Valeria E. Rac


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The Canadian F.I.G.H.T. (Fluorescence Image-Guided Help in Treating) Breast Cancer Surgical Trial

2017/18-2020/21 • $2,398,798 • PI,CO
Breast cancer, the most prevalent cancer in women, is treated by breast conservation surgery (BCS), where tumor is removed while preserving the maximum amount of healthy tissue. Under standard white light visualization, tumor borders are difficult for surgeons to visualize. Despite current best...

Effectiveness of Patient Oriented Discharge Summaries (PODS) on Care Transitions in Ontario

2019/20-2020/21 • $209,312 • PI,CO,Other
Individualized discharge plans improve communication and engage patients and families to ensure instructions are understood, meaningful, and actionable. The Patient-Oriented Discharge Summary (PODS) is a patient-facing discharge instruction tool co-designed with patients and caregivers to...

A Virtual Community promoting mental Health, psychosocial Adjustment, and peer supporT (vCHAT) for patients living with increased risk for COVID-19

2020/21 • $199,049 • PI,CO,Other
In the age of COVID-19, patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) or advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at increased risk of experiencing psychological distress, social isolation, and decreased quality of life. The potential threat of COVID-19 has placed increased strain on patients and...

Childhood Obesity Management Using Innovative Digital Technology: A "Real World" Randomized Community Trial

2020/21 • $122,494 • PI,CO
Childhood obesity is a major public health challenge in Canada. Without intervention, overweight children will likely continue to be overweight during adolescence and adulthood. If current trends continue, by 2040, up to 70% of adults aged 40 years will be either overweight or obese....

vCHAT-HF: a Virtual Community promoting Health literacy, self-cAre, and peer supporT for Heart Failure

2020/21 • $88,669 • PI,CO
International heart health societies advocate lifestyle counseling for chronic heart failure (CHF) to improve quality of life and self-care behavior (exercise, diet, medications, smoke-free living), and to decrease medical events such as hospitalization, emergency department (ED) visits, and...

Y-STROKE NEEDS Study: Psychosocial and Occupational Outcomes in Young Adults with Stroke

2020/21 • $86,667 • PI,CO
One third of brain strokes occur in people younger than 65 (working population) and these rates are increasing. Current research suggests that young patients recover well physically, but have challenges with emotional recovery, social relationships and employment after stroke. It is estimated...

Transformation of Indigenous Primary Healthcare Delivery (FORGE AHEAD): Enhancement and Adaptation of Community-driven Innovations and Scale-up Toolkits

2016/17-2019/20 • $652,110 • PI,CO,Other
In Canada, there are significant disparities between the health status of Indigenous peoples and the general population with respect to diabetes. Community-driven innovations, activated by quality improvement processes, have the potential to reform local healthcare. The goal of the proposed...

Understanding the treatment benefits of novel antiviral agents for hepatitis C: quality of life, health utility, cost, and return to work

2016/17-2019/20 • $470,169 • PI,CO
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) has been identified as having the highest health burden of any infectious disease pathogen. Direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) are new drugs that offer the promise of cure and substantially improved tolerability. Because of the expense of these DAAs, and the large...

Managing chronic pain in primary care-linking clinical and administrative data to identify opportunities for quality improvement

2017/18-2019/20 • $108,500 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Heart failure affects one million Canadians, with at least 50,000 new patients diagnosed each year. Current guidelines suggest that patients with heart failure (HF) be treated in a specialized, multidisciplinary clinic. The largest of these HF clinics is located at the Ted Rogers and Family...

Pathways to procurement: Processes, rationales and options for investing in health technology innovation

2014/15-2017/18 • $405,392 • PI,CO
New and innovative health technologies (e.g., surgical devices, imaging or laboratory diagnostics, etc.) offer opportunities to improve health, but typically at increased cost. Health policy makers usually focus on the challenges this creates for hospitals and other health care organizations,...

Assessing and improving the quality of care of patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

2014/15-2016/17 • $443,022 • PI,CO
Cardiac arrest, also known as cardiopulmonary arrest, refers to the sudden failure of the heart to contract effectively. Cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack, which means an impairment of blood flow to the heart muscle itself. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is one of the deadliest...

The Canadian F.I.G.H.T. (Fluorescence Image-Guided Help in Treating) Breast Cancer Surgical Trial

2015/16 • $100,000 • PI,CO
Breast cancer, the most prevalent cancer in women, is treated by breast conservation surgery (BCS), where tumor is removed while preserving the maximum amount of healthy tissue. Under standard white light visualization, tumor borders are difficult for surgeons to visualize. Despite current best...

Cross sectional and longitudinal measures of quality of life and utility among patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection

2014/15 • $100,000 • PI,CO
There are 70,000 patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) infection in Canada who have not been treated, even though effective treatment is available. In this study, we plan to measure the quality of life and economic burden of CHC infection. The quality of life of HCV patients is poorly...

Pilot KT intervention to address gender differences in access to post arrest care

2012/13-2013/14 • $218,994 • PI,CO
Heart disease is the most common cause of death in Canada. Forty thousand Canadians experience cardiac arrest each year. Thirty-three per cent of these are women. Women have a greater chance of surviving cardiac arrest long enough to reach the hospital. However, they have less chance than men do...

Cardiac Arrest: Saving a life is as easy as 1, 2, 3...

2011/12 • $3,000 • PI,CO
Cardiac arrest is a serious public health concern. Each year, more than 45,000 Canadians have a cardiac arrest. That is one cardiac arrest every 12 minutes. More than 90% of these patients die. This number has not changed in the last 30 years. Paramedics are often called to try and restart...

Gender Differences in Access to Post Arrest Care

2010/11 • $33,226 • PI,CO
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ICS IHSPR Travel Award

2010/11 • $1,000 • PI
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