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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Bruyère Research Institute

The HWS blog proudly presents an illuminating new series called RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT. Over the next year, we will be shining the HWS light on the 24 research hospitals that make up CAHO to discover how their research is contributing to a healthier, wealthier, smarter Ontario. First up? The Bruyère Research Institute, located in Ottawa.

Celebrating Innovation at the Bruyère Research Institute

On Sept. 24, the Bruyère Research Institute (BRI) celebrated its 2nd Annual Research Day with events designed as an opportunity to celebrate successes from the last year and to raise awareness of the innovative research being conducted by its investigators, staff and students.

“As an academic research health care organization, Bruyère is always proud to showcase its research achievements,” says Bruyère president and CEO Bernie Blais. “Research Day is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the incredible work happening at the BRI.”

Research Snapshots: Improving Long-Term Care

Co-presented by the University of Ottawa’s Department of Family Medicine, Research Day attendees spent the morning listening to research ‘snapshots’ delivered in two minutes or less. Even with tight time limits, staff, students and investigators were more than up to the challenge and delivered insightful, creative, and informative glimpses in to the wonderful research they perform.

BRI Poster Display

Several of the snapshots came from the Bruyère Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation (CLRI), which aims to enhance quality of care in the long-term care sector through education, research, innovation, evidence-based service delivery and knowledge transfer. A few of the Bruyère CLRI projects featured in snapshots included: Using mathematics to plan capacity, Demystifying specialized units in long-term care homes, and Case-costing in health care.

Perusing BRI’s Research Gallery

Next up was the poster showcase, where attendees were invited to peruse a gallery of more than 40 research posters that summarized a few of the research studies being conducted by the BRI’s investigators, staff and students.

BRI Poster Display - looking at the research

Research Impacting Patient Care: Deprescribing Initiative

Many of the research projects included in the poster showcase illustrated the impact the BRI’s research is having on patient care. Among them is the innovative Deprescribing initiative. Deprescribing is the planned and supervised process of dose-reduction or the stopping of medications that may be causing harm or are no longer beneficial to the patient. BRI investigators are part of a research team, funded by the Government of Ontario, which is producing a series of deprescribing guidelines that help evaluate the ongoing indication and safety of medications and provide approaches to reduce dosage and monitor effects. It is in the interest of Bruyère and of the health care system as a whole to reduce or stop a patient’s medications that may no longer have any benefits, cause harmful effects and create unnecessary costs.

Deprescribing Initiative


Research Impacting Patient Care: Stroke Rehabilitation

BRI also has a team of virtual reality researchers who participated in the event. They are investigating the impact of virtual reality training on stroke rehabilitation patients and can already confirm that such training has had an impact on patients from Bruyère’s stroke rehabilitation program.

Virtual Reality for Stroke Rehabilitation

Research Impacting Patient Care: Best Evidence Review Group (BERG)

The poster showcase also featured the Best Evidence Review Group (BERG), a new initiative that sees BRI researchers conduct rapid reviews of best evidence and practice of clinically-relevant patient care questions at Bruyère. Questions have come in a variety of topics and range in subjects from preventing falls in long-term care environments to determining the best living environments for people living with dementia. BERG is a perfect example of how research conducted by BRI is having a direct impact on how care is being delivered at Bruyère.

Research Plays a Vital Role in Improving Patient Care 

“Research Day was a huge success again this year,” proudly exclaims Dr. Peter Walker, CEO and scientific director of the BRI. “We have to continue to enlighten the Bruyère community and partner organizations on the vital role BRI plays in the health care system. It is the innovative research being conducted by BRI investigators, staff and students that helps Bruyère be a leader in seniors care.”

The success of Research Day serves as a reminder of the value of having research conducted on-site in health care organizations. In addition to showcasing the diversity of research being conducted by BRI investigators, the event reinforced the impact BRI research is making in the scientific community, as well as on patient care being delivered just a few feet down the hall.


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