Researcher, Douglas Institute
The resources in place to help people with mental illness – hospital psychiatry departments, CSSSs, and various other community organizations – plus the links between them, add up to an incredibly complex and costly system. Identifying the most cost-effective changes to pursue requires careful data collection and analysis. Since his arrival at the Douglas Institute in 1996, Eric Latimer, PhD, a health economist, has been looking for ways to improve the services our society provides to people with some of the most severe forms of mental illness, while staying within local and provincial budget constraints.
More specifically, his research interests have focused on community-based supports for people with severe mental illness, including assertive community treatment, case management and supported employment. He conducts economic evaluations of various interventions, and has also investigated the use of antipsychotic medications in Québec.
Currently, he is lead investigator for the Montreal site of the $110 million Chez Soi / At Home research and demonstration study on homelessness and mental illness, which is testing the Housing First approach using nine concurrent trials in five Canadian cities; he is also lead economist for the national research team. He is a member of the permanent scientific committee of the Institut National d'Excellence en Santé et Services sociaux (Québec’s health and social services technology assessment agency) and associate researcher of the Centre national d’excellence en santé mentale. He has served as consultant to the Quebec government as well as to research teams in Europe and North America.
In 2011 he became an Editor of the Canadian journal, Healthcare Policy. He teaches economic evaluation in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University.
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