Melanie Buba

Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

Dr. Buba is a hospital pediatrician whose research interests include health systems with a focus on quality improvement, patient- and family-centered care, virtual care, transitions in care, evidence-based medicine and workplace culture. She is also involved in developing the field of pediatric hospital medicine in Canada.

Research Projects

  1. Improving workflow efficiency by implementing priority indication in paging communication


    While a priority level indication is particularly pertinent to hospitals using numeric pagers, a standardized indication of priority levels can also be beneficial in hospitals using an alternative communication system.

  2. Virtual family-centered rounds: A collaborative necessity during COVID-19 and beyond


    We believe this virtual care model is both highly relevant and transferable to a variety of health care settings across Canada and beyond.

  3. “Green Means Go”: Creation of a discharge checklist tool for patients with bronchiolitis


    Development of standardized medical discharge criteria for patients with bronchiolitis is a safe and effective way to improve predictability, transparency, communication and patient flow, while enhancing engagement of the health care team and patient and family satisfaction

  4. Head to toe practice: Implementation and outcomes of a suicide screener in pediatric hospital inpatient units


    The hope is that this new practice will reduce emergency hospital visits for mental health crises and facilitate early access to mental health services.

  5. Combined influence of practice guidelines and prospective audit and feedback stewardship on antimicrobial treatment of community-acquired pneumonia and empyema in children: 2012 to 2016


    Use of AAP should also be strongly considered in patients with effusions (even if no pathogen is identified), as clinical outcome appears similar to patients treated with broad-spectrum antimicrobials.