the wound interdisciplinary team study

Rac VE, Shahid N, Sahakyan Y, Fan I, Stanimirovic A, Abrahamyan L, Krahn MD. Evaluating impact of Telehomecare on patient quality of life and satisfaction 

Sahakyan Y, Rac VE, Fan I, Ieraci L, Hall R, Kelloway L, van Velde G, Kapral MK, Bayley M, Krahn MD. Structure and function of stroke units in Ontario in 2013-2014

Hunting G, Shahid N, Sahakyan Y, Fan I, Moneypenny C, Stanimirovic A, North T, Petrosyan Y, Krahn MD, Rac VE. Evaluating the Implementation and Adoption of Telehomecare in Ontario

Rac VE, Sahakyan Y, Shahid N, Stanimirovic A, Fan I, Ryan W,  Pechlivanglou P, Abrahamyan L, Krahn M. The impact of Telehomecare on COPD and HF patient monitoring parameters

Boehme KE, Jamal M, Perlis N, Bremner KE, Alibhai S MH, Finelli A, Ritvo P, Krahn MD, Kulkarni GS. Validating the Bladder Utility Symptom Scale-Psychometric (BUSS-P)
2015 TGRI Research Day description and a banner image adapted from TGRI website. Posted on Oct 5, 2015


THETA's poster presentation at the 21st Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Wound Care

THETA staff will present their work at yet another conference this year: the Canadian Association of Wound Care's 21st Annual Conference, which will be held in Toronto, at the Westin Harbour Castle, October 29 through November 1, 2015. The conference is a four-day continuing education event designed to support health-care professionals who work with patients with wounds or who are at risk for developing wounds. This year’s conference continues the CAWC’s practice of addressing gaps in knowledge and practice as informed by the expressed needs of professionals working in the field of wound care. Sessions, will be presented by experts in their fields from across Canada and the U.S. and a minimum of 25% of each session will be devoted to active learning activities.

Poster presentation

Patients’ and healthcare providers’ experiences with community-based wound care service in Toronto. Woo KY, Wong J, MD, Rice K, Laura Teague L, Coelho S, Haratsidis E, Carcone S, MSc, Krahn MD, Rac VE.

2015 Conference description and a banner image adapted from CAWC website. Posted on Oct 2, 2015


Dr Valeria Rac presents at the prestigious American Heart Association's conference: Scientific Sessions 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Valeria Rac, Associate Program Director; Director Clinical Research Division, for having an opportunity to present the following work at the Scientific Sessions 2015, November 10, 2015, in Orlando, FL, USA, the leading cardiovascular conference in the United States:

Improving monitoring outcomes and quality of life for heart failure patients in telehomecare program. Rac VE, Sahakyan Y, Shahid N, Stanimirovic A, Fan I, Ryan W, Pechlivanoglou P, Abrahamyan L, Krahn MD.

"Scientific Sessions began in 1925 – the year after the American Heart Association was founded – and has run continuously ever since, save for a hiatus during World War II.[…] Nearly 18,000 attendees from more than 100 countries will gather on Sunday Nov 7 through Wednesday Nov 11. Another 1.5 million professional attendees are expected to be involved virtually, absorbing groundbreaking insights, lectures from prestigious speakers and thought-provoking discussions about basic, translational, clinical and population science." (AHA, 2015)

2015 Conference description and photo from AHA blog website. Posted on Sept 18, 2015


  THETA Staff presence at the Health Quality Transformation Conference.

Health Quality Transformation is Canada’s leading conference on health quality bringing this year over sixty thought leaders and health system innovators. HQT2015 will be held on October 14, 2015, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  Click here to view the full conference agenda and review each of the day’s unique breakout sessions.

THETA Collaborative will contribute the following poster presentations:

Patient Quality of Life and Satisfaction with Telehomecare. Rac VE, Shahid N, Sahakyan Y, Fan I, Stanimirovic A, Abrahamyan L, Krahn M

Impact of Telehomecare Program on Monitoring Parameters Among Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Heart Failure Patients in Ontario, Canada. Rac VE, Sahakyan Y, Shahid N, Stanimirovic A, Fan I, Ryan W,  Pechlivanglou P, Abrahamyan L, Krahn M

Patients’ and Healthcare Providers’ Experiences with Community-Based Wound Care Service in Toronto. Rac VE, Wong J, Rice K, Teague L, Coelho S, Haratsidis E, Carcone S, Krahn MD, Woo KY.

2015 Conference description and photo adapted from HQT website. Posted on Sept 16, 2015


THETA Collaborative presents at the upcoming Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) 2015 - 37th Annual North American Meeting, October 18 - October 21, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri.

This year’s theme: Implementation. SMDM is uniquely positioned to bring experts from a broad range of health science disciplines together to explore implementation and exchange ideas on how to improve the translation of research findings into better bedside care and health care utilization.

Congratulations to all team members whose work has been accepted for presentations at the conference.

Courses

Decision Modelling Using R. Course Director: Pechlivanoglou P, MSc, PhD; Course Faculty: Mitsakakis N, MSc PhD , Abrahamyan L, MD MPH PhD, Wong WWL, Ph.D.

Issues in the Analysis of Health Care Cost Data. Course Director: Mitsakakis N, MSc PhD

Oral presentation

Current treatment for chronic hepatitis B (CHB): A systematic review and a network meta-analysis. Wong W, Pechlivanoglou P, Erman A, Saeed Y, Tadrous M, Younis M, Zaki Rayad N, Bielecki J, Rac VE, Krahn M.

Complex Interventions for Comparative Effectiveness and Health Technology Assessment. Rac VE, Abrahamyan L, Pechlivanoglou P, Shahid N, Wong J, Sahakyan Y, Fan I, Hunting G, Carcone S, Stanimirovic A, Petrosyan Y, Ryan W, Chung S, Pham B, Mitsakakis N, Krahn MD

Burden of community-acquired clostridium difficile infection in Ontario, Canada: A population-based study. Nanwa N, Sander B, Krahn M, Daneman N, Lu H, Austin P, Govindarajan A, Rosella L, Cadarette S, Kwong J.

Predicting utility scores for myelofibrosis patients: mapping the myelofibrosis symptom assessment form and myeloproliferative symptom assessment form to the EUROQOL-5D. Lee CH, Bremner K, Grootendorst P, Ringash J, Krahn M, Mitsakakis N.

A cost-effectiveness analysis of minimal residual disease testing for the management of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Gajic-Veljanoski O, Pham B, Pechlivanoglou P, Gupta S, Gibson P, Rae C, Krahn M.

Cost-effectiveness of telehomecare for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Canada. Nam A, Erman A, Krahn M.

One year healthcare cost and utilization in adults with chronic pain. Hogan ME, Shah V, Katz J, Taddio A, Krahn M.

Poster presentations

Impact of telehomecare program on monitoring parameters among COPD and HF patients. Rac VE, Sahakyan Y, Shahid N, Stanimirovic A, Fan I, Ryan W, Pechlivanoglou P, Abrahamyan L, Krahn M.

New model of healthcare delivery-telehomecare program for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure (HF) patients in Ontario, Canada. Rac VE, Sahakyan Y, Shahid N, Stanimirovic A, Fan I, Ryan W, Krahn M.

Cost-utility analysis of oral antiseptic chlorhexidine in decreasing ventilator-associated pneumonia in intensive care units. Lee S, Pechlivanoglou P, Azarpazhooh A, McCredie V, Krahn M, Quinonez C.

Factors affecting the delivery of a pharmacist-led medication review. Evidence from the Medscheck annual service in Ontario. Pechlivanoglou P, Abrahamyan L, Mackeigan L, Dolovich L, Consiglio G, Rac VE, Shin J, Cadarette S, Krahn M.

Implementation and adoption of the telehomecare program for patients with heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Rac VE, Hunting G, Shahid N, Sahakyan Y, Fan I, Moneypenny C, Stanimirovic A, Petrosyan Y, Krahn M.

Social Media as a key tool to recruit rare disease patients for clinical researchers. Lee CH, Krahn M, Mitsakakis N.

Impact of telehomecare program on patients' quality of life and disease-management skills. Rac VE, Sahakyan Y, Shahid N, Fan I, Krahn M.

Estimation of fibrosis progression rates for chronic hepatitis C: A systematic review and meta-analysis update. [Lee B. Lusted Finalists]. Erman A, Hansen T, Bielecki J, Krahn M, Thein HH.

Management of epilepsy in women contemplating pregnancy: A decision analysis model. [Lee B. Lusted Finalists]. D'Souza R, Breiner A, Sander B, Murphy K, Bermingham S, Krahn M.

Health utilities in adults with chronic pain. [Lee B Lusted Finalists, top rated abstract]. Hogan ME, Mitsakakis N, Shah V, Katz J, Krahn M.

Health utilities in marginalized chronic hepatitis C patients participating in a community-based hepatitis C program. [Lee B. Lusted Finalists]. Saeed Y, Mason K, Chung S, Altenberg J, Powis J, Bruneau J, Feld J, Feng Z, Mitsakakis N, Myers R, Rac VE, Bremner K, Krahn M, Wong W.

Posted on Sept 09, 2015


The Canadian government invests $4.5 mln in the National Collaborative Hepatitis C Network, THETA – one of the research partners.

The World Hepatitis Day, July 28th, coincides with THETA announcement that Dr. Murray Krahn and Dr. William Wong, THETA co-investigators, are joining the team of more than 60 researchers, healthcare professionals and partners across Canada to work on a new National Collaborative Hepatitis C Network. From the July 27, 2015 official press release: "The National Collaborative Hepatitis C Network [will be] focused on improving the health of Canadians living with hepatitis C and preventing new infections. [The network] was funded through a partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada."

Congratulations to Dr Krahn and Dr Wong for being part of this important initiative!

Other press releases: The University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM); CNW Newswire; Montreal Gazette;

Posted on July 28, 2015


HTX REACH issues its first “Call for Innovation”, offering funding to Ontario public healthcare delivery organizations to adopt innovative medical technologies.

 
In April, HTX.ca - The Health Technology Exchange established the new, HTX-led “REACH” Program (Resources for Evaluating, Adopting and Capitalizing on Innovative Healthcare Technology), supported by the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS). The first “Call for Innovation” is being released July 10, 2015, with Expressions of Interest due August 17, 2015, and invited Full Proposals due September 28, 2015.  Public healthcare delivery organizations and medical technology innovation companies can click HERE for details on the HTX website.[...] Please see full Press Release HERE.

Posted on July 14, 2015


THETA presence at ISPOR conference

The ISPOR 20th Annual International Meeting will be held  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 16-20, 2015, and THETA's health economist Petros Pechlivanoglou , MSc, PhD will be there teaching one of the workshop sessions and delivering a podium presentation:

Extrapolating All-Cause Mortality Estimates in Economic Evaluations: A Simulation Analysis. Pechlivanoglou P, Abrahamyan L, Paulden M, Pham B, Krahn MD. Podium presentation: May 18, 2015, 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Surviving the Submission: Best Practices in Overall Survival Extrapolation In Oncology. Sanatan Shreay, PhD, Andrew Briggs, DPhil, MSc, Rachel Beckerman, PhD, Petros Pechlivanoglou , PhD. Workshops - Session III, May 19, 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 Posted May 7, 2015




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