Dear patient alumni members:

In our ongoing efforts towards engaging patients of the UOHI we, the Alumni and the UOHI, are supporting this survey.

The UOHI research team is planning to use existing data to design a patient-centered decision tool for treating coronary artery disease in people with weak hearts. Currently, three treatment strategies are available: bypass surgery, stents and medications-only. Research to date has focused on outcomes that are easy to measure, such as death and recurrent heart attacks. We want to help patients and clinicians make treatment choices tailored to outcomes that our patients truly desire.

For instance, studies show that patients are not only interested in treatments that prolong life but also in quality of life after treatment. Avoidance of stroke, recurrent hospital admissions, or need for nursing home care, etc. may therefore be more important to some than survival alone.  We are therefore conducting a brief survey to gather valuable perspectives from our alumni, and to provide the basis for studying outcomes that would have an important impact on your quality of life.

Please follow the survey monkey link below (“A Survey of Patient-Centered Outcomes”, REB Protocol #20170618). The brief survey should take no more than a couple of minutes to complete. Your participation is voluntary and one-time only, and completion of this survey implies your consent to sharing your perspectives with us. This research will lead to future studies of patient-centered outcomes and will be used to guide choice of therapies to optimize quality of life. There is no risk to participating in this survey, as no name or personal information will be collected.

We thank you for supporting research at the Heart Institute. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Dr. Sun at 613-696-7381.


Louise Sun, MD SM FRCPC

Cardiac Anesthesiologist, UOHI

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Epidemiology, University of Ottawa

Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences