Tommy Tam is a Research Analyst for Home Care/Long-Term Care at Health Quality Ontario, the provincial advisor on the quality of health care in Ontario. He is also a graduate student (M.Sc.) in Health Services Research at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto.
His research focuses on validating a health-related quality of life (HRQOL) measure based on the Minimum Data Set. This study is the first to directly compare the Minimum Data Set-Health Status Index (MDS-HSI) based prediction of HRQOL using the Resident Assessment Instrument-Minimum Data Set (RAI-MDS) with the actual resident-ratings of HRQOL based on the Health Utilities Index-2 (HUI2). There was poor correlation at the individual level and weak-to-moderate correlations at the group level between MDS-HSI and HUI2. Although this study failed to show agreement between the HRQOL instruments, results suggest that the source of HRQOL information is an important factor to consider when conducting HRQOL research in long-term care settings.
In his spare time, Tommy enjoys volunteering for health-related organizations (e.g., Heart and Stroke Foundation), playing basketball and tennis, and exploring the outdoors.