Team for Individualizing Pharmacotherapy in Primary Care for Seniors (TIPPS)

The Team for Individualizing Pharmacotherapy in Primary Care for Seniors (TIPPS) was a 5-year research program that brought together researchers with diverse backgrounds to focus on medication use by seniors in primary care from a multidisciplinary, collaborative perspective. 

The overriding principle of TIPPS was to explore practical solutions that explicitly recognize the uniqueness of individual patients, while taking into account the experience of the provider and the broader characteristics of the health care system. 

TIPPS research projects focused on:

  • Improving the use of therapeutic information
  • Decision-making
  • Enhancing appropriate prescribing
  • The effect of multiple medications on an individual's benefit or risk profile
  • Improving adherence

TIPPS began in 2002 and was supported by a New Emerging Team (NET) grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

During that time period, 21 studies were internally funded by TIPPS ($56,616), 27 studies enabled by and 39 related to TIPPS successfully attained external peer-reviewed funding ($24,377,077), and 10 systematic reviews were completed. TIPPS research was disseminated as 178 academic posters or presentations. TIPPS research was also represented in 78 publications (including abstracts).

Click here for detailed information about TIPPS program activities during the CIHR NET-funded period: CIHR NET Final Report

Current Status of TIPPS

While the TIPPS research program is no longer formally funded, TIPPS investigators have continued to work together on research initiatives.

In 2009, funding was successfully obtained from the CIHR Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR). This funding will support the 6-year training program: Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary Training (DSECT) Program. Elements of the TIPPS research program have been incorporated into DSECT.


If you have any questions regarding the TIPPS program please contact Sheri Burns by email: or by phone: 905-522-1155 ext 35288.

TIPPS Investigators

Lisa Dolovich, BScPhm PharmD MSc - Principal Investigator
Anne Holbrook, MD PharmD MSc FRCPC
Sharon Kaasalainen, RN PhD
Janusz Kaczorowski, BA MA PhD
Mitchell Levine, MD MSc FRCPC FISPE
Alexandra Papaioannou, MD MSc FRCPC
Lehana Thabane, MSc PhD