McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 9, Issue 3, Fall 2015
Programs and research projects housed at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre
The David Braley Health Sciences Centre (DBHSC) is home to the Department of Family Medicine of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, as well as a number of other programs. Major research in primary care is also housed here.
Innovative offerings at David Braley Health Sciences Centre (DBHSC)
- The McMaster Family Practice, a clinic for 15,000 Hamiltonians, has integrated primary health care provided by family doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, and McMaster students of those professions.
- The Maternity Centre of Hamilton, an interdisciplinary team of family doctors, nurses, a lactation consultant and social worker, provides prenatal and postpartum care to over 600 women annually. The McMaster Family Practice and Maternity Centre facilities are also used by Hamilton Public Health Services, which holds clinics for sexual health, breastfeeding, immunization and tobacco cessation.
- Hamilton Public Health Services has program staff from its surveillance unit, which monitors reportable diseases in the community; tobacco control; injury prevention; chronic disease prevention; and sexual health. The public health library and public health's applied research and evaluation team are also housed here.
- Several health sciences programs that further McMaster's renowned and continuing innovation in how health professionals are taught and learn are located here, including the Program for Educational Research and Development (PERD); the Program for Faculty Development; the Foundation for Medical Practice Education; and the University's Continuing Health Sciences Education Program, which offers upgrade training to local health care professionals.
- One of the first projects headquartered here is a national study on how to improve the quality of life of older adults and at-risk people living at home. The TAPESTRY (Teams Advancing Patient Experience: Strengthening Quality) project is sending community volunteers into the homes of older adults to help identify issues and intervene before a health crisis occurs.
- The Ontario Pharmacy REsearch CollaboratioN (OPEN) study, which looks at the effectiveness of pharmacist-led medication management programs.
- The Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP), which researches prevention of heart disease through free, risk assessment sessions offered to the public.
- The Infant and Child Health (INCH) laboratory, which looks to expand knowledge of child development.
- Development of McMaster's OSCAR/PHR electronic health record system. The program originated in the Department of Family Medicine in 2001 and has evolved into a state-of-the-art web-based program to support personal health records.