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Origins of OHCRN

The Caplan Report, commissioned by the province of Ontario, made a number of recommendations to improve client-focused quality home care in Ontario. Ontario's response to the Caplan Report 'Choosing Quality, Rewarding Excellence' was released in May 2006. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's response to the Caplan recommendation #1 was to develop new knowledge in an appropriate format to support clinical and policy decision-making in the field of home care. The ministry recommended the establishment of a non-endowed research Chair to lead a research consortium and actively promote research in home care to be used by decision-makers and to communicate research findings.

The Ontario Home Care Research and Knowledge Exchange Chair was established by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in 2007. It was created to ensure a permanent commitment to advancing home care research that will inform and improve the quality of home care services and inform home care policy in Ontario. Dr. John Hirdes, Professor, University of Waterloo, Ontario, was appointed as the Chair of the Ontario Home Care Research and Knowledge Exchange Chair in July of 2007.

The mandate of the Chair is to provide effective communication, coordination and evaluation to support the uptake of home care research by home care decision-makers and stakeholders, other health and social services-related institutions, the larger community and the ministry.