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Robert Balogh

Robert Balogh
PhD, MSc, BHSc

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room 2041
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 2602

robert.balogh@uoit.ca
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Research topics

  • Intellectual disability
  • health services, primary care
  • preventable hospitalizations
  • dual diagnosis
  • health disparities

Background

Dr. Robert Balogh graduated with a Physiotherapy degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 1993 and has used his health professional background in clinical, research and teaching environments. He received a Master of Science in Epidemiology from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 2003 and a PhD from the University of Toronto in 2008. He recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, both located in Toronto, Ontario.

Current Research

Dr. Robert Balogh is currently the lead of a research project entitled The evolving health and social needs of adults with developmental disabilities and complex mental health problems: A needs assessment (funded over two years by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Policy Research Branch). The overall aim is to answer the question: "What are the priority health and social support and service needs of Ontarians with developmental disabilities with complex mental health problems?" Specifically, Dr. Balogh and his team will:

  • Report on the socio-demographic information and the health and social needs of a group of adult Ontarians served or supported directly or indirectly by Health Care Facilitators (HCF).
  • Report the prevalence of physical and mental illnesses of this group and develop an understanding of their typical health and social service pathways.
  • Identify the health and social service barriers and facilitators (e.g., wait lists, service availability, service eligibility) encountered by HCFs and HCF service users.

To meet its objectives, the project will employ a needs-assessment process done using quantitative (e.g. semi-structured survey using a standardized measure) and qualitative approaches (focus groups). These findings will be used to inform and guide decisions about the most urgent service and support needs of Ontarians with complex mental health problems, as well as opportunities to address them.

Learn more about this project.

Education

  • Physiotherapy degree McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario 1993
  • Master of Science Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario 2003
  • PhD University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario 2008

Courses taught

Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

  • Research Applications I and II (online)
  • Exploring Mental Health and Developmental Disparities

Courses taught (past and present) at the graduate level:

  • Research Methods for Rehabilitation Science

Research and expertise

Research area of specialty:

Use of administrative databases to measure primary care outcomes in persons with intellectual disability.

Research background and interests:

Primary research interest is studying disparities in health and health services between people with intellectual disability and the general population.

  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
  • Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
  • Surrey Place Centre
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit. Balogh R. Fellowship Research Award.
    • 2009 to present, $55,000 per year
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Planning Grants – Priority Announcements: Community-based Primary Healthcare. Ouellette-Kuntz H., Balogh R.S. (co-investigator), Cobigo V., Hennen B., Lecomte J., Lunsky Y., McColl M.A., Morin D., Norris D.A., Proulx R., Shooshtari S.G., Sullivan W.F. and Temple B.A. Innovations in Community-based PHC for Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.
    • 2011, $25 000
  • CIHR, Meetings, Plannings and Dissemination - Population and Public Health. Passalent L., Balogh R.S. (co-investigator), McKay C., Rezai M. and Yeung E. Disability Awareness and Research Workshop in Rural Cambodia.
    • 2010, $20,740
  • CIHR: Partnerships for Health System Improvement program. Lunsky Y., Balogh R.S. (co-principal investigator), Isaacs B., Lin E. and Ouellette-Kuntz H. Indicators of Primary Care Provided to Persons with Developmental Disabilities in Ontario.
    • 2010, $350,000
  • International Development and Relief Foundation. Chishtie J., Chishtie F. andBalogh R.S. Rehabilitation Program for the Disabled and Spinal Cord Injured of the 2005 Earthquake in Pakistan - Phase II (International Development Project).
    • 2008, $20,000
  • International Development and Relief Foundation. Chishtie J., Balogh R.S. and Shaw J. Outreach and Community-Based Rehabilitation Program for the Disabled and Spinal Cord Injured of the 2005 Earthquake in Pakistan (International Development Project).
    • 2006 to 2008, $100,000
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Balogh, R. Doctoral Fellowship: Health Care Technology and Place: Strategic Training.
    • 2005 to 2006, $5,000 per year
  • Canadian International Development Agency. Balogh R.S., Edmonds L.J., Jalovcic D. and Peat M. CBR Development in Republika Srpska: Project Extension Proposal (International Development Project).
    • 2005, $250,000

Involvement

  • Recent publications
    • Balogh R., Lake J., Lin E., Wilton A., Lunsky Y. Disparities in diabetes prevalence and preventable hospitalizations in persons with intellectual and developmental disability: a population study. Diabetic Medicine. 2014.
    • Lunsky Y., Balogh R., Sullivan W.F., Jaakkimainen R.L. Periodic health examinations for adults with developmental disabilities: Are we doing enough? Canadian Family Physician. 2014; 60(2):109-10.
    • Cobigo V., Ouellette-Kuntz H., Balogh R., Leung F., Lin E., Lunsky Y. Are cervical and breast cancer screening programmes equitable? The case of women with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2013; 57(5):478-88.
    • Lin E., Balogh R., Cobigo V., Ouellette-Kuntz H., Wilton A.S., Lunsky Y. Using administrative health data to identify individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities: a comparison of algorithms. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2013; 57(5):462-77.
    • Lunsky Y., Balogh R.S., Khodaverdian A., Elliott D., Jaskulski C., Morris S. A comparison of medical and psychobehavioral emergency department visits made by adults with intellectual disabilities. Emergency Medicine International. 2012; 2012: 1-6.
    • Lake J.K., Balogh R.S. and Lunsky Y. (2012). Polypharmacy profiles and predictors among adults with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
    • Lunsky Y., Lin E., Kurdyak P., Balogh R.S., Bennie J., Klein-Geltink J., Wilton D. and Kopp A. (2012). Primary care utilization among adults with dual diagnosis (developmental disability and psychiatric disorder). Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.
    • Balogh R.S., Ouellette-Kuntz H., Brownell M. and Colantonio A. (2011). Factors associated with hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions among persons with an intellectual disability - a publicly insured population perspective. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.
  • Recent conference presentations
    • Ouellette-Kuntz H, Balogh R.S. (2014). Researching mortality of people with IS: Methodological Issues.  Examining mortality among adults with intellectual disabilities in Ontario, Canada.  International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID). Vienna, Austria. July 14 to 17.
    • Balogh RS, Switzer-McIntyre S. (2013).  Attitudes towards adults with intellectual disability: A survey of Ontario Occupational and Physical Therapy students. Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress.  Montreal, Quebec, May 24.
    • Lunsky Y., Balogh R.S., Cobigo V., Ouellette-Kuntz H., Lin E. and Isaacs B. (June 2012).  Health issues and health service use patterns of women with intellectual and developmental disability in Ontario. 136th Annual Meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), Charlotte, North Carolina.
    • Isaacs B., Balogh R.S., Casson I., Grier L. and Sullivan W.F. (April 2012). Introduction to the primary care of adults with developmental disabilities: Canadian consensus guidelines. Annual Conference of the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD), Kingston, Ontario.
    • Ouellette-Kuntz H., Balogh R.S., Lunsky Y., Proulx R. and MacDonnell S. (November 8, 2011). Cancer screening in women with developmental disabilities. Health and Wellbeing in Developmental Disabilities: Engaging Health Care Professionals, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Publications since 2007
    • Lunsky Y., Balogh R.S. and Cairney J. (2011). Predictors of emergency department visits in persons with intellectual disability experiencing a psychiatric crisis. Psychiatric Services.
    • Yeung E., Balogh R.S., Cole D., Jalovcic D. and Landry M. (2011). Internet use among community-based rehabilitation (CBR) workers in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A cross sectional survey. Physiotherapy Canada, 63(4), 445-452.
    • Lunsky Y., Lin E., Balogh R.S., Klein-Geltink J. (2011). Very high prevalence of diabetes detected in persons with serious mental illness and developmental disability. Psychiatric Services, 62(8), 830. Co-investigator (25 per cent contribution).
    • Lunsky Y., Lin E., Kurdyak P., Balogh R.S., Bennie J., Klein-Geltink J. and Wilton D. (2011). Are adults with developmental disabilities more likely to visit emergency departments? The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 29(4), 463-465.
    • Balogh R.S., Ouellette-Kuntz H., Brownell M. and Colantonio A. (2011). Ambulatory care sensitive conditions in persons with an intellectual disability - Development of a consensus. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 24(2), 150-158.
    • Lunsky Y. and Balogh R.S. (2010). Dual diagnosis: A national study of psychiatric hospitalizations patterns of persons with developmental disability. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 55(11), 721-728.
    • Balogh R.S., Brownell M., Ouellette-Kuntz H. and Colantonio A. (2010). Hospitalization rates for ambulatory care sensitive conditions for persons with and without an intellectual disability - A population perspective. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research,54(9), 820-832.
    • Balogh R.S., Brownell M., Ouellette-Kuntz H. and Colantonio A. (2010). Preventable hospitalization rates for people with ID: a population perspective. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities: Special Issue: Abstracts of the Third International Conference of IASSID-Europe, 23(5),482.
    • Balogh R.S., Cobigo V., Lunsky Y. and Ouellette-Kuntz H. (2010). Symposium: North American approaches to health surveillance in ID: Using administrative datasets in Canada. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities Special Issue: Abstracts of the third international conference of IASSID-Europe, 23(5), 469.
    • Balogh R.S., Colantonio A., Brownell M. and Ouellette-Kuntz H. (2010). Factors associated with preventable hospitalizations among people with ID. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities Special Issue: Abstracts of the third international conference of IASSID-Europe, 23(5), 482.
    • Balogh R.S., Ouellette-Kuntz H., Bourne L., Lunsky Y. and Colantonio A. (2008). Organising Health Care Services for Persons with an Intellectual Disability. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 4.
    • Balogh R.S., Ouellette-Kuntz H., Brownell M. and Colantonio A (2008). Ambulatory care sensitive conditions in people with an intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research Abstract book of IASSID conference, 52(8 & 9), 766.
  • Conference presentations since 2007
    • Ashe L., Sylvestre J., Balogh R.S. and Weiss J. (November 7, 2011). Special Olympics Ontario: More Than Sport. Health and Wellbeing in Developmental Disabilities: Engaging Health Care Professionals, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Balogh R.S., Brownell M., Ouellette-Kuntz H. and Colantonio A. (June 17, 2010). Preventable hospitalizations for schizophrenic and other disorders among persons with and without an intellectual disability in Manitoba, 1999-2003. University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry, 36th-annual Harvey Stancer Research Day, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Balogh R.S., Brownell M., Ouellette-Kuntz H. and Colantonio A. (June 9, 2010). Hospitalization rates for ambulatory care sensitive conditions for persons with and without an intellectual disability. 134th-annual Meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Imagining the Future, Celebrating the Past, Providence, Rhode Island, United States.
    • Lunsky Y. and Balogh R.S. (June 9, 2010).  A Canadian National Study Comparing Psychiatric Hospitalizations Patterns of Persons with IDD to Persons without IDD. 134th Annual Meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Imagining the Future, Celebrating the Past, Providence, Rhode Island, United States.
    • Cobigo V. and Balogh R.S. (October 2 to 3, 2009). Health Disparities in Canadians with Intellectual Disability (poster presentation). Health and Human Rights Conference , Kingston, Ontario.
    • Balogh R.S. and Yeung E. (May 29, 2009). When is the Right Time to be Involved in Global Health Initiatives? Canadian Physiotherapy Congress , Calgary, Alberta.
    • Balogh R.S., Jalovcic D., Landry M.D. and Cole D. (April 29, 2009). Patterns and Barriers to Use of Information Technology Among Rehabilitation Personnel in Bosnia and Herzegovina (poster presentation). Rehabilitation Sector Research Showcase, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Balogh R.S., Ouellette-Kuntz H., Colantonio A. and Bourne L. (November 28, 2007). Organising Health Care Services for Persons with an Intellectual Disability: A Systematic Review (poster and minute madness presentation). Toronto Rehabilitation Institute 3rd-annual Research Day, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Balogh R.S., Ouellette-Kuntz H., Brownell M. and Colantonio A. (November 27, 2008). Ambulatory care sensitive conditions in persons with an intellectual disability (poster presentation). Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science and Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Research Day 2008, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Balogh R.S., Ouellette-Kuntz H., Brownell M. and Colantonio A. (November 19, 2008). Ambulatory care sensitive conditions in people with an intellectual disability (poster and Minute Madness presentation). Toronto Rehabilitation Institute 4th-annual Research Day, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Balogh R.S., Ouellette-Kuntz H., Brownell M. and Colantonio A. (August 28, 2008). Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions in People with an Intellectual Disability. 13th International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities World Congress, Cape Town, South Africa.
    • Balogh R.S., Ouellette-Kuntz H., Colantonio A. and Bourne L. (February 29, 2008). Organising Health Care Services for Persons with an Intellectual Disability: A Systematic Review (poster presentation). GTA Rehab Network, Best Practices Day 2008, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Balogh R.S., Ouellette-Kuntz H., Colantonio A. and Bourne L. (November 8, 2007). Organising Health Care Services for Persons with an Intellectual Disability: A Systematic Review. 2nd-annual Graduate Student Research Day, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Balogh R.S. and Ouellette-Kuntz H. (May 23, 2007). Organising Health Care Services for Persons with an Intellectual Disability: A Systematic Review. Chronic Disease Management in People with Intellectual Disability. The 2007 Roundtable of the Physical Health Special Interest Research Group of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy.
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