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META:PHI program secures grant, set to expand across the province

June 30, 2015

 Dr. Meldon KahanCongratulations to Dr. Meldon Kahan and the Mentoring, Education, and Clinical Tools for Addiction: Primary Care–Hospital Integration (META:PHI) team for recently securing funding from the Adopting Research To Improve Care (ARTIC) program. The team was honoured at a recent event at Health Quality Ontario (HQO). Read more about the announcement here.

The META:PHI program integrates the alcohol or opioid addiction treatment provided by emergency department staff, addiction physicians and primary care providers. The META:PHI team strives to refer patients who have presented to the emergency department with alcohol- or opioid-related conditions to their primary care provider for effective evidence-based withdrawal treatment that is supported by an addiction specialist, counselling, and connections to community treatment programs. Currently, the program operates out of three Toronto hospitals – one of which is Women’s College Hospital. This new funding will allow META:PHI to expand into additional sites, across the province.

ARTIC was originally developed by the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) to bring research evidence into practice. Recently, CAHO and HQO partnered to maximize the potential impact of the ARTIC program and spread it beyond the hospital sector. 

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