interRAI Network of Canada (Researchers)

John Hirdes, PhD

Professor and Ontario Home Care Research and Knowledge Exchange Chair, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo.

Dr. Hirdes is the senior Canadian Fellow and a Board Member of interRAI (, an international consortium of researchers from 32 countries. He chairs interRAI's international Network of Excellence in Mental Health and the interRAI Network of Canada, a collaborative network of researchers and graduate students from across Canada. He is a member of the interRAI committee that produced the new suite of instruments and care planning protocols, and he led development of several interRAI instruments for mental health and community-based screening. He is also on the Board of the Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN).

Dr. Hirdes has over 130 publications in peer reviewed journals and academic book chapters. His primary areas of interest include geriatric assessment, mental health, health care and service delivery, case mix systems, quality, health information management, social determinants of health, and quantitative research methods. He is currently leading a $1.5 million study funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada on persons with neurological conditions across the continuum of care.

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