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Welcome to Innovative Thinking, a new platform created to share the latest in knowledge development at Telfer School with the community, academics, and potential research collaborators.

Be inspired by a selection of innovative research ideas, from articles published by our faculty in top-management journals to award-winning research projects. Telfer School’s Innovative Thinking shows our commitment towards research excellence without losing sight of our impactful role in the community.

Doctors taking off protective equipment

Working with The Ottawa Hospital’s orthopedics division, a team of Telfer researchers has come up with a tool to help health organizations seeking to distribute and use PPE and other surgical resources efficiently. The research team analyzed data on PPE and other resource supply, usage and availability during the elective surgery shutdown in the orthopedics division. Based on this information, they developed an analytics tool that not only helps health managers and professionals resume elective surgeries but also considers the limited availability of PPE during the pandemic. Read more ›

Examining Primary Health Care for Patients with Mental Illness

A Telfer-led research project titled “Primary Care for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness” is receiving nearly $1 million in funding over five years from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to examine how primary care providers can offer better primary health care for people living with serious mental illness. Professor Agnes Grudniewicz and her research team hope their analysis will better explain the primary health care experience of this population group, what types of primary care service this population uses, and how to improve the primary care system. Read more ›

Do “Shared Mental Models” Improve Decision-Making and Planning for Health Care Teams?

Professor Agnes Grudniewicz received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant to study to what extent interprofessional teams use shared mental models and to what degree the structure of an organization influences their use by interprofessional teams. Her study will compare two types of primary care environments: the community health centre and the family health team. The two differ in their strategic efforts, governance and physician renumeration. Read more ›

How Ottawa-Gatineau Residents Perceive Radon Health Risks

Ottawa-Gatineau residents can be exposed to an increased concentration of radon gas due the geographical location of the area, combined with long winters and building design. Selim Khan and Telfer Professor Samia Chreim sought to determine what encourages and hinders residents to test their homes and when they felt the need to adopt appropriate preventive measures. Read more ›

How Can Digital Technologies Promote Behavioural Change?

Professor Pavel Andreev received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant to study how behavioural change support systems can facilitate sustained change through habit formation and to develop habit formation support system design principles. Read more ›

Giving Caregivers and Dementia Patients a Break: An Innovative Adult Day Program Model

Professor Mirou Jaana, full professor at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, studied a new and innovative adult day program model developed at Ottawa’s Algonquin College in collaboration with a local community resource centre. Read more ›

Solving Patient Scheduling Problems through Analytics

Professor Jonathan Patrick received a Natural Science and Engineering Research Council Discovery Grant to optimize analytic models for improved scheduling, planning, and decision-making challenges in various health care settings. Read more ›

Emerging Researcher of the Year in 2020: Agnes Grudniewicz

Assistant Professor Agnes Grudniewicz receives the 2020 Telfer Research Excellence Award as Emerging Researcher of the Year. Find out more. Read more ›

Health care workers in hospital

The development of advanced analytics models can help health organizations identify the most effective policies and organizational arrangements needed to adjust to a new reality. Researchers at the Telfer School of Management are working on the development of advanced analytics models to support health organization in better planning and managing their capacity. Such models may also inform health policy officials, so they design policies that reflect both the allocation of resources and the demands for long-term care from hospitals and the community. Read more ›

A New Computer-Based Tool to Help Manage The Ottawa Hospital Home Dialysis Program

Antoine Sauré and Ahmet Kandakoglu teamed up with The Nephrology Division of The Ottawa Hospital to develop a computer-based tool that will help nursing staff to streamline the development of nurses’ schedules and their daily itineraries. Read more ›

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