Research We Do

The Manitoba Centre for Health Policy carries out research on the health and well-being of Manitobans. Three main research areas include Deliverables, Research Collaboration and Individual Research Programs.

MCHP Deliverables

Our researchers carry out research using the Repository under contract to the Manitoba Government through Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living and the Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet to provide analyses to support policy development or service planning. These studies usually take 2-3 years to complete and we publish 4-5 Deliverables (reports) annually.

For more information on MCHP Deliverables, please see our Publications and Presentations web page.

We will be publishing new deliverables soon:

Research Collaboration

Centre researchers collaborate on large projects using the Repository. Current projects include:

1. SPECTRUM (Social Policy Evaluation Collaborative Team Research at Universities in Manitoba)

The SPECTRUM (Social Policy Evaluation Collaborative Team Research at Universities in Manitoba) partnership plans to work together to seek ways to improve social services programs and policies in Manitoba and beyond. The project will involve both qualitative and quantitative research, drawing on the information available in the Manitoba Population Research Data Repository housed at the University of Manitoba.

MCHP researchers have been funded to March 2021 to build the SPECTRUM partnership and establish a number of research projects.

2. Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES)

The Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES) project is a pan-Canadian program of research to use population approaches to provide rapid answers to questions about drug safety and effectiveness. Dr. Dan Chateau leads this work in Manitoba.

To date, eight CNODES sub-projects have been completed and the following nine sub-projects are in progress, with more at the proposal and/or feasibility stage.

  • Trends in rates of prescription opioid-related deaths across Canada (Manitoba site lead: Patricia Caetano)
  • Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) and venous thromboembolism (Manitoba site lead: Salah Mahmud)
  • Comparative effectiveness of pharmacological treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (Manitoba site lead: Dan Chateau)
  • Use of prescription medications before, during and after pregnancy in Manitoba (Manitoba site leads: Dan Chateau & Colette Raymond)
  • Use of systemic oral fluoroquinolones in Canada (Manitoba site leads: Shawn Bugden & Dan Chateau)
  • Utilization and adverse outcomes of ondansetron and fluconazole therapy during pregnancy (Manitoba site lead: Colette Raymond)
  • Direct oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation (Manitoba site lead: I Fan Kuo)
  • Isotretinoin use among women of reproductive age and the risk of pregnancy and adverse pregnancy outcomes including spontaneous abortion and major congenital malformation (Manitoba site lead: Shawn Bugden)
  • Safety of incretin-based therapies with regards to incidence of pancreatitis and/or pancreatic cancer (Manitoba site lead: Laura Targownik)

3. PATHS Equity for Children

The PATHS Equity for Children project focuses on intervention programs intended to reduce inequities for children. Dr. Marni Brownell is the program lead.

Research teams evaluated 12 different interventions to determine their impact on:

  • The overall health and well-being of children in Manitoba; and
  • Inequities in child health and well-being by (a) sex, (b) socioeconomic status, and/or (c) geographic region (urban/rural place of residence).

The final analyses for the program of research are concluding. The last project is an integrative analysis that assesses whether combinations of programs or services are more effective than individual ones, and whether combinations are more effective simultaneously or sequentially. The integrative analysis also considers whether programs aimed at supporting a particular population are reaching their targets.

Individual Research Programs

Centre researchers run their own individual research programs using the Repository. You can find a list of current MCHP research scientists here:

MCHP Faculty and Staff.

Additional external researchers use the Data Repository. A list of current active researchers and their projects is available here:

Active Research Using the Repository.