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Our research focuses on projects that have the potential to improve the care and treatment for people with HIV/AIDS, where Casey House can make a unique contribution.

Priority research areas for Casey House include:

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

Research at Casey House is directed by our own research lead. We participate in research in three different ways:

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

Examples of recent research activities

  • Podcast AIDS 2020 poster presentation Casey House’s podcast team presented at AIDS 2020- the 23rd International AIDS Conference.  Find out more about how the podcast is produced and learnings from the first season in the Positively Speaking poster presentation.
  • Evaluating distribution of safer injection and safer inhalation. Casey House was featured in the American Journal of Public Health in an October 2018 article titled Distribution of harm reduction kits in a specialty HIV hospital.  Read the abstract. For the full text, contact Casey  House.
  • The ART of conversation: Peer to peer telephone support.  Casey House and the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) partnered on a peer telephone support intervention to assist people living with HIV who are actively using substances and who have initiated or re-started antiretroviral therapy (ART) while in hospital. The intervention promotes the meaningful inclusion of peers during a client’s transition from hospital to community, with specific focus placed on ART adherence and harm reduction. Read the AoC_community report from this study
  • Picturing Participation: Exploring engagement in HIV service provision, programming and care. Casey House partnered in a research project co-led by Sarah Switzer and her team that asked clients and staff members to take photographs to document what client engagement means to them. The project was a partnered project between several universities, Casey House, Toronto People with AIDS Foundation and the Empower program at Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre. See the participants’ images, and read about findings from the project report in their online project gallery.
  • Harm reduction in health care. Casey House research team’s paper, Perspective of healthcare workers about the delivery and evaluation of harm reduction services for people living with HIV who use substances aims to foster dialogue on benefits and challenges of providing health care in a harm reduction setting. Read the full paper
  • Hospital discharge. Clients leaving inpatient program can struggle to maintain health. What gets in the way of clients’ plans for taking care of their health once they leave the hospital?  A Casey House research team’s paper, The lived experience of the hospital discharge plan, calls for a closer look at hospital discharge plans for complex patients given the challenges of executing the plan once they are back in the community. The paper was chosen as the ‘editor’s pick’ in the January issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine- congratulations to the Casey House research team.  Read the full paper.
  • Exercise readiness. A qualitative study exploring readiness to engage in exercise among people living with HIV and multi-morbidity in Toronto 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, published in BMJ Open and in a poster format, provide recommendations and links to local resources for community members and service providers. Exploring readiness to exercise poster.

Articles highlighting Casey House’s research involvement and activities

  • Soo Chan Carusone, Adrian Guta, Samantha Robinson, Darrell H. Tan, Curtis Cooper, Bill O’Leary, Karen de Prinse, Grant Cobb, Ross Upshur and Carol Strike. “Maybe if I stop the drugs, then maybe they’d care?”- hospital care experiences of people who use drugs. Harm Reduction Journal. 13 February 2019 16:16
  • Miroslav Miskovic, Soo Chan Carusone, Adrian Guta, Bill O’Leary, Karen dePrinse, and Carol Strike. Distribution of harm reduction kits in a specialty HIV hospital. American Journal of Public Health. 2018 October. 108:1363-1365.
  • deBoer H, Andrews M, Cudd S, Leung E, Petrie A, Chan Carusone S, O’Brien KK. Where and how does physical therapy fit? Integrating physical therapy into interprofessional HIV care. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2018 Mar 12: DOI:10.1080/09638288.2018.1448469.
  • O’Leary B, Strike C, Rohailla S, Barnes M, McDougall P, Baltzer Turje R, de Prinse K, Schaefer-McDaniel N, Chan Carusone S. Perspectives of healthcare workers about the delivery and evaluation of harm reduction services for people living with HIV who use substances. Cogent Medicine. 2018 Apr 6:1461005.
  • Terpstra AR, Worthington C, Ibáñez-Carrasco F, O’Brien KK, Yamamoto A, Chan Carusone S, Baltzer Turje R, McDougall P, Granger W, Thompson V, DeSousa M, Creal L, Rae A, Medina C, Morley E, Rourke SB. “I’m Just Forgetting and I Don’t Know Why”: Exploring How People Living With HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder View, Manage, and Obtain Support for Their Cognitive Difficulties. Qualitative Health Research. 2018 May;28(6):859-72.
  • Eaton AD, Ibáñez-Carrasco F, Craig SL, Chan Carusone S, Montess M, Wells GA, Ginocchio GF. A blended learning curriculum for training peer researchers to conduct community-based participatory research. Action Learning: Research and Practice. 2018 Apr 19:1-2.
  • O’Brien KK, Dagenais M, Solomon P, Worthington C, Chan Carusone S, Ibáñez-Carrasco F, Hanna S, Gahagan J, Baxter L, Robinson G, Gayle P, James D, Yates T. and the HIV, Health and Rehabilitation Survey (HHRS) Team. Use of Living Strategies among HIV+ persons in Canada: Comparison by age group using data from the HIV, Health and Rehabilitation Survey.  Revisions Submitted. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (JIAPAC). Accepted April 6, 2018.

The conduct of research at Casey House adheres to GIPA principles, is respectful of clients, and is ethical and rigorous.

If you would like to know more about research at Casey House or have suggestions for future research projects contact   416-962-4040 ext. 4007.