Raja Ravi

BSc, MRT(T), BSc, MRT(T)

Affiliations: College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario

Credit Valley Hospital (Radiation Therapist), Credit Valley Hospital (Radiation Therapist)

Research Interests:

I am passionate about enhancing education for patients undergoing specific medical procedures. In today's medical landscape, there is a plethora of information available regarding different treatment types, outcomes and clinical decisions. I believe that allowing better access to this information, and providing patients with the tools necessary to navigate the web of medical knowledge that is present will allow for more collaborative patient-centred care. Due to the wide variety of ways in which people learn and retain information and the multitude of resources available, I believe a Translational Research approach to patient education will allow for better care, and a team-based approach that puts the patient first.

Brief Bio:

Raja is passionate about empowering healthcare workers with the knowledge and training they require to deliver timely, accurate and quality care. He is committed to impacting the healthcare landscape through strategic work as Chair of the Image Guidance Committee and member of the Treatment Delivery Review Committee. His research on quality-initiative improvements relating to image guidance and target localization align with his passion for driving advancement in his field. He hopes to learn more about the translational framework to affect the end-user experience in technological innovation. When Raja isn’t playing tennis, he is reading about (fictional and non-fictional) space exploration.

Capstone Project:

The Sunnybrook Pre-Anesthesia Clinic (PAC) aims to optimize patients for their surgery by providing them with critical information for their journey in addition to allowing the anesthesiologist to coordinate patient care for the procedure. Ultimately, this step allows for better overall outcomes for patients by reducing the risk of surgical complications and improving patient recovery post-surgery. However, literature has reported that prolonged wait times at preoperative clinics, poor understanding of the surgical procedure and overall negative patient satisfaction can be seen as burdensome, resulting in preoperative anxiety. This has the potential to negatively impact the patient by contributing to downstream effects, such as increased recovery times and medication requirements, postoperative complications, and pain. In 2018, a preliminary needs assessment conducted by our team observed some of these findings with patients and care providers within the PAC. In our investigation, we hope to employ a patient-centered approach in identifying patient needs and co-creating a strategy to develop a more holistic care experience within the PAC.

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