- Amanda Wu
- Feb 12, 2018
Ivey Health Collaborator Dr. Matthew Meyer was appointed an adjunct professor at the Ivey Business School.
Dr. Meyer holds a BA (Honors) in Biology and Human Health from Queen’s University and a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Western University. Throughout his career, Dr. Meyer has worked closely with the Ontario Stroke Network, the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, the Ontario Rehabilitative Care Alliance, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and each of Ontario’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks. Dr. Meyer’s research focuses on the role policy decisions (specifically resource allocation) play in the accessibility of health care services. While his research has primarily focused on people who experience stroke, Dr. Meyer is expanding this work to be applicable in a variety of health care contexts.
At the Centre, Dr. Meyer is currently leading projects with Centre staff supporting London Health Sciences Centre, the South West LHIN, and the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance to improve stroke care in the region and positively impact access, transition, and outcomes across the system of care. This project focuses on maximizing recovery and ensuring successful community re-engagement for stroke survivors by planning for community service levels better aligned with those required to provide best practice care. In spring of 2018, it is hoped that this work will lead to the launch of the first early-supported discharge program for stroke in Ontario.
Dr. Meyer hopes his research will ultimately lead to better alignment between resource allocation and patient needs. The hope is that by better understanding the needs of patients and their caregivers, future capacity planning can be tailored to provide more timely access to the services with less waste. This, in turn, should lead to better outcomes for our patients and fewer unnecessary expenses. While this work is beginning with improving the accessibility of rehabilitation services post-stroke, the goal is to adapt these methods to all sectors of our health care system.