VHA Research


A More Connected System

VHA Research


A More Connected System

To inform and evaluate ongoing efforts to increase integration throughout the health care system, we are prioritizing research on integrated care and its impacts on clients, families, care providers, and the health care system at large.
Champlain Rehab Solutions' physiotherapist helps a client

Investigating Physical Therapy Practice in the Evolving Ontario Healthcare System

This study aims to describe the experience of PTs working in an integrated homecare setting and the colleagues working with them, to better understand PT practice in the integrated care setting.
A sick elderly staying at a hospital

Examining Care Transitions to Hospital and Back Home for Home Care Clients

The goal of this project is to shed light on who is receiving home care services and experiencing transitions to hospital.
Asian woman consult with online doctor for medical healthcare in house. Freelance girl worker patient work at home due to Covid 19 crisis talk to Therapist on virtual telemedicine video call on screen

Virtual COVID-19
Recovery Pathway
(VICORPA)

This study builds upon the existing virtual post-discharge COVID-19 monitoring pathway at the hospital and utilize measurement tools from the Home 2day COPD program, to study how well an 8-week virtual rehabilitation pathway works.
Hand holding a phone that says "911 Emergency Call"

Is 911 the answer?
Emergency medical
services use in homecare

We are completing a retrospective chart review of events where EMS was called to determine if the situation could have been addressed without transport to the Emergency Department. Reducing unnecessary emergency department visits is one way to address hallway medicine.
Man in hospital bed

Maintaining critical capacity: A winter surge initiative at Michael Garron Hospital

VHA is working together with a local hospital and Ontario Health Team to create health system solutions that extended beyond the emergency department. A participatory, collaborative approach was used to identify and fund homecare, primary care, and community-led initiatives.
Physiotherapist helps client with exercises

Navigating the grey zone of physiotherapy assistant autonomy in homecare

This study explored the perspectives of PTs and PTAs providing homecare services in Ontario regarding their experiences since the 2013 introduction of PTAs into homecare rehabilitation teams.