Dr. Thomas Rotter

Dipl. Kfm., MPH, PhD, PhD
Chair in Health Quality Improvement Sciences

226 Thorvaldson
Phone: 306-966-1997
Fax: 306-966-6377
thomas.rotter@usask.ca

Dr. Thomas Rotter holds the Research Chair in Health Quality Improvement Science at University of Saskatchewan. He has led a number of multi-centre collaborative evaluations of clinical pathways and has strength in knowledge synthesis, taking the lead on a seminal Cochrane review on Integrated Care Pathways in hospitals, and facilitation of interdisciplinary research teams. Funded international projects include a cluster trial of clinical pathways for heart attack management in rural emergency departments in Australia, a cluster-randomized implementation and evaluation of clinical pathways to improve paediatric emergency care in 16 community hospitals in Ontario, and the Evaluation of the ‘lean’ management and learning system pioneered by Toyota, and translated to the entire health care system in Saskatchewan.

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2013 Rotter, T., Machotta, A., Kinsman, L., Champion, R.: Evaluation of a clinical pathway for “Radical laparoscopic prostatectomy”. An interrupted time series study. Submitted in Oct 2013 International Journal of Urological Nursing   (IF: 2009: 0,186)   

2013 Rotter, T., Kinsman, L., Stevenson, K., Bath, B., Goodridge, D., Harrison, L., Dobbsen, R., Sari, N. Jeffery, C.,  Bourassa, C., Westhorp, G.: Stage 1 evaluation of the implementation of Lean in Saskatchewan: Study Protocol. Submitted in Oct 2013 BMC Health Serv. Res. (IF: 2009: 1,66)               

2013 Jabbour M, Curran J, Shannon D S, Guttman A, Rotter, T et. al. Best strategies to implement clinical pathways in an emergency department setting: Study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. BMC Implementation Science, submitted for peer review March 2013 (IF 2009: 3,10)

2013 Rotter T, Kinsman L, Machotta A, Zhao F and Van der Wijden T: Clinical pathways for primary care: effects on professional practice, patient outcomes, care processes, and costs. (Protocol) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD010706. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010706. (IF 2009 5,65)

2013 Van Hees M, Rotter T, Evers S. The effectiveness of individual interpersonal psychotherapy compared to usual care as a treatment for major depressive disorder in adult outpatients: a systematic review. BMC Psychiatry 2013, 13:22 (IF 2009: 2.55)

2012 Rotter T, Kinsman L, James E, Machotta A, Steyerberg E. The quality of the evidence base for clinical pathway effectiveness: room for improvement in the design of evaluation trials. BMC Medical Research Methodology 06/2012; 12(1):80. DOI:10.1186/1471-2288-12-80 (impact factor [IF]: 2009: 2,15)

2012 Kinsman L, Rotter T, Willies J, Snow P, Buykx P, Humphreys J. Do clinical pathways enhance access to evidence-based AMI treatment in rural emergency departments? A cluster randomised controlled trial. Australian Journal of Rural Health. 04/2012; 20(2):59-66. DOI:10.1111/j.1440-1584.2012.01262.x (IF 2009: 0.78)

2012 Rotter T, Riley B, Ellermann T, Ryll U, Popa D, Brand H. Methods for the evaluation of hospital cooperation activities. A systematic review (Protocol). Systematic reviews 01/2012; 1(1):11. DOI:10.1186/2046-4053-1-11

2011 Rotter T, Kinsman L, James E, Machotta, A. Have we drawn the wrong conclusions about the value of care pathways? Is a Cochrane Review appropriate? Response to the commentary article published by Kris Vanhaecht et al. Evaluation & the Health Professions 0163278711409209, published online on May 24, 2011 as doi:10.1177/0163278711409209. (IF 2009: 1.14)

2011 Rotter T, Kinsman L, James E, Machotta, A. The effects of clinical pathways on professional practice, patient outcomes, length of stay and hospital costs. Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis. Evaluation & the Health Professions 0163278711407313, published online on May 24, 2011 as doi:10.1177/0163278711407313. (IF 2009: 1.14)

2010 Rotter T, Kinsman L, James E, Machotta, A, Gothe H, Kugler J. Clinical pathways: effects on professional practice, patient outcomes, length of stay and hospital costs. (Cochrane review) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2010, Issue 3. Art.No.CD006632. DOI: 10.1002/ 14651858. CD006632.pub2. (IF 2009 5,65)

2010 Kinsman L, Rotter T, James E, Machotta, A. What is a clinical pathway? Development of a definition to inform the debate. BMC medicine. 01/2010; 8:31. (IF 2009: 3.99)

2009 Rotter T, Kinsman L.: The experience of conducting a Cochrane systematic review of the impact of clinical pathways on professional practice, patient outcomes, length of stay and hospital costs. International Journal of Care Pathways 13: 62-66. doi:10.1258/jicp.2009.009009

2008 Rotter T, Kugler J, Koch R, Gothe H, Twork S, et al. A systematic review and meta analysis of the effects of clinical pathways on length of stay, hospital costs and patient outcomes. BMC Health Serv. Res. 8: 265. (IF: 2009: 1,66)

2008 Twork, S, Rotter, T., Kugler, J. Immunomodulating therapy for patients with multiple sclerosis: health technology assessment and guidelines. Akt. Neurol. 35(2): 70-80. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-986247 (IF: 2009: 0,311)

2007 Rotter T, Koch R, Kugler J, Gothe H, Kinsman L, James E. Clinical Pathways: effects on professional practice, patient outcomes, length of stay and hospital costs. (Protocol) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD006632. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006632. (IF 2009 5,65)

2007 Kugler J, Rotter T, Chudak B, Klitzing C, Lischka D, Mytych D, Perduta J, Schöne, J, Twork S. EU-Projekt: EU-MED-EAST Regional networking in the health and social sector (2004-2006). Final report in German. Dresden: Landeshauptstadt Dresden, Amt für Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit.