HHR Researcher Spotlight - Dr. Pamela Baxter

Picture1Dr. Baxter is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean in the School of Nursing at McMaster University. Her program of research focuses on healthcare leadership, health service delivery models and health care funding reform. She has received funding from CIHR, OHHRRN, and the Ontario MoHLTC to examine the topic of patient-based funding in Ontario hospitals. Dr. Baxter has recently published the first systematic review of health care leaders’ experiences implementing funding models internationally. Currently, Dr. Baxter is seeking funding to engage in research that will; 1) provide decision and policy makers with a formative evaluation of the processes used by Ontario health care leaders to implement orthopaedic QBPs; 2) identify effective, innovative orthopaedic care delivery models within a variety of hospital contexts; 3) promote development of the necessary leadership capabilities to effectively implement future QBPs in Ontario hospitals; and 4) guide future QBP implementation efforts by developing a framework to inform PBF and QBP implementation.

Recently Released Publications:

Baxter, P., Hewko, S., Pfaff, K., Cleghorn, L., Cunningham, B. J. Elston, D., & Cummings, G. G. (2015). Leaders’ experiences and perceptions implementing activity-based funding and pay-for-performance hospital funding models: A systematic review. Health Policy. DOI: 

Baxter, P., Cleghorn, L., Alvarado, K., Cummings, G., McKey, C., Kennedy, D., & Pfaff, K. Quality-Based Funding in Ontario:  Exploring organizational leaders’ responses, innovations, barriers and outcomes. Journal of Nurse Management April 24, 2014. Manuscript JNM-14-0096 DOI: 10.1111/jonm.122712014

Baxter, P., Alvarado, K., Kennedy, D., Cummings, C., McKey, C., Introducing patient-based funding into Ontario Hospitals:  A complex task faced by leaders. 2014 Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research Conference, Toronto, ON, May 13-15

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