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Health-system Solutions

Women’s College Research Institute is a leader in enhancing the health of women and improving health-care for all. WCRI is building a legacy of challenging systemic barriers to health, and developing, piloting and evaluating innovative models of care that improve health services for women and their families at Women’s College, across Ontario and around the world.

Innovative technological applications

Women’s College Research Institute’s scientists are harnessing technology to help patients everywhere access the care they need.

Dr. John Semple has tested a mobile app that patients and surgeons can use to exchange information and monitor post-surgery recovery remotely. This work promises to reduce unnecessary follow-up appointments while enhancing patients’ access to follow-up care at the exact time when they need it.

Building capacity, breaking down silos

Women’s College Research Institute builds capacity by sharing knowledge with front-line workers and local communities. By breaking down systemic and cultural barriers to health care, WCRI scientists are reaching out to some of the most underserved populations in Canada and around the world.

Dr. Robin Mason has developed online, interactive curricula designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and practices of those who work with patients or clients who have experienced violence and abuse.

Dr. Mona Loutfy is teaching health-care workers, policy makers and communities that people with HIV can plan healthy families. The effects of this are being seen in fertility clinics that now counsel and care for people who have well-managed HIV and are ready to build a family.

Improving the quality of healthcare

Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya applies principles from technology start-ups to design and test new models of care, particularly for patients with complex needs.

Dr. Noah Ivers is focused on systematically developing and evaluating initiatives that aim to improve quality in primary care

Examining systemic barriers to health

To solve the most pervasive health-care problems, WCRI is working to identify the most pervasive barriers that block people from accessing the best health care.

Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe is working to understand factors that increase the risk of breast cancer in women with diabetes and why these women get fewer mammograms overall.

Dr. Ophira Ginsburg leads research to identify disparities in access and use of cancer services and to improve outcomes for ethno-cultural minority and immigrant women.

Improving research to improve healthcare

When it comes to prescribing medicines and treatment recommendations, doctors rely on published studies. However many of these studies are biased – for example, data that shows a drug to be ineffective or unsafe is often left unpublished. Dr. An-Wen Chan’s work is improving the transparency of published research, so that doctors’ treatment decisions are based on the best evidence.

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Find out how Women's College Research Institute is making an impact on women's health

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto
  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)