Former IFIC Junior Researcher Mudi Kadu talks about how her time with the foundation as a “gateway to learning” more about integrated care and was a major influence on her return to academia as a PhD student. Her studies will focus on economic evaluation of integrated care models for populations with complex medical and social needs where she will draw on her experience with IFIC. She described her time as “a year of adventure” and how the projects she was exposed to will benefit her work for many years to come.
Mudi said: “For many of us, the moments between finishing graduate school and finding a career that brings purpose and passion can be quite daunting. This was the space I found myself in, soon after graduating and working in a performance measurement role at a hospital. Addressing fragmentation in the health system and delivering care oriented towards patients’ needs, has always been a major driver for why I joined the field. While ‘integrated care’ was not a novel concept at that point, it represented a promising solution to improving care coordination, and patient and care giver experiences across their care trajectory. Joining the International Foundation of Integrated Care (IFIC) team as a Junior Researcher from 2016-2017 was my gateway to learn how different integrated care models are developed, implemented and evaluated across the world.
“Whether it was developing technical reports and case studies for IFIC partners such as the World Health Organization, or supporting a network of EU researchers in implementing community-based integrated care models for older adults across countries – it was a year of adventure. Being exposed to so many national and regional practices showed me the incredible power of knowledge exchange in accelerating the implementation of innovative integrated care solutions.
“These experiences with IFIC have deeply influenced my return to academia as a PhD student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Equipped with a better understanding of the importance of evidence-based decision-making in mobilizing health systems change; my current research focuses on the economic evaluation of integrated care models for populations with complex medical and social needs.”
Previously Mudi worked in performance measurement at a hospital in Canada, and completed a MSc. from the School of Public Health & Health Systems at the University of Waterloo (with a focus on gerontology).
Integrated Care Development and Implementation