KKuluski[at]bridgepointhealth.caKerry Kuluski is a Research Scientist at the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation and an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. Prior to joining the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation as a Scientist, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Bridgepoint Health which included a 6 month Visiting Fellowship at the University of Oxford with the Health Experiences Research Group. In 2010 she completed her PhD at the University of Toronto in Health Services Research, with a focus on aging and health policy.
Kerry's program of research examines the needs and experiences of individuals with complex chronic conditions (i.e., individuals with one or more chronic health problems that become difficult to manage). Some of the challenges faced by this population include the management of multiple co-occurring conditions, functional impairments, depression, anxiety, fluctuating health, and ongoing heavy care needs. Despite generating a significant cost to the health care system, little is known about the experiences and care needs of these patients.
Kerry is working with care managers from across jurisdictions and settings to examine how to tailor care to meet the needs of different types of individuals with complex chronic conditions (i.e., young and mid-life adults who have had their life interrupted by illness compared to older persons who are experiencing illness as an expected part of the aging process).