Friday, February 24, 2012

THE Ontario Heath Study INSIDER – FEBRUARY 2012

The Ontario Health Study approaches a major milestone!

Thanks to each and every one of you, we are now very close to reaching the milestone of 100,000 participants with completed questionnaires. This is an amazing way to head into the new year! As of Feb. 14, more than 95,000 participants have completed the OHS questionnaire. We’ll be in touch when we reach this incredible milestone.

Such a large number of participants makes the Ontario Health Study one of the biggest and most successful health research studies in the world. The OHS is already the largest health study in Canadian history. So congratulations for being a part of something big – and thank you!

If you’re interested in becoming an OHS Community Champion and helping us to recruit even more Ontarians into the Study, please visit the Community page at

What’s new at

We have a couple of new videos for you to check out at The first is an "OHS on the Street" video, where Ontarians tell us why health matters to them. The other new video is the inaugural profile in our series of "Meet the Researchers" videos. Our first researcher profiled is Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe, a physician at Women’s College Hospital who co-chairs our Diabetes Working Group. You can find these videos on our Community page.

What's Next

The Ontario Health Study has always enjoyed the support of physicians who work in hospitals and clinics across Ontario. So it was a natural progression for the OHS to look to hospital clinics and medical facilities as good venues for telling potential participants about the Study. We’re happy to report that recruitment efforts undertaken by Women’s College Hospital, Sunnybrook Hospital’s Odette Cancer Centre and the STOP Study (the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s anti-smoking program) have proven successful.

The next phase of the Study’s clinic-based recruitment is set to take place at Women’s College Hospital (WCH). Currently in the Osteoporosis Clinic, OHS recruitment will expand to the After Cancer Treatment Transition (ACTT) Clinic and other clinics within the hospital’s department of Medicine.

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