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Shift Health and University Health Network (UHN) were engaged by Halton Healthcare to assess the current state of research across a multisite hospital system and define the future direction of its clinical research program.

In collaboration with UHN, we examined Halton Healthcare’s current research activities and existing research policies/frameworks and identified key gaps in the context of leading clinical research models and practices at community hospitals across Ontario. Based on this assessment, we outlined critical strategic, operational, ethical and financial imperatives to stabilize Halton Healthcare’s current clinical research activities and create conditions for an expanded role for clinical research over a 5-year timeframe.

The imperatives identified by Shift Health will enable Halton’s leadership to make an informed, evidence-based decision on its commitment to clinical research.