Health Services Organization & Management

Domain Knowledge

The application of organizational and management theory to the field of health care by IHPME researchers affords knowledge needed to address today’s challenges and ensure the sustainability of our healthcare system for future generations. Topics of particular relevance include:

  • Patient safety and quality of care
  • Organizational learning and knowledge transfer
  • Organizational change
  • Leadership
  • Inter-organizational relationships and networks
  • Governance
  • Evidence-based management
  • Evidence-based practice change

Current Research Interests and Affiliations

The efficiency and effectiveness of Canada’s health care system depends upon innovation and excellence in the organization and delivery of care.  IHPME faculty are engaged in a variety of research areas including:

  • Processes and outcomes associated with health care restructuring
  • Comparative evaluations of models of service delivery
  • Evaluation of innovations in service delivery, such as care delivery networks, interdisciplinary teams and quality improvement collaboratives and the processes associated with change in various health care contexts.

IHPME is affiliated with Improving & Driving Excellence Across Sectors (IDEAS):

IDEAS is a province-wide initiative to enhance Ontario’s health system performance by increasing quality improvement, leadership and change management capacity across all health care sectors.” IDEAS represents a a partnership of Health Quality Ontario, ICES, IHPME and seven Ontario universities.

The Institute collaborates with the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (C-QuIPS), a joint partnership between the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and two of its major teaching hospitals, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Hospital for Sick Children.

Raisa Deber and A. Paul Williams are IHPME leads in the CIHR Team in Community Care and Health Human Resources (Team Grant):

… interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers and community partners exploring the shift between hospital and home/community, with particular attention to health human resources, and the feasibility and consequences of alternative care models for vulnerable populations.

Learn more about studying Health Services Organization and Management through the MSc & PhD Health Services Research