Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES):
The host institution for CCORT is the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), located on the grounds of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre campus in Toronto, Ontario. CCORT’s principal investigator, Dr. Jack V. Tu, is a senior scientist at ICES, and more than 12 of CCORT’s investigators are affiliated with ICES.
CCORT's Host Institution
Established in 1992 as a non-profit research organization with core funding provided by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, ICES has a mandate of conducting research that contributes to the effectiveness, quality, equity and efficiency of health care and health services in the province of Ontario. Since its establishment, ICES has become widely recognized for its unique interdisciplinary research approach to health care, health services and health policy research in the province of Ontario. Many ICES researchers are affiliated with the University of Toronto, and also have clinical appointments at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
The researchers at ICES are renowned for the use of innovative and creative research methods in examining the interface of clinical practice, health services research and health policy, in order to create a blueprint for a better health care system in Ontario. The six key goals of ICES are as follows:
- To carry out health services research in the areas of clinical and policy relevance from a population-wide perspective;
- To document province-wide patterns of medical care;
- To develop and disseminate information and decision-tools to policymakers, administrators, clinical-managers, practitioners, and patients;
- To implement and evaluate projects in clinical settings so as to promote more effective and efficient patterns of health care;
- To promote linkages among health services researchers, and between researchers and decision-makers; and,
- To train health service researchers and promote a wider understanding of concepts from clinical epidemiology and health services research
ICES has historically been involved in provincially-based health services, policy and outcomes research, and has become recognized for its “Practice Atlases” which report on the regional differences in health care delivery in Ontario for various specialties, including Emergency Department Services, Mental Health Services, Cardiovascular Health Services, Arthritis and Physician Services. However, more recently ICES has become home to national health services, policy and outcomes research, with CCORT being the largest of the nationally focused research projects. The extensive research expertise and experience at ICES regarding health services, policy and outcomes research, makes ICES an excellent host institution for the CCORT initiative.