Dr. Jousse Lecture Series

Welcome to the new Dr. Albin T Jousse Lecture Series in collaboration with Best Practice Forum, which is sponsored by the Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory, the Spinal Cord Rehab Program, the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team, and Toronto Rehab.

The purpose of this lecture series is to provide a venue for scientists, physicians and clinicians working in rehab settings as well as students, consumers and their caregivers to share knowledge, present the latest research findings and participate in a dialogue on what it means to live with disability. The lectures will be 45 minute long followed by 15 minutes of questions.

Coordinator of the Dr. Albin T. Jousse Lecture Series is Dr. Kristin Musselman . If you have any comments, concerns or would like to present please send us an email at kristin.musselman@uhn.ca.

The series is currently in its 11th season.

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Dr. Sara Guilcher, Lauren Cadel and Amanda Everall – How can we improve medication management for persons with spinal cord injury/ dysfunction?

December 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Persons with spinal cord injury and dysfunction (SCI/D) often experience multimorbidity and secondary complications. Pharmacological treatments are often used to manage these conditions and complications. Funded by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, we used mixed methods to better understand medication management for persons with spinal cord injury and dysfunction (SCI/D). Using administrative health data, we described the prevalence and risk factors associated with polypharmacy and opioid use for persons with traumatic spinal cord injuries and non-traumatic spinal cord dysfunction. Using qualitative semi-structured interviews, we explored the experiences of healthcare and service providers and persons with SCI/D with medication (self-) management. We will discuss the findings and implications for research, practice/everyday life, and policy.

About the Speakers

Dr. Sara Guilcher is an Assistant Professor at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, and cross-appointed with the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI), University of Toronto. Dr. Guilcher is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and an Affiliate Scientist at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital. As a physical therapist and clinical epidemiologist, Dr. Guilcher’s research vision is to improve health service delivery and quality of care across the continuum, specifically for marginalized populations with complex health and social needs. Dr. Guilcher holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Embedded Clinician Salary Award working with Health Quality Ontario to optimize transitions of care among persons with complex needs.
Often using multi-methods (e.g., administrative health claims, qualitative methods, survey research), Dr. Guilcher’s research relates to clinical/social epidemiology, health equity, disability and multimorbidity.


Lauren Cadel (MSc) is a Research Coordinator at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and a Research Associate at the Institute for Better Health at Trillium Health Partners. In 2019, Lauren completed her Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Sara Guilcher. Her thesis focused on exploring the attitudes, beliefs and experiences of persons with spinal cord injury/ dysfunction pertaining to the management of prescribed and unprescribed medications.


Amanda Everall (MSc) is a Research Coordinator at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. She completed her Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toronto in 2018. Her thesis research used a multi-case study approach to describe the community pharmacy enablers (structures and processes) that supported best practice adherence-focused medication review services. Her research resulted in the development of a conceptual definition





December 12, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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