"The CAHO Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC) Program is helping to construct Ontario's evidence implementation pathway,” says Karen Michell, Executive Director of CAHO.“ Ontario's research hospitals are working collaboratively to bring high impact evidence from one member institution to improve the quality of care across all of our member hospitals. The TDM is a great example of how evidence can improve the quality and productivity of the mental health care delivery."
“The TDM ARTIC Project will enable the dissemination of knowledge across and link together
hospitals to community-based peer support groups,” says Deborrah Sherman, Executive Director of the Ontario Peer Development Initiative (OPDI). “This coordination as the client transitions from the hospital to community will ensure continued support and reduce the chance of a return trip to the hospital.”
Nine hospitals are participating in the program: Baycrest (Toronto), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto), Hôpital Montfort (Ottawa), London Health Sciences Centre (London), Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Whitby), Providence Care (Kingston), St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (Hamilton), St. Joseph’s Health Care London (London) and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (Thunder Bay).
The project is funded by a $1.5 million grant through the CAHO ARTIC Program. The goal of the program is to support the successful and rapid adoption of innovation into the practice of health care. It supports projects like the TDM to improve coordination and continuity of health care for patients/clients in transition, to reduce hospital stays and readmission rates, while improving quality of care.
Dr. Cheryl Forchuk, Assistant Director at Lawson and lead researcher on the TDM Project; Deborrah Sherman, Executive Director, Ontario Peer Development Initaitve (OPDI); Dr. David Hill, Scientific Director, Lawson; Karen Michell, Executive Director, CAHO.