Homewood Health Centre has been involved in data and research collection for decades – working with leading research scientists from leading universities in Canada.
We are focused on rapidly applying new learning to our treatment programs and working with leading partners, including Homewood Health Inc. and Homewood Research Institute (HRI).
HRI is an independent national charity dedicated to research transforming mental health and addiction treatment in Canada and worldwide. HRI works with some of North America’s most influential scientists, researchers, and clinicians, coordinating efforts to advance a common goal: improving treatment to save lives. Click here to learn more.
The Homewood Health Centre has a strong foundation and commitment to ethics in research and healthcare. Click here to learn more.
Addiction is one of the most common mental health issues. Researchers are working with clinicians and patients in our Addiction Medicine Program to understand patient characteristics that may predict addiction severity and how well individuals respond to treatment. This research may also explain why some patients leave treatment early and how this risk could be mitigated.
Led by HRI and McMaster University, the current research examines how clinical symptoms may be linked to an individual’s experience of addiction. Together, we are finding evidence-based solutions that will improve clinical practice and treatment outcomes.
Homewood’s leadership in using measurement-based care is rapidly accelerating our ability to develop new research and apply this to our treatment practices. Homewood Touchpoint is a uniquely designed self-reported assessment battery created by a dedicated team with input from expert clinicians and in partnership with leading research scientists at HRI.
Trauma & PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a severe mental health condition that affects nearly 10% of Canadians. Mental illness among health care professionals and first responders has risen during the pandemic, with trauma-related illnesses growing alarmingly.
Homewood has directly supported research on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care professionals and first responders. This research provides vital information about the significant challenges faced by health care professionals and first responders, including elevated rates of burnout, moral injury and day-to-day difficulties, including disrupted sleep and relationship difficulties.
This research also examines the pandemic’s meaningful and less-understood impact on health care professionals and first responders within minority and marginalized communities.
Long-term Outcome Measurement
Medical advances come from evidence-based research and evaluation to help improve our physical health. Until recently, Canada has lacked a coordinated large-scale effort to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of different treatment approaches to improve mental health and addiction services.
As a multi-year research study, The Recovery Journey Project was designed to understand the recovery process for people receiving mental health and addiction treatment. Data collection was completed in 2022, and findings will inform improvements to treatment, aftercare and how we monitor and evaluate treatment effectiveness.