Dr. Melissa Brouwers is the head of Health Services Research in the Department of Oncology. She leads this effort with projects aimed to identify organizational, provider, and consumer knowledge translations interventions of known effectiveness, and then creates tools and resources that enable the implementation of these interventions. Understanding how to improve the uptake of knowledge into practice and decision-making is a key part of improving access and quality of cancer care and a major theme that cuts across all projects of the HSR-KT team.
Dr. Brouwers leads the Program in Evidence-Based Care (PEBC), a 40-person team that will serve as the Quality of Care & Knowledge Translation unit of the Escarpment Cancer Research Institute (ECRI). It is already the best resourced team of its kind in Canada and has overseen the transformation of research evidence into over 200 clinical practice guidelines.
"By showing the value of these standards, we’re influencing the entire health care system", says Dr. Brouwers.
Over the next five years, her focus will be on interventional research to reduce the gap between guidelines' recommendations and clinical practice, and the development of tools to help policy makers navigate uncertainty in health care decisions.