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John Hirdes

John Hirdes

, PhD
OHCRN Member: OHCRN Chair

Department of Health Studies and Gerontology,
University of Waterloo

Ontario Home Care Research and Knowledge Exchange

Scientific Director,
Homewood Research Institute


Dr. Hirdes is the senior Canadian Fellow and a Board Member of interRAI, an international consortium of researchers from 29 countries. He chairs the interRAI Area Network of Canada, a collaborative network of researchers and graduate students from across Canada. Dr. Hirdes led interRAI efforts to create the Mental Health and Community Mental Health assessment systems, the System for Classification of In-Patient Psychiatry, the Method for Assigning Priority Levels in home care, and Home Care Quality Indicators (as co-PI). He is a member of the interRAI committee that produced the new suite of instruments and care planning protocols. He has also recently been appointed to the Board of the Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN).

Dr. Hirdes has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals and academic book chapters. His primary areas of interest include geriatric assessment, mental health, health care and service delivery, case mix systems, quality, health information management, social determinants of health, and quantitative research methods. He is currently leading a $2.5 million Canadian study to update the Resource Utilization Groups (RUG-III) case mix systems for nursing homes.

John's OHCRN "Research In Progress" contributions

The Mississauga-Halton LHIN Project
Principal Investigator: John Hirdes
Project Lead(s): Norma Jutan
The Mississauga-Halton LHIN project has the following primary objectives:

• Describe the populations of supportive housing, CCAC, LTC homes, and CCC hospitals in the MH LHIN using available interRAI data, wherever possible. When such data are not available, it will be …
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Enhancing Home Care Rehabilitation through Better Use of Health Information
Principal Investigator: Paul Stolee
Investigator(s): Katherine Berg, Kerry Byrne, Bert Chesworth, Richard Cook, Mary Egan, John Hirdes, Susan Jaglal, Jeff Poss, Jennie Wells, Mu Zhu
Many older home care clients who would benefit from rehabilitation do not receive any type of rehabilitation therapy. We propose that home care rehabilitation for persons with musculoskeletal disorders could be enhanced through better use of available health information. Despite major investments …
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