Laurie Morrison


Director, Rescu


Rescu is dedicated to the advancement of the science of emergency health care delivery in the out-of-hospital setting. Out-of-hospital emergency care delivery is a conjoint municipally and provincially funded system providing care to millions of patients a year, requiring multiple emergency medical services (EMS) systems and thousands of providers throughout the province of Ontario. This research program conducts emergency medical services systems research and has the ability and capacity to conduct large clinical trials.  I conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses in topics pertaining to acute coronary syndrome and resuscitation, and have established a collaborative network to conduct and publish randomized controlled trials and outcome validation studies in prehospital resuscitation research. I am a National Institute of Health, Canadian Institute of Health Research and Heart and Stroke Canada funded investigator within the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium.

Recent Publications

  1. Dainty, KN, Seaton, MB, Drennan, IR, Morrison, LJ. Home Visit-Based Community Paramedicine and Its Potential Role in Improving Patient-Centered Primary Care: A Grounded Theory Study and Framework. Health Serv Res. 2018; :. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12855. PubMed PMID:29542111 .
  2. Pollack, RA, Brown, SP, Rea, T, Aufderheide, T, Barbic, D, Buick, JE et al.. Impact of Bystander Automated External Defibrillator Use on Survival and Functional Outcomes in Shockable Observed Public Cardiac Arrests. Circulation. 2018; :. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.030700. PubMed PMID:29483086 .
  3. de Wit, K, Curran, J, Thoma, B, Dowling, S, Lang, E, Kuljic, N et al.. Review of implementation strategies to change healthcare provider behaviour in the emergency department. CJEM. 2018; :1-8. doi: 10.1017/cem.2017.432. PubMed PMID:29429430 .
  4. Buick, JE, Drennan, IR, Scales, DC, Brooks, SC, Byers, A, Cheskes, S et al.. Improving Temporal Trends in Survival and Neurological Outcomes After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2018;11 (1):e003561. doi: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.117.003561. PubMed PMID:29317455 PubMed Central PMC5791528.
  5. Haywood, KL, Pearson, N, Morrison, LJ, Castrén, M, Lilja, G, Perkins, GD et al.. Assessing health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: A systematic review of patient-reported outcome measures. Resuscitation. 2018;123 :22-37. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.11.065. PubMed PMID:29191703 .
  6. Landry, CH, Allan, KS, Connelly, KA, Cunningham, K, Morrison, LJ, Dorian, P et al.. Sudden Cardiac Arrest during Participation in Competitive Sports. N. Engl. J. Med. 2017;377 (20):1943-1953. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1615710. PubMed PMID:29141175 PubMed Central PMC5726886.
  7. Geri, G, Gilgan, J, Ziegler, C, Isaranuwatchai, W, Morrison, LJ. Costs related to cardiac arrest management: a systematic review protocol. Syst Rev. 2017;6 (1):205. doi: 10.1186/s13643-017-0599-z. PubMed PMID:29041982 PubMed Central PMC5646160.
  8. Kudenchuk, PJ, Leroux, BG, Daya, M, Rea, T, Vaillancourt, C, Morrison, LJ et al.. Antiarrhythmic Drugs for Nonshockable-Turned-Shockable Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: The ALPS Study (Amiodarone, Lidocaine, or Placebo). Circulation. 2017;136 (22):2119-2131. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.028624. PubMed PMID:28904070 PubMed Central PMC5705566.
  9. Ho, EC, Cheskes, S, Angaran, P, Morrison, LJ, Aves, T, Zhan, C et al.. Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Implantation Rates After Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Are the Rates Guideline-Concordant?. Can J Cardiol. 2017;33 (10):1266-1273. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2017.05.013. PubMed PMID:28867265 .
  10. Lee, M, Demirtas, D, Buick, JE, Feldman, MJ, Cheskes, S, Morrison, LJ et al.. Increased cardiac arrest survival and bystander intervention in enclosed pedestrian walkway systems. Resuscitation. 2017;118 :1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.06.013. PubMed PMID:28655622 PubMed Central PMC5559323.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Clinician Scientist, Emergency Medicine, LKSKI, University of Toronto
  • Director, Collaborative Program in Resuscitation Sciences, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Full member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
  • Member, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
  • Robert and Dorothy Pitts Chair in Acute Care & Emergency Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital