Research at The Ottawa Hospital

Giving patients access to safer drugs, better diagnoses, faster and more accurate assessments of life-threatening injuries, and the most up-to-date diagnostic rules to aid in their diagnosis and recovery.

The Challenge

In addition to the best doctors, equipment, and state-of-the-art facilities, patients should have access to safer drugs, faster and more accurate assessments of life-threatening injuries, and the most up-to-date diagnostic rules to create more accurate diagnoses and help speed recovery. Clinical research is necessary to discover better medicine, protocols, and techniques to improve patient care and safety.

Our Vision

At The Ottawa Hospital, our vision is to provide every single patient with the world-class care, exceptional service and compassion that we would want for our loved ones. By 2020, our goal is to attain top 10 percent status among North American hospitals in the delivery of safe, high-quality care.  Every day our staff, researchers, and physicians work to raise the bar on the standard of care—pushing beyond the status quo to truly be a leader in care delivery in North America.

Ottawa Hospital innovations that changed the practice of medicine worldwide

Dr. Philip Wells, Department of Medicine, The Ottawa Hospital

The Wells Rule
Used to determine a patient’s probability of having a deep-vein blood clot. Decreasing the need for unnecessary tests and procedures thus reducing wait times and decreasing costs.

Dr. Ian Stiell, Physician and Senior Scientist, The Ottawa Hospital

The Ottawa Rules
The Ottawa Rules are a set of clinical decision rules developed by Dr. Ian Stiell and his research team at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the University of Ottawa. The rules have been demonstrated to decrease unnecessary diagnostic imaging and emergency room wait times which enhances patient comfort and reduces health care costs.

Why The Ottawa Hospital?

We work hard every day to give our patient’s quicker and more accurate diagnoses, reduce wait times, and decrease the amount of unnecessary procedures to reach a diagnostic conclusion. Researchers from Harvard named three clinical rules, developed at The Ottawa Hospital, among the top five of their kind in the world; The Ottawa Ankle Rules, The Wells Rule, and The Canadian C-Spine Rule are so common across the globe they have even been used on TV shows such as ER and Grey’s Anatomy. Our Centre for Practice Changing Research (CPCR) enables clinicians and researchers at The Ottawa Hospital, CHEO and the University of Ottawa to work together to design clinical studies that can answer the most pressing questions we have about how best to provide health care. As well, the Ottawa Method’s Centre believes that investigator-driven clinical research is a key element in modern health care systems to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, ultimately, bringing tremendous benefits to patients and society. We believe we have the best people, the best facilities and the best systems in place to deliver on our promise of providing every single patient with the world-class care, exceptional service and compassion that we would want for our loved ones.

Your Impact

The impact that one person can have on the future of healthcare is huge. The impact a group of like-minded community leaders can have on the future of healthcare is limitless. At The Ottawa Hospital we are uniquely positioned to make the most out of donor support. We have the right people in the right facilities to make the most scientifically-backed decisions to improve the lives of patients by improving care and outcomes. Because we’re a world leader, you can rest assured that a donation to The Ottawa Hospital to aid research to improve patient care means that not only patients in Ottawa will benefit, but also patients around the world.

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation is raising money for research that is revolutionizing the care we provide patients.

Be Inspired

Brain tumour diagnosis leads mom down unimaginable path 
In 2016, Natasha Lewis was diagnosed with a brain tumour and her quality of life began to deteriorate. She was be cared for at The Ottawa Hospital – the only hospital in the region that could help her because of the complexity of her diagnosis.  
Astonishing recovery after minimally invasive brain surgery
With a tumour on his pituitary gland, John Fairchild was preparing for the worst when minimally invasive brain surgery saved his life.
‘I walked through my darkest fears and came out the other side.’
It would be a routine mammogram, which would turn Annette Gibbons’ world upside down. The Associate Deputy Minister in Agriculture and Agrifood Canada would soon begin her breast cancer journey but she put her complete trust in her medical team at The Ottawa Hospital.