Montfort consolidates its position amongst Canada’s top 40 research hospitals

Hôpital Montfort ranks 18th in Ontario

Ottawa, Thursday, November 10, 2016 – Hôpital Montfort ranks amongst Canada's Top 40 Research Hospitals for the second year in a row, according to an annual survey published by Research InfoSource Inc, a leading information source on research and development in Canada.

Thanks to the dedication to research, clinical placements management and continuing professional development of the Institut du savoir Montfort, the hospital ranks 38th among the top research hospitals in Canada and 18th among the 20 research hospitals in Ontario.

As for research intensity, Montfort ranks 32nd in Canada, with an average of $142,000 per researcher affiliated with its research institute. 

An example of innovative research conducted at Montfort 

Dr. Diana Koszycki, holder of a Mental Health research chair from the Institut du savoir Montfort and the University of Ottawa, is a pioneer in treating social anxiety with an approach integrating mindfulness meditation and spiritual practices. 

Social anxiety disorder is one of the most common psychiatric illnesses. According to a 2015 Statistics Canada report, nearly one out of 10 Canadians is affected by social anxiety disorder each year. The intensity of the fear and the avoidance behaviour that result from social anxiety can cause significant psychological distress and have a great impact on the individual’s quality of life.

Meditation based on full awareness (mindfulness) is a long-standing practice that teaches a person how to calm mind and body, to be more mindful of his or her experiences, to deal with unpleasant situations and to be more compassionate toward self and others.

With her research team, Dr. Koszycki is now conducting a study funded by the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, to compare the effectiveness of two therapies for people affected by Social Anxiety Disorder – a mindfulness-based intervention versus cognitive behaviour therapy. 

The project, which already involves 90 participants, has the potential to better document the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation as an innovative treatment for social anxiety disorder, and to create greater awareness of this treatment among socially anxious individuals.

This is only one of the many research projects being conducted at Montfort, amongst 47 researchers affiliated with the research institute.

Hôpital Montfort is Ontario’s Francophone academic hospital, offering exemplary person-centred care. The hospital serves over 1.2 million people in Eastern Ontario, in both official languages. In 2014, it earned Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada, and was designated Best Practices Spotlight Organization by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.

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