Research Report 2018

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Dr. Noah Ivers | Scientist and Family Physician

The right treatment at the right time

Within the healthcare system, clinicians often struggle with delivering the best evidence-based care to their patients with limited resources. As a family physician, Dr. Noah Ivers found himself frequently frustrated by the challenges of a system that seems sub-optimally organized and not patient-centred enough. Dr. Ivers conducts research that addresses this health gap by focusing on finding innovative approaches to ensure that patients reliably get the right treatment in the right way at the right time.

In the past, it has been difficult to get relevant data into the hands of healthcare providers to support them in improving care for their patients. By providing performance measurement and feedback to clinicians, Dr. Ivers is able to help them become more aware of areas of improvement and where their patients may benefit from changes in the way that they practice. He works with stakeholders across the province and around the world to find ways to measure and report quality of care in ways that enable providers to respond more effectively to care gaps.

Dr. Ivers is currently leading a new program funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to support the evaluation of feedback given to thousands of Ontario physicians. In this project, Dr. Ivers and his team will evaluate different strategies to address the current opioid crisis by giving doctors more support to safely manage high-risk prescriptions while also testing different approaches to improve patient outcomes. The project also involves working with partners to design new initiatives aimed at improving antibiotic prescribing to prevent another emerging public health crisis of antimicrobial resistance. The project will give doctors a clear sense of how their prescribing habits compare to the ideal and provide tools and resources to improve them. Dr. Ivers hopes to help front-line providers achieve population health goals and prevent future crises.