Dr. Susan Law

Position: Senior Scientist
Degrees: MHA, PhD
Publications: https://www.proquest.com/docview/2122760155?fromopenview=true&pq-origsite=gscholar, Health Planning for Indigenous Populations: A Rapid Evidence Review - ProQuest; https://pxjournal.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1179&context=journal, When one is sick and two need help: Caregivers’ perspectives on the negative consequences of caring (pxjournal.org); https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S266732152200169X?via%3Dihub, Health Planning for Indigenous Populations: A Rapid Evidence Review; https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S266732152200169X?via%3Dihub, Living with long-COVID in the community during the first wave of the pandemic: Lessons for healthcare providers and policy makers; https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hsc.14023, Optimizing the discharge process from internal medicine: understanding the challenges faced by clinicians and staff; https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/12/9/e066459, TOwards enhancing Pediatric Intensive Care for Children with Medical Complexity (ToPIC CMC): A mixed methods study protocol using Experience-Based Co-Design; https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13561820.2022.2074379, Engaging patients families and professionals at the bedside using whiteboards; https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34216010/, I have to start learning how to live with becoming sick”: A scoping review of the lived experiences of people with Huntington’s Disease; https://bmcgeriatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12877-021-02354-z, Caregiving is like on-the-job training but nobody has the manual”: What caregivers say about their roles within the healthcare system; https://www.cjcmh.com/doi/10.7870/cjcmh-2021-017, Mental illness in the family: the experiences of well siblings of young adults with mood and/or anxiety disorders; https://researchinvolvement.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40900-023-00415-8, Training and capacity development in patient oriented research: Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) initiatives
Categories: Science, Scientific Staff

Dr. Law is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Better Health. She has a PhD from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of London UK, a Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Toronto, and a BSc in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph. She holds an appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Toronto – Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Dr. Law’s research career began in the UK at the University of Oxford where she participated in qualitative studies of the role of evidence in changing clinical practice. In Canada, she has been a senior scientist with the Quebec health technology assessment agency, Director of Research and scientist at St. Mary’s Research Centre, and held an academic appointment as Associate Professor in the McGill Department of Family Medicine, where she continues as an adjunct professor. She leads a research program – Health Experiences Research Canada – that focuses on developing collections of patient stories of personal experiences of illness, using qualitative methods and video recording, along with associated knowledge translation and applications for policy, education and patient and family-centered care. The results are shared on a dedicated website where others can learn from these lived experiences (see: www.healthexperiences.ca). Her team is part of an international collaboration amongst 15 countries (www.dipexinternational.org) using common methods to gather and share country-based narratives of illness.

She is currently leading research projects on experiences of perinatal mental health, long-COVID, women’s experiences of heart failure, medical cannabis, and Ukrainian refugees. She has expertise in researcher-patient partnerships and knowledge translation, and is involved in co-design projects to improve care processes.


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