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PHO Grand Rounds: A public health approach to appraising evidence: The Public Health Ontario Meta-tool for Quality Appraisal (MetaQAT)
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Research and Collaboration
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

Applying quality appraisal tools in public health can be challenging due to the focus on study-specific appraisal tools and limited attention to applicability.  A meta-tool is an approach that combines enhanced principles of quality appraisal with the rigour of risk of bias assessment using design-specific companion tools.
This presentation will describe the Public Health Ontario (PHO) Meta-tool for Quality Appraisal (MetaQAT), a tool to adapt the critical appraisal process to public health evidence.

Presenters: Laura Rosella, Beata Pach and Carolyn Bowman

Laura Rosella is a scientist at PHO, an assistant professor, Epidemiology Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). As a population health researcher, she focuses on the development, validation, and application of novel epidemiologic methods to inform the prevention of chronic diseases.

Beata Pach is the manager of Library Services at PHO. Beata has extensive experience in the design, implementation, and provision of public health information services in Ontario at both the provincial and municipal levels. She is engaged in the design and delivery of information tools to support evidence-informed public health practice for PHO staff as well as for the public health sector in collaboration with the information specialists of the Ontario Public Health Libraries Association.

Carolyn Bowman is a senior research coordinator at PHO and is experienced in evaluation and qualitative research. Her role at PHO is focused on the evaluation, validation, and pilot use of the Public Health Ontario Meta-tool for Quality Appraisal (MetaQAT).

Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).
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