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Patient-centered research for better health and healthcare

Susan Law

             
    St. Mary’s Research Centre
     Principal Scientist

    McGill University
      Associate Professor
      Departement of family medicine

    Contact informations:

      Email: Susan.law@mcgill.ca

      Phone number : 514-345-3511 ext. 6420

 

 


Keywords : Qualitative research, Health experiences, Patient engagement, Knowledge transfer and exchange, Priority-setting

Research themes :

  • Health experiences
  • Patient engagement
  • Health services research
  • Qualitative research
  • Knowledge translation

Research interests :

Dr Law is an Associate Professor at the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. She is based at St. Mary's Hospital, a community-based McGill-affiliated institution, where she is one of the Principal Scientist and Director of the St. Mary's Research Centre. Dr. Law is currently involved in a number of research projects including experiences of illness and  patient engagement in a number of clinical areas, health informatics in primary care, and a Kazakhstan government/ World Bank project in Kazakhstan on health research infrastructure.

She is the principal investigator for the Canadian health experiences initiative which has published its first web module on family caregiving, near completion of the second on breast cancer, and starting a third on immigrant mental health (see: www.healthexperiences.ca). This work is part of an international collaboration (see: www.dipexinternational.org)  where the results of qualitative research are presented as online modules for patients and professionals about the range of lived experiences featuring video and audio extracts from these collections. She is also co-investigator on a recent Canadian Institutes of health research's Partnerships for Health System Improvement  grant involving a new intersectoral research collaboration on planning for healthy northern communities in partnership with the Cree Health Board of Quebec.

 

Publications

Selected Publications

  1. Adatia S, Law S, Haggerty J. Room for improvement: noise on a maternity ward. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014 Nov 29;14:604. doi: 10.1186/s12913-014-0604-3.
  2. McCusker J, Yaffe, M, Kates N, Mulvale G, Jayabarathan A, Law S, Haggerty J. Developing an evaluation framework for consumer-centered collaborative care of depression using input from stakeholders. Cdn J Psychiatry 2012 58(3):160-168.
  3. Sutherland K, Leatherman S, Law S, Verma J, Petersen S. Chartbook: Shining a Light on the Quality of Healthcare in Canada. HealthcarePapers 2012 12(1): 10-24.
  4. Mitton C, Dionne F, Masucci L, Wong S, Law S. Innovations in health service organization and delivery in northern rural and remote regions: a review of the literature. Int J Circumpolar Health 2011 70(5):460-472.
  5. Law S. Collaboration for Change. Invited commentary in Using Evidence: Advances and Debates in Bridging Health Research and Action. An AHPRC Oxford KT Monograph edited by R Lyons, Dalhousie University, 2010.

 

Other Scientific Publications : 

Law S. Collaboration for Change. Invited commentary in Using Evidence: Advances and Debates in Bridging Health Research and Action. An AHPRC Oxford KT Monograph edited by R Lyons, Dalhousie University, 2010.

McCusker J, Yaffe, M, Kates N, Mulvale G, Jayabarathan A, Law S, Haggerty J. Developing an evaluation framework for consumer-centered collaborative care of depression using input from stakeholders. Cdn J Psychiatry 2012 58(3):160-168.

Sutherland K, Leatherman S, Law S, Verma J, Petersen S. Chartbook: Shining a Light on the Quality of Healthcare in Canada. HealthcarePapers 2012 12(1): 10-24.

Mitton C, Dionne F, Masucci L, Wong S, Law S. Innovations in health service organization and delivery in northern rural and remote regions: a review of the literature. Int J Circumpolar Health 2011 70(5):460-472.

Brosseau M, Morrison E, Checkley J, Rathwell T, Sheps S, Law S. Aligning the stars – shrinking the gap between health services decision-making and research in Canada. Journal of Management and Marketing in Healthcare – EHMA Special Issue Vol 3, No 1: 28-39, April 2010.

Law S, Flood C, and Gagnon D on behalf of the LfD III partners. Listening for Direction III: National Consultation on Health Services and Policy Issues 2007-2010. Final Report. Ottawa: CHSRF, February 2008.

Law S and Gagnon D on behalf of the LfD III partners. Listening for Direction III: Report on the Northern Dialogues. Ottawa: CHSRF, February 2008.

Lomas J, Culyer T, McCutcheon C, McAuley L, Law S. Conceptualizing and Combining Evidence for Health System Guidance. Ottawa: CHSRF, May 2005.

 

Research report

  • McCutcheon C, Macdonald ME, Law S, Loufti D. Health Planning for Indigenous Populations: An Evidence Brief. Montreal: St. Mary’s Research Centre, July 2015.
  • Law S, Flood C, and Gagnon D on behalf of the LfD III partners. Listening for Direction III: National Consultation on Health Services and Policy Issues 2007-2010. Final Report. Ottawa: CHSRF, February 2008.
  • Law S and Gagnon D on behalf of the LfD III partners. Listening for Direction III: Report on the Northern Dialogues. Ottawa: CHSRF, February 2008.
  • Lomas J, Culyer T, McCutcheon C, McAuley L, Law S. Conceptualizing and Combining Evidence for Health System Guidance. Ottawa: CHSRF, May 2005.

 

Selected KT activities

Primary Care and Policy Conference, May 6, 2016, Montreal. Susan is a member of the organizing and scientific committee (Howard Bergman, Chair) working to bring together multiple perspectives on the problems in primary care in Quebec with the purpose to formulate the basis of new evidence-based directions for policy in Quebec, learning from experiences in Quebec and leaders from other countries. 

Qualitative Research Methods for Health Experiences Research – Training Workshop October 5-8, 2015. St. Mary’s Research Centre will be hosting a training workshop for qualitative researchers on the approach developed by Oxford University Health Experiences Research Group to conduct qualitative studies of people’s experiences of illness using video/audio recording. Featuring senior qualitative research leads in the UK (Professor Sue Ziebland) and USA (Professor Rachel Grob). 

Inaugural McGill-St. Mary’s Lecture on Patient Engagement, April 22, 2015, McGill Faculty Club, Montreal. St. Mary’s hosted a special public lecture featuring Dr. Tim Gilligan, Co-Director of the Centre for Excellence in Healthcare Communication from the Cleveland Clinic; presentation: The Power of Relationship-Centered Communication in Healthcare. The presentation was followed by a panel including perspectives from a patient representative and education leads from McGill and St. Mary’s. Approximately 150 people attended– academics, clinicians, managers, and members of the public.  

Experience-Based Co-Design Workshop, February 10, 2015. Invitational interactive workshop with researchers and project leads involved in experience-based co-design initiatives in Quebec and Ontario. Co-led by Susan Law and Dr. Louise Locock, Director of Applied Research, Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford. Approximately 24 people attended.Related news

 

Related website:  (add logo)

 http://www.healthexperiences.ca/en/

Experience video and audio clips of in-depth interviews with real people: Healthexperiences.ca reflect Canadian's experiences of illness and health. It provides trusted information based on rigorous qualitative research led by experts at McGill University and St. Mary's Research Centre, in collaboration with the University of Oxford and the UK's award-winning website Healthtalkonline.org

 

Research Grants (scroll menu)

Principal Investigator

  • Experiences of women with perinatal mental health problems. Law, S (PI), Schwartz, H (PI), Ormel I (co-I). Funded by Royal Bank of Canada, July 2015-December 2016.
  • Experience-based co-design on a Geriatric Assessment Unit. Law S (PI), Hidalgo M, Fung S. Funded by Dylla Family (private donor). July 2015-June 2016.
  • Looking Forward: Co-designing a cancer survivorship program. Faria S (Nominated Principal Applicant), Law S (Principal Applicant), Allard M (Knowledge User. Funded by CIHR – SPOR Patient Collaboration Grant. March 2015-February 2016.
  • Engaging patients, families, and professionals at the bedside using whiteboards. Law S (PI), Yaffe M (co-PI), Haggerty J, Antonacci R, Carfagnini L, Laframboise D. Funded by St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation. C.A.R.E. Competition.November 2014-October 2016.
  • New immigrants’ experiences of depression and anxiety: Healthtalk online. Heward C (Applicant), Law S (PI). Funded by Bell Canada. Community Fund Grant. August 2015-February 2016.
  • Experiences of women with breast cancer. Law S (PI) with Ormel I (Project Coordinator), Stern D. Funded by St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation October 2013-December 2015.

 Co-Investigator:

  • A collaborative evaluation of the Iiyuu Ahtaawin Miyupimaatisilun Planning (IAMP) initiative for Cree health. Macdonald ME (PI), Law S (co-PI), Torrie J (PKU), Brassard P, Andersson N, Humphries M, Carlin R. Funded by Canadian Institutes of health research's Partnerships for Health System Improvement grant. September 2015-August 2018.
  • Design, implementation, and evaluation of a perinatal mental health clinic in Montreal. McCusker J (PI), Schwartz H (co-PI), Law S (co-I). Funded by Royal Bank of Canada, September 2015-February 2017.
  • Looking Forward: the impact of a supportive re-entry program tailored by and for patients completing cancer treatment. Faria R (PI), Allard M, David M, Faria S, Goldenberg L, Haggerty J, Hijal T, Michaels G, Pineault M, Law S. Funded by Rossy Cancer Network. Research Grant. December 2014-November 2015.
  • Women’s experience of breast cancer. Stern D (PI), Law S (co-PI), Hijal T, Kopek N. Rossy Funded by Cancer Network. Research Grant. November 2014-October 2015.
  • Collaborative, community-based research in Northern Quebec: Intersectoral planning for healthy communities. Macdonald M E (PI), Law S (co-PI), Macaulay A, Andermann A, Scott C, Humphries M, Brassard P, Jordan S.). Funded by CIHR. Planning grant. March 2013-December 2014.
  • Évaluation des bénéfices de l’implantation et de l’utilisation de la téléconsultation dans les établissements de santé du Québec. Lapointe L, Hughes J, Vedel I, Lortie M, Law S. Funded by Canada Health Infoway. RFQ. Funded: August, 2012 - September, 2013.
  • The impact of mature EMRs in primary care. Lapointe L, Hughes J, Simkus R, Lortie M, Vedel I, Law S. Funded by Canada Health Infoway. RFQ March, 2012 to November, 2012.
  • Macaulay A (PI). Co-applicants: Law S and Salsberg J. Experiences of health and illness: evaluation of the development and impact of an evidence-based web site featuring peoples’ stories of caregiving. Funded by CFPC. Janus Grant. September 2012-February 2014.

 

Research teams

 

Patient engagement

Marcela Hidalgo, Project Coordinator

Jeannie Haggerty, Ph.D. (co-PI)

Safina Adatia, MSc Student (Family Medicine)

Kaleigh Meisner, Summer Intern, MSc student (UNB)

 

Health experiences

Ilja Ormel, MPH, Project Coordinator

Martina Marien, BSc, research assistant

David Loutfi, MSc, Research Assistant and Ph.D. Student (Family Medicine)

Victoria Law, Summer Intern, MSc student (MUN)

Debbie Josephson, MD, Physician Advisor