Launch: Transitions in Care multi-Institute Initiative

The Transitions in Care (TiC) multi-Institute initiative is co-led by the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), and the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH), in collaboration with the Institute of Aging (IA), Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) and Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA).

At many points in their life, every Canadian will experience transitions in care. When gaps occur in transitions, patients are susceptible to fragmentation in care, poor quality of care, unfavourable experiences, compromised patient safety, and adverse medical events. The Canadian health system is organized in a way that requires patients to receive health services from a number of care providers, in a number of locations leading to multiple handovers, or transitions in care, over time. Together with our partners, the TiC initiative aims to improve the health and wellness of Canadians by supporting research that transforms the health system to optimize the outcomes of individuals experiencing transitions in care.

In the September 2017, more than 60 thought-leaders and relevant transitions in care stakeholders attended a one-day workshop in collaboration with the CIHR host Institutes. Throughout the workshop it was recognized that TiC offers an opportunity to bring together not only partners from across the health research and innovation landscape, but also from sectors (e.g., social, recreational, and educational) not traditionally within the healthcare space.


Together, our planned investment of over $22 million will help to:

  • Reduce and prevent gaps in care;
  • Scale up innovative solutions to optimize transition in care outcomes (E.g., eHealth, care pathways, EMRs);
  • Address unmet health needs of a diverse group of people; and,
  • Optimize the potential for health system impact.

Transition in Care Priorities

  • Enhance patient experiences and outcomes through health system innovations;
  • Improve continuity of care throughout life’s trajectories;
  • Support health and wellness for key populations by optimizing transition in care outcomes; and,
  • Optimize health outcomes for persons experiencing changing health status or care.

Within the TiC initiative, there are four (4) components:

To Learn More or Partner

  • Interested applicants are invited to participate in a webinar on July 5, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 pm EDT. Register online. Only registered participants will be sent a WebEx invite prior to the webinar. The webinar will be delivered in English; however slides will be available in English and French.
  • Please visit the Transition in Care Initiative webpage for further information concerning the upcoming component launches, and other important updates concerning the initiative.
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