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Research and knowledge transfer; creating new knowledge through research, and sharing it, improves the health, and health care, of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Recent Research Activities

  • Casey House collaborated on the national HIV, Health and Rehabilitation Survey (HHRS): a web-based survey with adults living with HIV in Canada asking about disability, concurrent health conditions, and rehabilitation services use. Read the high level results in the HHRS fact sheet.
  • PosterSee a visual summary of the results of a qualitative study exploring readiness to engage in exercise among people living with HIV and multi-morbidity in Toronto.  This study was conducted at Casey House by a group of MScPT students from the University of Toronto, co-supervised by Dr. Kelly O’Brien from the department of physical therapy, and Casey House’s research lead, Dr. Soo Chan Carusone.  The findings have been published in BMJ Open and in a poster format designed to provide recommendations and links to local resources for community members and service providers.
    Exploring readiness to exercise poster
  • A Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) grant was recently approved for a participatory evaluation of Casey House’s day health program when it launches next year.
    Led by University of Toronto’s Dr. Carol Strike and a multi-disciplinary, bi-coastal team, including three Casey House staff members, this three year community based participatory project will evaluate the new day health program and answer questions such as – ‘what are the clinicians’ experiences providing care to clients with complicated health problems?’ and ‘does the program get the results that people living with HIV/AIDS believe are important for their health and well being?’
    Findings will be used to evaluate the success of the day health program, to improve it, and to educate the wider HIV/AIDS community about how to best deliver ethical care. Casey House’s research lead, Dr. Soo Chan Carusone is a co-principal investigator for this evaluation project.

If you would like to know more about research at Casey House or have suggestions for future research projects contact Soo Chan Carusone (or 416-962-4040 ext. 255).

Research Structure

Research at Casey House is directed by Soo Chan Carusone, Casey House’s research lead.

Casey House research involves a variety of staff and students and is officially supported and guided by a research advisory committee (comprised of academics, clinicians, community agency representatives, staff, and community members who provide guidance in identifying research opportunities, partnerships and directions) and an internal knowledge translation working group (an internal group of staff who may provide operational guidance on research projects and facilitate engagement in the research process and the dissemination of findings.)

Our Roles

  1. Leader: Casey House conducts and leads research and program evaluation projects.
  2. Partner: Casey House partners with other organizations to conduct research.
  3. Facilitator: Casey House provides opportunities for engaging and transferring knowledge to the community through educational events and the training and mentoring of students.

Guiding Principles and Priorities

Casey House has a research plan and guiding principles, developed by the research planning task force in 2009.  Casey House’s research program is client centred, collaborative and strategic, designed to improve care for the client and in-line with Casey House’s mission.

Our research focuses on projects that have the potential to improve the care and treatment for people with HIV, where Casey House can make a unique contribution. The conduct of research at Casey House adheres to GIPA principles, is respectful of clients, and is ethical and rigorous.

Priority research areas for Casey House include:

  • Aging and HIV
  • Complex care
  • Health services research
  • Treatment modalities and program evaluation

Casey House is committed to sharing and use of our research and has adopted an integrated knowledge translation approach; we are committed to engaging potential knowledge users in all stages of the research process.