Joint & Bone Initiative

Dr. Jacquline Marsh

The Bone and Joint Institute (BJI) recently hired Dr. Jacquelyn Marsh to the position of Musculoskeletal Health Economics.  Dr. Marsh is a Western Alumna in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, in Measurement and Methods. Her graduate work focused on evaluating the validity and reliability of methods to improve the efficiency of data collection for patients undergoing hip replacement surgery.  She also led a novel study to investigate the validity and cost effectiveness of web-based follow-ups after total joint replacement to improve wait times and value of care for orthopedic patients. Following her graduate studies at Western, she completed a PDF at St. Michaels Hospital and the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, in Toronto, working with health economists at the Centre for Excellence in Economic Analysis Research.

Dr. Marsh’s research program at Western will investigate the cost effectiveness of innovative rehabilitation and surgical intervention strategies to improve the value of MSK healthcare. In 2017 Dr. Marsh will take part in the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) Western Faculty Scholars program, a two-year training program to support and prepare faculty of Western University to become future ICES Scientists. ICES datasets document province-wide patterns and trends in healthcare delivery, and allow a more comprehensive view of specific healthcare issues, providing an efficient, accurate and reliable method of evaluating large amounts of data.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are a leading cause of disability and reduced quality of life for individuals of all ages and represent a substantial, growing economic burden. The number of Canadians with MSK diseases is predicted to increase substantially, contributing to significant increases in health care utilization and rising costs, which introduces tremendous strains on the health care system. Dr. Marsh’s research interests and expertise in designing and implementing economic evaluations align nicely with the Bone and Joint Institute’s mission to become a global leader in bone and joint research, and the identified priorities of excellence in innovation, collaboration, education, and knowledge translation.  The BJI and Western’s commitment to fostering collaborative research across disciplines and faculties provides an ideal environment to conduct high impact, policy relevant research to address the value of MSK healthcare interventions.