Research Areas

Patient Safety During Care Transitions

The transition from one patient care setting to another (e.g, hospital discharge to home) carries a risk of patient harm, usually because of gaps in communication and coordination. Our team of researchers from The RxDLab apply a systems thinking approach to identify and address safety gaps through user centered design and implementation.

Improving Medication Use Safety Among Children, Adolescents, and Youth with Chronic Conditions

Children, adolescents, and youth have unique medication related needs. Designing context and age appropriate interventions to support them and their caregivers is an essential component of patient and family centered care.

Digital Tools to Promote Patient Safety

With growing access to digital devices such as smartphones and smartwatches, there is enormous potential to develop digital tools aimed at promoting safety and quality of care delivered to patients across diverse healthcare settings. Researchers in The RxDLab directly engage clinicians, patients, and their caregivers as co-creators of digital tools that address pressing safety and quality needs.

Global Childhood Cancer Care Improvement

There is a stark disparity in childhood cancer care outcomes between high-income countries (HICs) and low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs). Whereas cure rates of up to 80% are achieved in HICs, 5-year survival rate in most LMICs is only about 20%. Our research team partners with researchers from LMICs to advance high quality childhood cancer care through research and mentorship.

Supporting Informal Caregivers

A growing number of caregivers (family members, friends, etc) perform caregiving tasks that go uncompensated. A growing number of patients with chronic conditions, multimorbidity, and an overall aging population means caregivers continue to shoulder an ever increasing burden of caregiving responsibilities. Members of The RxDLab apply diverse theoretical frameworks and research methods to understand the needs of caregivers and develop interventions that address their unmet needs. We are also developing new methodological approaches to advance the field of caregiving research.