Funded Projects: Evaluation of Interventions to Address the Opioid Crisis


Through the Evaluation of Interventions to Address the Opioid Crisis competition, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research invested a total of $1.5M to fund 15 $100,000 projects. Of this total, $500,000 was set aside to fund projects related to non-pharmacological interventions for pain management. These one-year projects are designed to evaluate promising health interventions and practices that have been implemented municipally, provincially, and nationally to address the opioid crisis.

Researcher Location Project
Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto) Establishing an evidence base for assessing the effects of supervised injection services in Ontario
Dr. Sara Ahmed Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (Montreal) Evaluating the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of an interdisciplinary primary care pain management approach
Dr. Kimberly Corace University of Ottawa Evaluating Ontario’s rapid access addiction medicine model of care
Dr. Huy Hao Dao Université de Sherbrooke Use of opioid test strips to prevent overdoses in people who consume drugs alone at home
Dr. Mark Eisenberg Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research (Montreal) Interventions for the opioid crisis: a systematic review examining approaches in the Canadian context and vulnerable sub-populations
Dr. Michelle Firestone St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto) Evaluation of overdose prevention sites in Toronto
Dr. Tara Gomes St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto) Evaluation of the Ontario Naloxone Program for Pharmacies 
Dr. Rita Henderson University of Calgary Evaluating origins, community response, and outcomes of Kainai First Nation’s opioid strategy
Dr. Elaine Hyshka University of Alberta Implementing supervised consumption services in acute care: evaluation of a novel opioid crisis intervention
Dr. Pamela Leece Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Toronto) Health system evaluation of the gap in treatment for the delivery of opioid agonist treatments
Dr. Pamela Leece Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Toronto) Implementation evaluation of barriers and facilitators to buprenorphine use in Canada
Dr. Jordan Miller Queen’s University (Kingston) Evaluating the outcomes and experiences of chronic pain self-management support with an opioid de-prescribing intervention
Dr. Patricia Poulin Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Evaluation of Project ECHO chronic pain and opioid stewardship (de-prescribing opioids and use of buprenorphine/Naloxone)
Dr. Eldon Spackman University of Calgary Assessing a take-home Naloxone program that provides free kits to all
Dr. Ross Upshur Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (Toronto) Exploring whether meditation can help people who take opioids for chronic pain and are also depressed

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