Annie Carrier

Annie Carrier has two bachelor's degrees, one in psychology (Université de Sherbrooke) and another in occupational therapy (Université Laval). She also has two master's degrees, one in health law and policies (Université de Sherbrooke), and another one in clinical sciences (Université de Sherbrooke). In addition, she has just successfully defended her doctoral thesis in clinical sciences. To complete her training, she has earned a 3rd cycle diploma in a microprogram on the pedagogy of higher education (Université de Sherbrooke).

Ms. Carrier is also interested in the interface between the context of practice and professional practice itself. More specifically, her expertise focuses on the laws, regulations, administrative procedures, and organization methods of departments and of the work involved in offering frontline interventions. She is also interested in clinical reasoning - the cognitive process leading to the choice of interventions by the health care professional.

Making an impression at the Research Centre on Aging

Annie Carrier's passion for research led her to complete her doctorate at the CSSS-IUGS's Research Centre on Aging (CdRV) under the supervision of Johanne Desrosiers and Mélanie Levasseur, both researchers at the CdRV, and of Andrew Freeman of Université Laval. Ms. Carrier's thesis was on the influence of accountability mechanisms (e.g., statistics) and of performance optimization processes (e.g., Lean) on the clinical reasoning of occupational therapists working in home support with older adults.

Ms. Carrier also worked on a broad review of the literature, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which dealt with the influence of accountability mechanisms and performance optimization processes on the clinical reasoning of health care professionals. She collaborated with CdRV Researcher Mélanie Levasseur to bring this project to completion.

Finally, she collaborated on the CdRV memorandum, submitted to parliamentary committee, on the independent living fund (Caisse d'autonomie) proposed by former minister Réjean Hébert.

Ms. Carrier's research has made tangible contributions to the work of the Society, Populations and Services Axis. Her research has resulted in a better understanding of the impact of optimization processes on occupational therapy services offered to the elderly. Those services are often restricted, as much in their duration as in their scope. In fact, the services offered focus almost exclusively on the basic needs of the elderly at the expense of their social roles and other meaningful activities. Ms. Carrier's findings indicate that it may be relevant to reconsider how performance is assessed in health care services in order to ensure that the methods are coherent with the improvement of the health and well-being of elders, the main objective of the public health system.

Concurrently a student and a professional

Annie Carrier had the opportunity to work and study at the same time, an enriching experience: "I think that combining those roles, while more demanding in terms of conciliating time and work organization, reinforces both. The student is enriched by the work of the professional and vice versa."

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