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dr. brenda gamble Brenda Gamble

Dr. Brenda Gamble is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).  She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto with a PhD in Medical Sciences(2006).

Brenda’s research focuses on allied health professionals and healthcare leaders. She is Principal Investigator for the CIHR Meetings, Planning and Dissemination (MPD) grant Quality and Safety: Canada's Medical Laboratory Sector. The MPD program provides development funds to facilitate collaboration among an interdisciplinary team, working in partnership with key stakeholders and policy makers across the medical laboratory sector in Canada, with the objective of building the proposed Partnership for Health System Improvement (PHSI). The goals of the PHSI are to identify best practices for the delivery of high quality laboratory services, with particular emphasis on the implications of the identified organizational and structural variables. The PHSI will clarify what is known about best practices to achieve quality and safety across jurisdictions and settings for medical laboratory services. Particular attention will be paid to accreditation, other quality assurance mechanisms, training requirements, and the setting within which the laboratory operates.

Brenda is also a co-investigator on 3 other CIHR grants. As a co-investigator on the CIHR Team in Community Care and Health Human Resources, Brenda partners with allied health Regulatory Colleges to study resource shifts of these health professionals across sub-sectors, with an emphasis on shifts from hospital to community; and to analyze the factors which are associated with retention of these workers, both within their profession, and within their sub-sector. As well, she has collaborated with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and the Canadian Home Care Association conducting national surveys to ascertain the views of these stakeholders on educational requirements, leadership competencies and interprofessional practice as it pertains to healthcare leaders across professions.
As a co-investigator on the CIHR grant, Approaches to Accountability, she is currently identifying and examining the approaches to accountability for Ontario’s medical laboratory sector, Ontario’s Regulated Health Professions and the City of Toronto’s Long-Term Care Homes and Services.

Brenda is a member of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Sciences’ Research Ethics Board, McMaster University’s Nursing Health Services Research Unit, the UOIT Health Education Research Technology Research Unit and serves as Lead for the Steering Committee for the Development of a Health Administration undergraduate program at UOIT. For more information on specific projects go to:

Provincial Governments and Laboratory Services
Local Governments and Homes for the Aged
Public Health Agency and Public Health Labs
Professional Regulatory Bodies

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