Award: Recognizing clinical innovation in Ontario

Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Fraser on receiving a 2018 Innovation Fund Award in the category of Women and Children from the Innovation Fund Provincial Oversight Committee.

Dr. Fraser, Associate Professor in Paediatrics, Physiology & Pharmacology and Clinical Neurological Sciences, worked with Dr. Karen Choong at McMaster University’s Department of Pediatrics, on a project entitled, “Functional Recovery in Critically Ill Children: The ‘Weecover’ Longitudinal Cohort Study".

The cohort study, conducted at the Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) at McMaster Children’s Hospital and London Health Sciences Centre, evaluated long-term functional outcomes and quality of life in critically ill children. The study also qualitatively determined the outcomes deemed most important to patients and families.

Key findings confirmed that ‘post-intensive care syndrome’ exists in children and is being used to develop strategies to improve survival after critical illness. “We have determined that functioning and quality of life are responsive, patient-centred outcomes that should replace mortality as the definitive outcome in PICU research,” Drs. Choong and Fraser write.

The Innovation Fund is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association, resulting from the Academic Health Science Centre Alternative Funding Plan. The Fund targets one- to two-year projects promoting clinical innovation that can be both translatable and scalable across the province.

The Innovation Fund Awards program recognizes the most promising projects from those that have been funded through the initiative.

The Innovation Fund is adjudicated locally by the Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario (AMOSO). To date, more than $14 million has been funded in the region through AMOSO.