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Research & Performance Support looking for physician feedback

Dr. Nerusha Selvendrarajah, a second year resident in the Psychiatry program supervised by Dr. Senthil Damodharan, presented her residency research project at the Saskatchewan Psychiatric Association Scientific Conference and Annual Meeting last month in Regina. Her study, titled "A study to explore the clinical usefulness of the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory and its constructs in routine acute inpatient psychiatric practice" won second prize in the poster category.

Vascular Surgery
Last month, a research study titled "Factors associated with delay in carotid endarterectomy for patients with symptomatic severe internal carotid artery stenosis", authored by Dr. David Kopriva, Daniel Meyer, and Dr. Erwin Karreman was accepted for publication in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

The Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2018 will be held on October 20-23, 2018 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada. It is the largest gathering of cardiovascular and allied health professionals in Canada. More information about the event is available at http://www.cardiocongress.org/en/about.html#

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Congratulations to Mariam Rassem MD, a 4th year Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation resident, whose research study abstract titled as "Sexual health counselling in spinal cord injured patients: Health care professionals' perspectives" has been accepted for presentation as at the upcoming Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (CAPM&R) 66th Annual Scientific Meeting held on May 30 - June 2, 2018 in Whitehorse, Yukon. Other members on the research team were Keren Ganshorn MD, CCFP; Shane Wunder MD, FRCP; Jacqueline Kraushaar MD, FRCP, and Muhammad Siddiqui PhD.

Clinical Appropriateness - Report Cards
The Clinical Appropriateness Program has been hard at work developing report cards. Pilot projects are in the early stages of development and implementation, examples include antimicrobial prescribing habits, as well use of various laboratory tests in the emergency department. It is expected that these report cards will provide health care providers with feedback about their use of clinical resources and the impact of this on patient care and associated health care costs. Clinicians can use report cards to help guide clinical practice through introspection and peer-to-peer comparison. Providers can use this information as a starting point for conversations about appropriate use of clinical resources and best practice.

As we continue to refine the data sets and delivery of these report cards, we will continuously look for feedback from physicians to determine the efficacy of the data presentation and to add new metrics to the reports. If you have any questions about the process, please email clinical.stewardship@saskhealthauthority.ca.

Submitted by: Elan Paluck, Research & Performance Support