My collaborators and I are incredibly grateful for the support received from Physician Services Inc. (PSI) over the past 7 years. More recently, the Foundation provided funding for the highly important HIP ATTACK trial, which will provide us the opportunity to understand, and to clearly answer the question of whether early surgery for hip fracture patients will improve post-operative outcomes and quality of life. The trial is well underway at both the Juravinski Hospital and St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton with over 100 participants enrolled to date.
The support from PSI has allowed us to offset both, research personnel costs and nursing costs required to facilitate accelerated surgery for hip fracture patients at participating sites. In addition, the funding is being used to support research staff and costs associated with central coordination of the trial at the Population Health Research Institute. Ultimately, the funding received from PSI will be crucial to supporting our recruitment goal of 200 patients in Hamilton by June 2016.
The publications related to this and my other projects that are in-part funded by PSI include the following:
HIP ATTACK Investigators. Accelerated care versus standard care among patients with hip fracture: the HIP ATTACK pilot trial. CMAJ. 2014;186(1):E52-60.
Chiavaras MM, Jacobson JA, Carlos R, Maida E, Bentley T, Simunovic N, Swinton M, Bhandari M. IMpact of Platelet Rich plasma OVer alternative therapies in patients with lateral Epicondylitis (IMPROVE): protocol for a multicenter randomized controlled study: a multicenter, randomized trial comparing autologous platelet-rich plasma, autologous whole blood, dry needle tendon fenestration, and physical therapy exercises alone on pain and quality of life in patients with lateral epicondylitis. Acad Radiol. 2014;21(9):1144-55.
FAITH Investigators. Fixation using alternative implants for the treatment of hip fractures (FAITH): design and rationale for a multi-centre randomized trial comparing sliding hip screws and cancellous screws on revision surgery rates and quality of life in the treatment of femoral neck fractures. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2014;15:219.
Dr. Mohit Bhandari immigrated from India with his family to Canada in 1970 and has resided in Ontario ever since. He attended primary and secondary school in Hamilton, Ontario, began his Bachelors Degree in Biology at McMaster University and transitioned to the University of Toronto after 2 years as an early entry admission to Medical School in 1994. He began his sub-speciality training in Orthopaedic Surgery at McMaster University thereafter and completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University during his specialty training in orthopaedic surgery. He travelled for a brief period to United States to obtain super-specialized training in trauma surgery with world experts and returned to McMaster University as a Faculty member in 2004. While running a busy practice, Dr. Bhandari successfully completed his Doctorate (PhD) of Clinical Sciences at Goteburg University in Sweden.
By 2012, Dr. Bhandari was a full Professor and Academic Chair of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at McMaster University and a distinguished Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Trauma.
His research interests include the management of patients with traumatic injuries, and most recently, he has shifted his focus to identifying and assisting women with these injuries resulting from intimate partner violence. Most regard Dr. Bhandari as the foremost authority in the translation of knowledge from orthopaedic research to clinical practice (Evidence-Based Orthopaedics).