Dr. Morgan Slater
Health System Impact Fellow Profile

Morgan Slater
Host Partner Organization:
Queen’s Family Health Team
Name of Host Partner Organization Supervisor:
Dr. Karen Hall-Barber
Location (city, province):
Kingston, Ontario
Academic Institution:
Queen’s University
Name of Academic Supervisor:
Dr. Michael Green
Duration of Fellowship:
2 years
Title of Fellowship / Program of Work:
Managing chronic pain in primary care – linking clinical and administrative data to identify opportunities for quality improvement


I completed my undergraduate training at the University of Waterloo (Systems Design Engineering) and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Community Health Sciences from the University of Calgary. I received my PhD from the University of Toronto, Institute of Medical Sciences. During my graduate studies and postdoctoral training, I received a number of awards including a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), a Toronto General Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Award and an Education Fund Fellowship from the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research. In addition to my academic training, I have over 10 years of clinical research experience and am excited to be pursuing a career where my work has the potential to directly impact and improve patient care.

Fellowship Program of Work

I will be working with Dr. Michael Green (Queen’s University) and Dr. Karen Hall-Barber (Queen’s Family Health Team) to understand and improve how the Queen’s Family Health Team (QFHT) manages care for patients with chronic pain. With almost 20% of Canadians living with chronic pain, it is important to understand how primary care physicians are managing this difficult condition in the face of the ongoing opioid crisis. By combining electronic health data with administrative health data, we will identify patients with chronic pain, identify treatments prescribed by QFHT and non-QFHT providers, and conduct an audit of guideline-based opioid prescriptions. By bring patients and providers together, we will work together to identify areas for improvement, ensuring our solutions will be feasible, relevant to staff and patient-centered. Not only will the results of this project have the opportunity to improve patient care within the QFHT, it has the potential to improve care in other primary care settings.

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