Research Projects Recruiting Physicians

August 25, 2021: 

 

Information

Project Title

AID: Artificial Intelligence system for assessing and improving community-based Dementia care: Pilot study

Principal Investigator

Dr. Samira A. Rahimi

What is it?

The goal of this research study is to improve dementia care by cultivating the knowledge on early detection of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) (a risk factor of dementia), and early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) using Artificial Intelligence (AI). This study aims to develop an AI-empowered system that can be used by clinicians to detect MCI and AD at earlier stages, and eventually lead to delivering better care and optimal management of MCI and early AD.  

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

We will recruit participants from three cohorts:

  1. Normal/healthy individuals (control group)
  2. Individuals with MCI (who do not meet the dementia criteria)
  3. Individuals with early stages of AD

 

Eligibility criteria

Healthy individuals (n=20)

  1. Inclusion Criteria: (1) 65+ years old (2) can speak English or French
  2. Exclusion Criteria:
  3. Any mental/physical conditions that makes participation in the study and follow up in the next six months difficult (e.g., gait and balance disorders; active mental health problems, those who require the use of a medical device or cane for mobility issues).
  4. Individuals with major hearing and vision impairments.
  5. Individuals without an internet connection.

    Patients with MCI (n=20):

    Exclusion criteria include individuals without an internet connection.

     

    Patients with early AD (n=20):

    Exclusion criteria include individuals an internet connection.

    Time requirement

    N/A

    Length of participation (Approx. Start and end date)

    Up to three months (September - November 2021).

    Compensation

    $25 e-card per participant

    Recruitment deadline + how to indicate interest

    Ongoing. We will continue until we reach the desired number of participants.

    Link for more information (if applicable)

    N/A

    Contact information of PI and/or admin support

    Samira Rahimi at (514) 399-9218 or samira.rahimi [at] mcgill.ca or xicare.fammed [at] mcgill.ca 

     

    June 14, 2021: 

     

    Information

    Project Title

    Xi-Care: eXplainable intelligent system for Cardiovascular disease management among women in primary care; Need assessment

    Principal Investigator

    Dr. Samira A. Rahimi

    What is it?

    Our long-term goal is to improve quality of care and patient outcome by early detection and timely management of CVD among women using cutting edge AI technologies.

    Our objective for this study is to assess needs, preferences, and perspectives on ethical aspects of AI among primary care providers and women at risk for CVD regarding different areas of prevention and management of CVD in women.

    Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

    We are looking for health care providers who:

    • Are either family medicine physicians, nurses, pharmacists, cardiologists, and/or endocrinologists;
    • Have patients who are female, over the age of 40 and are at risk of CVD;
    • Are not on the advisory board of this current research study (called Xi-Care);
    • Are able to speak and write in English.

    We are looking for 20-30 women that match the following criteria:

    • Women over the age of 40

    Have one or more of the following risk factors 

    • Smoking
    • Obesity (BMI over 30)
    • Hypertension
    • Dyslipidemia
    • Diabetes Mellitus
    • History of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy
    • Speaks and writes in English.
    • Lives in province of Quebec.
    • Is willing to volunteer to participate in our Xi-Care study

    Time requirement

    N/A

    Length of participation (Approx. Start and end date)

    Duration of interviews. Mention>> 60-90 minutes

    Compensation

    $25 e-card per participant

    Recruitment deadline + how to indicate interest

    Ongoing. We will continue until we reach the desired number of participants/data saturation.

    Link for more information (if applicable)

    N/A

    Contact information of PI and/or admin support

    Samira Rahimi at (514) 399-9218 or samira.rahimi [at] mcgill.ca or xicare.fammed [at] mcgill.ca

    June 16, 2021: 

     

    Information 

    100-word blurb describing recruitment call

    We are working in collaboration with the McGill University Health Center to offer low dose tomography to screen smokers at high risk of lung cancer. We envision screening 700 patients in the Montreal region during the first year of this project.

    We are in need of "volunteer" family physicians or nurse practitioners to assume the care of orphaned patients. In our region, we are seeking 30 to 40 family physicians in total. Each family physician will receive 3 to 5 requests for "prise en charge" of orphaned patients. Your responsibility will be to review the report of the lung cancer screening CT scan.

    Expectations of the "voluntary" family physician:

    1. The CT scan will be prescribed by the coordination center in your name if the patient is orphaned and from your geographic region.
    2.  
    3. will receive a standardized report. The follow up of all worrisome findings suggesting possible lung cancer will be provided by the provincial program and the coordination center of the designated respirologists. The recommended follow up chest CT scan will be organized by the coordination center.

    4.  
    5. You would be responsible for any incidental non cancer findings on the chest CT scan. Your "prise en charge" aims to manage the treatment of incidental findings (thyroid nodules being most frequent). This will be clearly indicated in the conclusion of the standardized report. This type of incidental findings occur in only 10% of individuals screened.

    6.  
    7. The patient will receive their CT sacn report by mail, indicating the appropriate follow up in an appropriate language through the navigation center.

    8.  
    9. You are not responsible to register the patients under your permanent "prise en charge", though you do have the option to do so, if you wish.

     

    We are seeking your assistance to follow these orphaned patients until they are assigned a family doctor. If you are interested, you may reply via the survey at the link enclosed further below.

    Project Title

    Lung Cancer Screening Pilot Project: Prise en charge of orphaned patients

    Principal Investigator

    Dr. Nicole Ezer

    Type of Research

    Clinical Demonstration Project of Lung Cancer Screening

    Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria of Participants

    Eligibility of patients will be determined by the provincial coordination center. Each patient will have and personalized lung cancer risk assessment, based on specific guidelines. Patients may be referred for screening by family physicians, Specialized Nurse Practitioners or FMSQ specialists.

    The project will also permit auto-referrals by orphaned patients (those without a family doctor).

    Time Requirement

    Varies based on specific abnormality found in each orphaned patient. We estimate a maximum of 5 orphaned patients per year to be referred to each participating family physician.

    Length of participation (Approx. Start and end date)

    Starting on June 14, 2021 for one to two years duration

    Compensation

    Paid by RAMQ as per each patient's need for follow up of incidental abnormal findings on the CT scan

    Recruitment deadline + how to indicate interest

    ASAP and before July 30, 2021.

    Please compete the short survey enclosed at bottom of the first page of this link:

    https://www.quebec.ca/sante/conseils-et-prevention/depistage-et-offre-de-tests-de-porteur/projet-demonstration-depistage-cancer-du-poumon?gclid=Cj0KCQjwktKFBhCkARIsAJeDT0j-KE65cDilp9wIjh82vUBsD2OZSHW1KTyUtQedu0N-XmF8mR0ZMjQaAi8YEALw_wcB

    Link for more information (if applicable)

    For more information on the screening project, visit the Ministry of Health and Social Services website here:

    https://www.quebec.ca/sante/conseils-et-prevention/depistage-et-offre-de-tests-de-porteur/projet-demonstration-depistage-cancer-du-poumon?gclid=Cj0KCQjwktKFBhCkARIsAJeDT0j-KE65cDilp9wIjh82vUBsD2OZSHW1KTyUtQedu0N-XmF8mR0ZMjQaAi8YEALw_wcB

    Contact information of PI and/or admin support

    PI: nicole.ezer [at] mcgill.ca

     

    Clinico-admin support: christine.bouchard [at] muhc.mcgill.ca

     

    Family Medicine Resource: Anita.Brownjohnson.med [at] ssss.gouv.qc.ca

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