Professor Jason Pole

Deputy Director, QDHeC

Centre for Health Services Research
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

Jason D. Pole is the Deputy Director of the Queensland Digital Health Centre (QDHeC) and a Professor in the Centre for Health Services Research (CHSR) within the Faculty of Medicine. Jason provides academic and research leadership within QDHeC. Relocating from Toronto, Canada in early 2020, Jason's program of research utilises clinical and surveillance data linked with real-world administrative data to answer health questions in several areas.

Jason has a background in epidemiology, health services research and digital health with an emphasis in the use of real-world data and complex survey instruments.

Currently, Jason has research interests in the areas of digital health applications to improve system performance including patient safety, health care utilization among childhood cancer survivors, the effects of childhood cancer treatment specifically on the development of second cancers and education achievement and has interests in the financial impact of a childhood cancer diagnosis on the family and the long-term financial health of the survivor. More recently, Jason has developed an interest in adolescent and young adult oncology (AYA) survivors and the specific long-term needs of this unique cancer population.

Jason also maintains appointments as an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and an Adjunct Scientist with the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute and an Adjunct Senior Scientist with ICES, Toronto.

Research Interests

  • Digital Health / Data Linkage / Real-World Data
    Experience in linking detailed clinical / surveillance data to administrative data to answer population based research questions.
  • Pediatric & Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
    Program of research examining health service utilization and survivorship among pediatric and adolescent and young adult oncology patients. This includes educational and economic outcomes and the utilization of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs).
  • Digital Health
    Development of clinical decision aids and integrated clinical analytics to support health system change.

Research Impacts

From a digital health standpoint, the primary research driver is the application and implimentation of digtial tools and techniques to imporve the quadurple aim. From a cancer survivorships stanpoint the primary research driver is to improve the health systemlives of survivors and families who experience childhood or AYA cancer. This is achieved by examining health outcomes of and treatment consequences for survivors of childhood and AYA cancer, and the resultant health service use and diverse needs of this growing population. My cancer research program focuses not only on traditional health outcomes such as subsequent morbidity, but expands this concept to create a model of burden of illness using such quality of life-limiting outcomes as educational attainment and economic status, which are directly linked to the cancer survivors’ health-related quality of life. This work improves the quality of life for current survivors and protects the quality of life for future survivors through effective surveillance and screening, together with patient education focused on health promotion and preventative action. Describing the patterns of healthcare utilization by various diagnosis and treatment-related elements has the potential to identify specific groups of survivors at highest risk and allow for targeted interventions and related policy development.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto
  • Masters (Research) of Science, Queen's University
  • Bachelor (Honours), University of Waterloo

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • I am open to supervise HDR in various areas of digital health and pediatric, adolescent and young adult oncology, I generally like my HDR students to formulate their own questions in an area of of mutual interest.

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

  • (2022) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • I am open to supervise HDR in various areas of digital health and pediatric, adolescent and young adult oncology, I generally like my HDR students to formulate their own questions in an area of of mutual interest.