Compassionate Health Technology:
People and Projects

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Funding recipients and featured projects

We fund projects that improve the delivery of compassionate care and build healthcare's future leaders.


How do we assess the effectiveness of teaching compassionate, person-centered care in medical faculties?


Award: Thematic grant (2018 and 2016) and Fellowship (2012)

Co-sponsor: University of Toronto

Themes:

  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Medical education and curricula
  • Person-centered care

Although we’re starting to understand how to teach compassion, we still don’t know how to tell if medical students and physicians have learned this and if our teaching has been effective. The goal of this grant was to consider how to make such evaluations.

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Using technology to deliver compassionate mental health care


Award: Phoenix Project Fellowship (2018)

Co-sponsor: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

The goal of Gillian’s fellowship was to identify how we can use technology to deliver compassionate care in mental health settings.

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Creating compassionate communities within pediatrics


Award: Phoenix Project Fellowship (2018)

Co-sponsor: Queen’s University

Themes:

  • Patient data
  • Patient/family/caregiver voices
  • Wearable technology

This project involved using wearable technology to capture children’s stories of the barriers they face in their daily lives. By capturing their stories in real-time and in their own words, the project provided useful data. That data was shared with rehabilitation and engineering students within virtual reality environments.

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Advance care planning (ACP) for older adults with dementia


Award: Phoenix Project Fellowship (2018)

Co-sponsor: The Centre for Family Medicine, Family Health Team

Themes:

  • Person-centered care

Linda designed her fellowship to help frontline healthcare workers improve timely, sensitive, person-centred advance care planning (ACP).  In particular, she was interested in how to offer ACP to older adults with dementia and include their care partners.

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Exploring the implications of artificial intelligence in healthcare


Award: Phoenix Project Fellowship (2018)

Co-sponsor: Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care

Themes:

  • Artificial intelligence

James’s project involved bringing a responsible-innovation approach to healthcare’s growing interest in artificial intelligence (AI).

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Developing character-based leadership in medical education


Award: Phoenix Project Fellowship (2018)

Co-sponsor: Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Themes:

  • Leadership development
  • Medical education and curricula

Nabil’s fellowship focused on nurturing compassionate care using character-based leadership (CBL). CBL is a leadership education approach that stresses a commitment to values and principles in the face of everyday situational pressures.

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