ARCC Funded Study (PI: Dr. Lisa Barbera) Identifying the Palliative Care Physician Workforce in Ontario

ARCC is proud to support the efforts of Dr. Barbera’s work which has recently been published in CMAJ. Her study, titled “Identification of the physician workforce providing palliative care in Ontario using administrative claims data” is now available online at Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

This study explores the physician workforce in providing palliative care. The research team developed an algorithm tool to identify palliative care physicians using administrative claims data and validated it against a reference sample. They then applied the algorithm to all general practitioners/family physicians (GP/FPs) in the province of Ontario to describe and quantify those identified by the algorithm tool.

Click here to read a PDF of this paper!


About Dr. Lisa Barbera

Lisa Barbera received her MD from the University of Ottawa in 1995. She completed her radiation oncology specialty training at the University of Toronto in 2000, and then completed a two-year fellowship in the Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology, Queen’s University Cancer Research Institute (formerly known as the Radiation Oncology Research Unit). Dr. Barbera holds Masters in Public Administration from the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University.

Dr. Barbera joined ICES in February 2005 as an Adjunct Scientist. She is an Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Career Scientist, a Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto.

Research interests include palliative care, quality indicators and patterns of cancer care.


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