This theme aims to understand how the delivery of care and services, innovations, technologies and treatments influence the experience of care and the quality of life of patients and their relatives. Diverse research approaches are required to assess the experience of care of patients and their families, in order to provide the highest quality care and services. Projects using mixed methods carried out in residential and long-term care facilities and home support in Quebec have led to significant reductions in hospitalizations and emergency transfers for these vulnerable individuals. In nephrology, mixed-design studies assess the experience and quality of life of patients and their relatives living with advanced chronic kidney disease.
Basic researchers and clinicians are very active in national and international committees, and participate in more than thirty studies, either academic or in connection with the pharmaceutical industry. They are also members of the Nephrology Research Consortium of the University of Montreal, which brings together the largest hospital institutions in the Montreal agglomeration and whose mission is to promote cutting-edge research on kidney disease.