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Conference Summary

The GTA Rehab Network and the Planning Committee are excited to report that Best Practices Day 2020, held virtually on Friday, November 27, 2020, was a great success. Over 260 delegates were in attendance at this year's conference, from all across Canada.  

The theme this year was 'Celebrating 20 Years of Sharing Ideas, Innovations and Best Practices in Rehabilitative Care'.

This year's conference was innovative and was held in a virtual space allowing for networking and knowledge exchange in a new and improved way.

Download a copy of this program. 

Keynote Address

Rehabilitating Ontario's healthcare system: The opportunities for rehabilitation services to shape care integration (download)

Chris Sulway, PT, CHE
Special Advisor, Transformation, to the Minister of Health

The opening keynote address will outline opportunities for rehabilitation services to shape care integration in the context of current system transformation.

Rapid Podium Presentations

1. Experiences with transitions in care for older adults with hip fracture: A qualitative multiple-case study (download)

Lauren Cadel, MSc
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto
Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation,
Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, ICES

This presentation will compare experiences of key stakeholders and contextual factors that impact care transitions for persons with hip fracture in an urban and a rural health region in Ontario. 

2. Bringing research to the bedside: The integration of research and clinical practice in geriatric rehabilitation through a collaborative culture of innovation and care: Development of a model for future implementation (download)

Jahnel Brookes, HBSc
Kunin-Lunenfeld Centre for Applied Research and Evaluation (KL-CARE)
Baycrest Health Sciences
Whitney Sherman, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Baycrest Health Sciences

The presentation will outline how an interprofessional team tested a novel intervention, a real-time engagement monitoring solution, in geriatric rehabilitation. Challenges and factors contributing to implementation success will be examined.

3. Considering the vestibular system when assessing and treating falls (download)

Shaleen Sulway, PT
Vestibular Health and Hertz Clinic for Meniere's Disease and Vestibular Dysfunction
University Health Network

The presentation will assess the prevalence of vestibular impairment in seniors who have experienced a recent fall and provide practice recommendations.


Concurrent Sessions

Session A:
Optimal outcomes after hip arthroplasty: What rehab providers need to know (download)

Angela Accettura
Patricia Dickson
Dr. Beeshma Ravi
Dr. Sebastian Tomescu
Amy Wainwright

Session B:
History should not repeat itself: Strategies to accelerate learning from safety events in rehabilitation (download)

Dr. Mark Bayley
Angie Andreoli
Sarah McDermid-Flabbi

Session C:
Exploring excellence with a rehabilitative care unit interprofessional team (download)

Nancy Snobelen
Denise Dodman
Kim de Haan
Helen Johnson

Session D:
Towards transitional care: Developing a new approach to care for Alternate Level of Care patients in a rehabilitation and complex care hospital in Toronto, ON (download)

Georgi Georgievski
Leonardo Alfaro
Meredith McClenaghan
Daniela Soares

Session E:
Identifying post extubation dysphagia: Implementation of an evidence-based screening algorithm in critical care (download)

Trish Williams
Shauna Hellen
Jenny Barker

Session F:
Impact of a dedicated concussion clinic based on ONF guidelines 

Dr. Diana Velikonja

Keynote Panel Discussion

Bundled care panel: Experiences, lessons learned and planning considerations (download)

Leslie Gillies, RN, BScN, MEd (Administration)
Paulette Gardiner Millar, PT, BScPT, MScHQ, FCAMPT, CAFCI
Mirna Rahal, MHP
Shelley Huffman, PT, BScPT, MScHQ

This panel discussion will provide perspectives in orthopaedic bundled care implementation, and future planning considerations for stroke through a quality, best practice and outcome lens. Brief panel presentations will be followed by an interactive plenary discussion.   


People's Choice Awards

Best Rapid Podium Presentation

Shaleen Sulway - Considering the vestibular system when assessing and treating falls

Best Posters

  1. Poster 19: Intimacy and Sex After Stroke
    • Nina Hovanec, Andrea Calvet, Kristyn Emmerzael, Bayla Cheskes, Vanessa Ong - University Health Network/Toronto Rehab
  2. Poster 1: Exploring the Benefits of 3D Printing for Lower-Limb Prosthetic Sockets
    • Clara Phillips, Arezoo Eshraghi, Winfried Heim - West Park Healthcare Centre
  3. Poster 18: Enriching Clients' Lives with the 1000WORDS Photography Program
    • Rebecca Swift - Brain Injury Services Muskoka Simcoe
    • Percival Morier, Jeff Young, Elizabeth Faraone - March of Dimes Canada
    • Alda Tee - Central East Stroke Network

Congratulations to all winners!

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