Coming from the clinical research space I have had the unique opportunity to be involved with ONF as a research team player and more recently as the Clinical and Systems Implementation Associate and the Program Director of the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) program. In my former roles I saw firsthand how influential ONF has been to the advancement of ABI research and care in Ontario. For years ONF has been recognized as the “honest-broker” – leveraging new research to inform best practices and ensure a standardized approach to care. ONF’s efforts to learn from the brain injury community cannot be understated and have been exemplified through its close partnership with the Ontario Brain Injury Association and the collaborative stakeholder engagement group, Brain Injury Speaks.
Working closely with Corinne Kagan, who pioneered ONF’s ABI program, I saw many great achievements for the ABI field, including the development and maintenance of the adult and pediatric concussion guidelines and the INESSS-ONF Clinical Practice Guideline for the Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate to Severe TBI, and patient and health care provider targeted resources developed from the guidelines in collaboration with our broad stakeholder networks. Additionally, I am proud of our role in bringing the Concussion ECHO to life, working with Ontario Health (Quality) to develop a new Concussion Quality Standard, supporting the development of a clinical concussion tool in collaboration with the Centre for Effective Practice, and more recently the production of the traumatic brain injury (TBI) Report Card that looks at regional and provincial trends in care across the TBI landscape in Ontario.
While ONF had an instrumental role in the leadership of this work, it would have been impossible without the commitment of our dedicated partners, including researchers, clinicians, health care providers and so many others. So now, we look to you. With the support of the Ontario Ministry of Health, we look to you to sustain and advance the work; and to refine ABI care delivery to improve patient outcomes across the province.