Health Services

Development and Validation of the Patient Engagement In Research Scale (PEIRS)

Patient engagement in research occurs when patients meaningfully and actively take part in the conduct and decision-making at any stage of the research process from inception through impact evaluation. There is a paucity of validated measurement tools to evaluate whether interventions to improve patient engagement in research support their successful engagement.

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2016

Improving health equity through cross-cultural collaboration: Learning from Indigenous-developed programs to strengthen public health systems in preventing the harms of substance use in BC

A function of public health systems and services is to reduce health inequities. The harms of substance use impact British Columbians differently based on their social position and access to resources. Over the last decade, BC has had renewed interest in health equity as demonstrated by several key policy documents.

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2016

CALOR: Cooling Autoinflammation with cLinically Oriented Research

MSFHR/Cassie and Friends Society for Children with Juvenile Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases Scholar Award

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2016

Respiratory Evaluation Sciences Program: Innovations in analytic approaches to improve efficiency in respiratory care

Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are among the most prevalent chronic diseases in Canada. This research program aims to improve patient outcomes and the efficiency of health care delivery in chronic respiratory diseases like asthma and COPD. The outputs of this research program will help enable evidence-informed decision making at all levels of care.

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2016

Responding to HIV and other blood-borne pathogens among people who use illicit drugs

The intertwined pandemics of addiction and HIV/AIDS remain a public health crisis. Among people who use drugs, a substantial number live with HIV/AIDS and many experience suboptimal treatment outcomes.

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2016

A Research Program to Ensure the Effective Delivery of Substance Use Treatment Across Acute and Community Care Settings

Substance use disorders are a major contributor to preventable illness and death, including HIV and hepatitis C infection. An effective response to this public health crisis depends on using evidence-based practices in acute and community care settings (addiction health care) to understand factors that influence access to health services and people’s drug use.

This program examines health care and substance use through three interconnected lines of inquiry:

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2016

Integrating HCV and addiction treatment to improve individual and population HCV outcomes among people who inject drugs

Hepatitis C (HCV) remains a significant challenge that affects an estimated 60,000 British Columbians. Many more, in particular, people who inject drugs (PWID), remain highly vulnerable to HCV infection. Recently, there have been dramatic developments in the treatment of HCV with the arrival of direct acting antivirals (DAAs). These drug regimens are highly effective, offering vastly superior cure rates over past HCV treatments.

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2015
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Influence of community rehabilitation services on community reintegration and health utilization after stroke

Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability in adults, and community reintegration is the pivotal outcome of successful rehabilitation.

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2015

The cost effectiveness of personalized medicine: Using a biomarker-driven treatment strategy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a common lifelong disease. People with the disease suffer swelling and pain as the disease damages their joints. This leads to disabilities that can affect their ability to do day to day tasks in their personal and work lives.

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Supporting women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights through Treatment as Prevention: Investigating the impact of structural and interpersonal violence on HIV and reproductive health inequities among women living with HIV in British Columbia

BC's ambitious "90-90-90" target for 2020 aims to ensure that: 1) 90 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS are aware of their status; 2) 90 percent of those diagnosed receive sustained treatment; and 3) 90 percent of those being treated achieve viral suppression. Access and uptake from all affected groups in BC would be needed to achieve this.

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Continuing Health Impact Assessment (CHIA) of the computer-based Drug and Alcohol Training Assessment in Kenya (eDATA K)

Tobacco, alcohol and other substance use disorders (SUD) are among the most important risk factors for the global burden of disease, with a 38 percent increase in global burden of the disease from substance use in the 20 years between 1990 and 2010, mainly driven by increased drug use (57 percent) and alcohol use (32 percent).

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Understanding the spatial and contextual inequities of health access and use by people living with or vulnerable to HIV in British Columbia

Access to health care services is critical to improving the health and well-being of people living with or vulnerable to HIV. Factors such as density of services or neighbourhood violence play a substantial role as barriers or facilitators to health care access in broader populations, but limited research is available to show that this is also true for people living with or vulnerable to HIV. This study will investigate, within BC:

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2015

A community-based research program focused on “Adding Life to Later Years”

In 2011, an estimated 5 million Canadians were 65 years of age or older, a number that is expected to double in the next 25 years. The majority of older adults prefer to live in their family home for as long as possible. However, aging in place - the desire to remain living in the community, with some level of independence - is only possible with provision of adequate housing, transportation, recreational opportunities, health and home services and amenities that facilitate physical activity, social interaction and cultural engagement.

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2014

Socio-demographic and behavioural factors: Impact on cardiac patients' access to and outcomes from care

Dr. Mackay’s program of research aims to explore the effects of ethnicity on certain critical junctures in cardiac care: seeking treatment in an Emergency Department when having symptoms of acute coronary syndrome; decision-making regarding revascularization or other treatment for coronary artery disease; outcomes following revascularization procedures (i.e., angioplasty and coronary artery bypass surgery); and discharge from acute care of cardiac patients who have screened positive for depression.

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