• Impact of compassionate care interventions on professional practice
• Healthcare system transformation and emerging roles for social work
• Interprofessional collaboration / interprofessional education and its impact on professional practice
Keith Adamson is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. Dr. Adamson brings more than 20 years of professional experience in clinical, management and professional practice leadership roles, as well as expertise in Clinical Governance. He has held progressively senior management roles at Women’s College Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto. Dr. Adamson’s management roles have expanded from providing a professional practice lens for the Social Work profession solely to an expanded scope where he held roles that were responsible for the practice of all health disciplines. Keith has also been active in the healthcare community and has held various professional appointments such as the past Chair of the Toronto Health Sciences Academic Network on Inter-professional Collaborative practice, a past Vice-President at the Parkdale Community Health Centre (Toronto), and since 2014, Co-Chair of the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network’s Health Professionals Advisory Committee.
Dr. Adamson is the President of the Ontario Association of Social Workers, a position he has held since 2014. Through the association he has led the development of a provincial strategy (2014-2018) that focuses on increasing research that provides evidence on the contributions of social work to the broader system; that enhances the public’s understanding of the value of social workers through a marketing campaign, and that augments professional development initiatives for social workers especially in emerging areas of clinical practice. Furthermore, through various collaborations with healthcare system stakeholders Dr. Adamson pursues research that seeks to explore new roles for social work within a changing healthcare system.
Kapetanos, M, Dionne, J, Lawson T, Enriquez S, Klutt, J, Seah, J, Graney, S, Adamson, K. A Roadmap for Co-Creating Interprofessional Models of Care, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Sep 2009 ISBN 978-0-9813041-0-6. Co-Author and Collaborator
Adamson K, Cadell S, Loomis C. (2017). Interprofessional Empathy: A new approach to teamwork. Submitted to the Journal of Interprofessional Care (Under review)
Adamson K, Sensavang S, Searl N, Rumney P, Myers S, Hunter J, Yardley Y, George M, (2017). Caring for the healthcare professional: Addressing the social and emotional impacts of providing clinical care. Submitted to Journal of Health and Organizational Management. (Under review)
Adamson K, Sensavang S, Myers S, Searl N( 2017). Developing a compassionate culture within pediatric rehabilitation: Does the Schwartz Rounds™ support both clinical and non-clinical hospital workers in managing their work experiences? Qualitative Health Research. (Under Review).
Adamson K, Sengsavang S , Charise A, Wall S, Kinross L, Balkaran M. ( 2017). The Impact of Narrative Training as a Method to Promote Nursing Empathy within a Pediatric Rehabilitation Setting: (under review)
Lam-Damji, S, Fay, L., Adamson K. and al. Occupational Therapists’ Use of Apps in Rehabilitation. Submitted to Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics (under review)
Maxwell, J., Adamson, K., Karmali, A., Verweel, L. ( 2017) Clinical Documentation in an Era of Increasing Transparency: The Impact of Electronic Portals on Care [in press]. Healthcare Quarterly.
King, G, Maxwell J, Karmali A, Hagens, S, Madhu P, Williams L, Adamson K. (2017). Connecting Families to their Health Record and Care Team: The Use, Utility and Impact of a Client/Family Health Portal at a Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital. Journal of Medical Internet Research April; 19(4).
Lee T, Norton A, Hayes S, Adamson K, Schwellnus H, Evans C. (2017) Exploring parents perceptions and how physiotherapy supports transition from rehabilitation to school for youth with an ABI. Journal of physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. January 2017.
Maxwell J, Williams L, Adamson K, Karmali A, Quinlan B. (2016). Supporting Client and Family engagement through the planning and implementation of an online consumer health portal. : Journal of Patient Experience. Volume (3) 48-51.
Engles L, Yeung K, Rabel A, Schwellnus H, Adamson, K (2016) It Just Feels Weird: A Qualitative Study on How Children aged 8 – 18 years Describe Neuropathic Pain: Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation. August 2016: 1-8 [Epub ahead of print].
Adamson K, Bains J, Pantea L, Tyrhwitt L, Tolomiczenko G, and Mitchell, T ( 2012) . Understanding the Patients’ Perspective of Emotional Support to Significantly Improve Overall Patient Satisfaction. Healthcare Quarterly, 15(4) Oct 2012: 63-69. Principal Author
Baetz, M, McEvoy C, Adamson, K, Loomis C, (2012) Understanding the Possible Impact of a Community Service Learning Experience During University on Career Development. Canadian Journal of Career Development, volume. 11, No. 1. Co-Author or Collaborator
Fayter, R, Adamson, K, Beaulac, J, Mace, C. (2010) Collaboratively Envisioning the Future of Community Psychology in Canada: From Talk to Action. Canadian Psychology, volume 51, No. 2, p 106-116. Co-Principal Author
Presentations and Special Lectures
Abstracts and Other Papers
May 2016 Presenter. Understanding the Impact of Narrative Training as a Method to Promote Nursing Empathy within Pediatric Rehabilitation. 4th Wellbeing at Work Conference, Amsterdam. Presenter(s): Adamson, K, Sengsavang S, Charise A, Kinross L
Oct 2015 Presenter. LIFEspan – Living Independently Fully Engaged – an inter-facility transition service providing high quality health care and a unique opportunity for interprofessional education. Collaborating Across Borders V, Roanoke, United States. Presenter(s): Adamson, K, Maxwell J, Searl N.
Oct 2015 Presenter. A Self -Reflective Community: Using Documentation Self Audit as a Cornerstone for Collaborative Learning and Practice. Collaborating Across Borders V, Roanoke, United
States. Presenter(s): Adamson, K, Maxwell J, Searl N.
Oct 2015 Presenter. Engaging clients and families as partners in care: Implementation of the connect2care Consumer Health Portal. Collaborating Across Borders V, Roanoke, United States. Presenter(s): Adamson, K, Maxwell J, Searl N.
Oct 2015 Presenter. Interprofessional Practice and Barriers to Outcome Measurement in Healthcare. Collaborating Across Borders V, Roanoke, United States. Presenter(s): Adamson, K, Maxwell J, Searl N.
Jun 2014 Presenter. Interprofessional Collaboration and Documentation: Navigating through the Legal Complexity of Regulatory Rules. All Together Better Health VII Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. Presenter(s): Adamson, K, Thomson, N, Maxwell, J, Bradley, K.
Jun 2014 Presenter. Development and Implementation of Interprofessional Patient Safety and Care Planning Tools in the Electronic Health Record. All Together Better Health VII Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. Presenter(s): Adamson, K, Thomson, N, Maxwell, J, Bradley, K.
Jun 2013 Presenter. Interprofessional Care Delivery Model in Pediatric Neurological Rehabilitation: Optimizing the Patient Experience. Collaborating Across Borders IV, Vancouver, Canada. Presenter(s): Bradley, K, Adamson, K.
Oct 2012 Presenter. A Model of Excellence: The Development of an Inter-Professional and Collaborative Inpatient Admission Process. All Together Better Health Conference VI, Kobe, Japan. Presenter(s): Bradley, K, Falzon, K, Adamson, K.
Apr 2012 Presenter. 100% Documentation Standards: Foundational for Quality Care. International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, Paris. Presenter(s): Schleifer Taylor, J, Hunter, J, Adamson, K. Falzon, K, Killey, N, Millar, T, Savage, D, Wade S
Sep 2011 Presenter. Interprofessional Empathy and Collaborative practice. European Interprofessional Practice and Education Network, Gente, Belgium. Presenter(s): Adamson, K, Loomis, C.
May 2007 Presenter. Rethinking Empowerment: A Paradigm Shift
The 4th Annual Qualitative Research Conference, Champagne, Illinois. Presenter: Adamson, K
Oct 2007 Presenter. Impact of Community Service Learning on University Students’ Career Development. Symposium presented at the 7th International Research in Service – Learning and Community Engagement Conference, Tampa, Florida, U.S.A. Presenter(s): McEvoy, C, Adamson, K, Baetz, M, & Loomis, C.
Abstracts and Other Papers
Nov 2015 Presenter. The development of WikiOutcomes: A dynamic, interprofessional online database of pediatric outcome measures. Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services, Toronto, Canada.
Sep 2015 Presenter. Social Work in Rehabilitation: Exploring a World of Possibility 2015. University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Introduction to Social Work Conference, Toronto, Canada.
Sep 2015 Presenter. Partnerships and Collaboration: What is it all about anyway? Renison College, University of Waterloo, Masters of Social Work class, Canada.
Feb 2014 Presenter. Understanding the Patient’s Perspective of Emotional Support to Significantly Improve Overall Patient Satisfaction: The Story Behind the Article. National Research Corporation of Canada, National Webinar. Presenters: Adamson, K, Bains, J.
Nov 2013 Presenter. Listening to the Human Side: A Collaborative Approach to Building an Electronic Health Record, Canada Health Infoway Conference. Plenary Session, Halifax, NS
Nov 2013 Presenter. Mitigating Risk in Private Practice. Strategies to Mitigate Risk in Social Work Practice. Ontario Association of Social Workers. Appreciation Event, Toronto, Canada.
Jun 2013 Presenter. Supporting Interprofessional Collaboration through an Innovative Professional Practice Model Presentation. Collaborating Across Borders IV, Vancouver, Canada. Adamson, K, Bradley, K.
Nov 2012 Presenter. The Development of a Pediatric Inpatient Admission Process, Toronto ABI Network Conference, Poster, Toronto, Canada. Presenter(s): Falzon, K., Bradley, K., Schoon, J, Adamson, K.
Nov 2012 Presenter. Collaborative Interprofessional Assessment in Inpatient Acquired Brain Injury Toronto ABI Network Conference, Poster, Toronto, Canada. Presenter(s): Bradley, K, Falzon, K, Schoon, J, Adamson, K.
Mar 2009 Presenter. Enhancing Interprofessional Practice Through Team Coaching. Collaborating Across Borders II Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Presenter(s): Adamson, K, Dionne J, Graney, S, McLaney, E.
Mar 2009 Presenter. An Assertive Interprofessional Respiratory Team in the Emergency Department. Collaborating Across Borders II Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Presenter(s): Adamson, K, Dionne, J, Kapetanos, M, Lawson, T.
May 2008 Presenter. Discovering the Essence of Emotional Support – What Hospitals Need to Know. Catholic Health Association of Canada Convention, Vancouver, May. Presenter(s): Adamson, K, Bains, J.
April 2016 to April 2017. Principal Site Investigator, Bloorview Research Institute. Understanding the impact of the Schwartz Rounds on Clinical and Non-Clinical staff – an ancillary study. $10,000 Holland Bloorview Foundation
Apr 2015 to Apr 2016 Principal Site Investigator, Bloorview Research Institute. Understanding the Impact of Compassionate Care Rounds: Do Schwartz Rounds promote empathy in healthcare settings?: The Canadian Experience $35,000 (Grant)
Holland Bloorview foundation
Apr 2014 to Apr 2015 Principal Site Investigator, Bloorview Research Institute Narrative Training as a Means of Strengthening Nursing Empathy $12,000 (Grant) Holland Bloorview Foundation
Sep 2010 to Sep 2011 Principal Site Investigator, the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities, The meaning of Interprofessional Empathy in healthcare settings, $17,500 (Grant)
Non Peer-Reviewed Grants (Funded)
Apr 2014 to Dec 2015 Principal Administrative Lead, Canada Health Infoway Holland Bloorview Client and Family EHR Portal $600,000 (Grant)
Sep 2009 to Sep 2010 Principal Administrative Lead, Health Force Ontario Ministry of Health, Ontario, Canada
Interprofessional Respiratory team $232,000 (Grant)
Sep 2008 to Sep 2009 Principal Administrative Lead, Health Force Ontario Ministry of Health, Ontario, Canada
Enhancing Interprofessional Practice $250,000 (Grant)