Who are we?
The Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) is a network of research centers that engages researchers, patients and other partners in patient-oriented research to improve the health of Ontarians and the health care system.
The Ontario Francophone Communities Research Initiative (OFCI), also known as IF-COFFRE (for Initiative Francophone-Communautés Ontariennes Francophones Facilitant la Recherche Equitable) is one of three OSSU initiatives providing cross-cutting expertise on the following priority areas from an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) perspective: First Nations and Other Indigenous (Métis and Inuit), Francophone, and Sex and Gender.
What do we do ?
To achieve its objectives, IF-COFFRE offers the following services:
- We provide one-on-one support as an advisory service for OSSU members, other SPOR entities and those receiving CIHR funding on how to incorporate language variables into your project.
- We act as a broker by connecting patient partners with research teams seeking to include francophone perspectives.
- We can ensure that your results that include Ontario Francophones are available to a wider audience; this may include validation of French language training modules, data collection tools or frameworks and also working with authors to develop evidence summaries using existing research documents.
Tools and Resources:
- Sample Grant Application Francophones Living in a Minority Setting
- sex and gender guide
OSSU Equity Framework
This framework explains the principles and practices for promoting equity in patient-oriented research, as well as the equity requirements for researchers working with the Ontario SPOR Support Unit (OSSU)Read more
- Patients as partners in research investigations
- Find a physician
Research Briefing Notes
To make research findings more accessible and influential, IF-COFFRE has prepared a series of plain language research summaries to share with policymakers and the general public.
MacArthur, C., Van Hoorn, R., Lavis, J., Straus, S., Jones, N., Bayliss, L., Terry, A.L., Law, S., Victor, C., Prud’homme, D., Riley J., Stewart, M. (2023). Training and capacity development in patient oriented research: Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) initiatives. Research Involvement and Engagement. 9:5.
Timony, P.E., Waite, N., Houle, S., Violette, R., Gauthier, A.P. (2022). The Pharmacist Is In: The Availability and Distribution of French-Speaking Pharmacists in Ontario. Linguistic Minorities and Society. 18. 175-196.
Reaume, M., Batista, R., Talarico, R., Guerin, E., Rhodes, E., Carson, S., … & Tanuseputro, P. (2022). In-Hospital Patient Harm Across Linguistic Groups: A Retrospective Cohort Study of Home Care Recipients. Journal of Patient Safety, 18(1), e196-e204.
Seale, E., Reaume, M., Batista R., Eddeen, A.B., Roberts R., Rhodes E., McIsaac, D.I., Kendall C.E., Sood M.M., Prud’homme, D., Tanuseputro, P. 2022 July.Patient-physician language concordance and quality and safety outcomes among frail home care recipients admitted to hospital in Ontario, Canada, CMAJ 11;194:E899-908. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.212155.
Batista, R., Prud’homme, D., Rhodes, E., Hsu, A., Talarico, R., Reaume, M., … & Tanuseputro, P. (2021). Quality and Safety in Long-Term Care in Ontario: The Impact of Language Discordance. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 22(10), 2147-2153
Reaume, M., Batista, R., Rhodes, E., Knight, B., Imsirovic, H., Seale, E., … & Tanuseputro, P. (2021). The Impact of Language on Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations, and Length of Stay Among Home Care Recipients. Medical Care, 59(11), 1006-1013.
Riad, K., Webber, C., Batista, R., Reaume, M., Rhodes, E., Knight, B., … & Tanuseputro, P. (2020). The impact of dementia and language on hospitalizations: a retrospective cohort of long-term care residents. BMC geriatrics, 20(1), 1-10
Reaume, M., Batista, R., Talarico, R., Rhodes, E., Guerin, E., Carson, S., … & Tanuseputro, P. (2020). The impact of hospital language on the rate of in-hospital harm. A retrospective cohort study of home care recipients in Ontario, Canada. BMC health services research, 20(1), 1-11.
Batista, R., Prud’homme, D., Hsu, A. T., Guérin, E., Bouchard, L., Rhodes, E., … & Tanuseputro, P. (2019). The health impact of living in a nursing home with a predominantly different spoken language. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 20(12), 1649-1651.
Guérin, E., Batista, R., Hsu, A. T., Gratton, V., Chalifoux, M., Prud’homme, D., & Tanuseputro, P. (2019). Does end-of-life care differ for Anglophones and Francophones? A retrospective cohort study of decedents in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 22(3), 274-281