TKT (Thomas) Lo

TKT (Thomas) Lo
University of Alberta | UAlberta · Faculty of Nursing

BA, BScH, MClinEpi, PhD

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Introduction
Thomas' research interests include aged care, health economics, geriatrics & gerontology, and health services & medicine utilization. His areas of expertise are advanced statistical methods and using administrative health data for research.
Additional affiliations
July 2018 - present
Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) program
Position
  • Investigator
Description
  • Conduct research that facilitates decision-making and implementation of interventions to improve the quality of life of the residents in nursing homes.
November 2017 - January 2020
Institute of Health Economics
Position
  • Analyst
Description
  • Responsible for projects that examined the distribution of healthcare utilization and expenditure in Alberta using administrative health data; to provide policy-relevant evidence that the provision of healthcare services.
Education
November 2015 - October 2017
University of Alberta
Field of study
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
February 2011 - April 2015
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Field of study
  • Gender & Health
July 2010 - December 2010
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Field of study
  • Master of Clinical Epidemiology

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Publications (19)
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Background Description of risk factors of severe acute COVID-19 outcomes with the consideration of vaccination status in the era of the Omicron variant of concern are limited. Objectives To examine the association of age, sex, underlying medical conditions, and COVID-19 vaccination with hospitalization, intensive-care unit (ICU) admission, or deat...
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Purpose: Organizational context influences the effect of facilitation efforts on research use in care settings. The interactions of these factors are complex. Therefore, the use of traditional statistical methods to examine their interrelationships is often impractical. Big Data analytics can automatically detect patterns within the data. We appli...
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Tailoring feedback data to engage end-user stakeholders when sharing organizational context data is a central component of quality improvement and integrated knowledge translation. For over a decade, our research team has collected survey data (using the validated Alberta Context Tool) on modifiable aspects of organizational context from long-term...
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This study examined the temporal trends of healthcare service and medicine utilization and explored the care quality of patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP) by assessing inappropriate use of medicine, using Alberta's administrative health data from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2018. The prevalence of CLBP in Alberta increased from 1.8% FY 2011/1...
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Background We assessed the impact of optimal dyslipidemia control on mortality and costs in adults with high risk for cardiovascular disease (HRCVD). Methods We linked Alberta health databases to identify patients aged ≥18 years with HRCVD between 04/2012 and 03/2017. The first HRCVD event was considered the index event. Patients were categorized...
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Objective This study explored the effect of clinical educators as facilitators of research use and how it may be modified by organisational context in the settings. Design Cross-sectional observational study. Setting A representative sample of 91 residential long-term care (LTC) facilities across Western Canada. Participants We used surveys to c...
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Objectives To examine the trend of the healthcare cost of arthritis in a population-based cohort of older women and to estimate the mean adjusted incremental healthcare costs, and selected percentiles. ApproachThis is a healthcare cost study based on individual-level data. Data included health survey and linked administrative data, from 2003 to 200...
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Objectives Anticholinergic medicines burden is common, can have negative impacts, and is problematic to identify. Many medicines used by older women have anticholinergic effects. Importantly for older women, where multimorbidity and use of multiple medicines is common, even when anticholinergic effect of an individual medicine is small, the anticho...
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Background: Arthritis is a gendered disease where women have a higher prevalence and more disability than men with arthritis of the same age. Health survey data is a major source of information for monitoring of the burden of arthritis. The validity of self-reported arthritis and the determinants of its accuracy among women have not been thoroughl...
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Objective. To estimate the prevalence and examine the associations of neuropathic-like pain in a community-based sample of older Australian women with arthritis. Design. Population based cross-sectional survey. Setting. Participants were recruited from the 1946-1951 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health. Subjects. Women with...
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Objective: Factors associated with the utilisation of health care have not been rigorously examined in people with arthritis. The objective of this study was to examine the determinants of health care utilisation and costs in older women with arthritis using the Andersen's behavioural model as a framework. Study design: Longitudinal cohort study...
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A substantial amount of healthcare and costs are attributable to arthritis, which is a very common chronic disease. This paper presents the results of a systematic review of arthritis cost studies published from 2008 to 2013. MEDLINE, Embase, EconLit databases were searched, as well as governmental and non-governmental organization websites. Sevent...
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Objective: To provide an accurate representation of the economic burden of arthritis by estimating the adjusted incremental healthcare cost of arthritis at multiple percentiles and reporting the cost trends across time. Methods: A healthcare cost study based on health survey and linked administrative data, where costs were estimated from the gov...
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To examine the factors associated with higher healthcare cost in women with arthritis, using generalized linear models (GLMs) and quantile regression (QR). This is a cross-sectional healthcare cost study of individuals with arthritis that focused on older Australian women. Cost data were drawn from the Medicare Australia datasets. GLM results show...
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To identify medicines contributing to and describe predictors of anticholinergic burden among community-dwelling older Australian women. Retrospective longitudinal analysis of data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health linked to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines data from 1 January 2008 to 30 December 2010; for 3694 women...

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I have a classification tree (from CHAID analysis) that splits into three main branches. But I want to rearrange the branches (the left branch should be in the middle) because I think that is more logical. Does anyone know how to do it?

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Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) is a research program focused on developing solutions for improving the quality of care provided to nursing home residents, enriching the work life of their caregivers, and enhancing system efficiency.