Health Services

Measuring equity in the use and financing of prescription medicines

The use of prescription drugs outside of hospitals is not addressed in the Canada Health Act or by any legislation that would ensure national standards for accessibility. As a result, public pharmaceutical insurance programs designed to provide access to prescription medicines outside of hospitals have evolved independently in each province and territory.

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2009

Development of Clinical Standards of Care for Huntington disease Intermediate Allele Predictive Test Results

Predictive testing for Huntington disease (HD) has been available since 1986. This genetic test has the ability to 'predict' whether individuals will develop HD in their lifetime and possibly pass the disease onto their children. Some individuals who undergo predictive testing receive an unusual test result, called an 'intermediate allele' (IA), which differs from a gene positive or negative result. While individuals with an IA will never develop HD themselves, there remains a risk that their children or grandchildren could subsequently develop the disorder.

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2009

Reconceptualizing the Formation of the Therapeutic Alliance from the Patient's Viewpoint using a Mixed Methods Research Design

The nature of the relationship between a healthcare provider and an individual receiving care has an impact on the success of psychotherapy and drug therapy. A strong professional working relationship can not only enhance the effect of psychological and psychiatric interventions, but can be therapeutic in and of itself. This has even been found in the treatment of very serious psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

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Improving Access to Quality Cancer Care using Operations Research Methods

Radiotherapy is used for curative and palliative (symptom relief) purposes for patients with cancer, with 30 to 40% of patients receiving radiotherapy during some point in their illness. Wait times for radiotherapy have been shown to lead to poorer outcomes for those treated as part of curative treatment, and to increased suffering for those treated for palliative reasons. Wait times occur either because of equipment and/or staff shortages, or due to resources not being used in the most optimal manner.

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Sex differences in patients presenting with acute myocardial infarction or chest pain without angiographic evidence of coronary disease

Although heart disease is a leading cause of death for men and women, sex/gender differences in the disease have only recently received attention. Evidence suggests there are sex/gender differences relating to prevalence, presentation, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of heart disease, but little is known about the underlying causes. An emerging area of interest is the fact the magnitude of the sex/gender difference in outcomes following a heart attack (favoring men) is much greater among younger women and men than among older patients.

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British Columbia Burden of Injury

Injuries are a significant public health problem in BC. Every year about 1,600 British Columbians die due to injury, 42,000 are hospitalized, and an estimated 400,000 people throughout the province sustain some sort of injury. The cumulative effect of injury on a population is known as the burden of injury. Burden of injury data help policy makers and practitioners determine the effectiveness of current services in injury prevention and injury treatment, and provide direction about new interventions that would have the greatest impact.

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Building the Evidence-base to Support Rural Maternity Health Services Policy and Planning

Dr. Stefan Grzybowski is a family physician clinical investigator and co director of the Centre for Rural Health Research within the Vancouver Coastal health Research institute. He is co-Principal Investigator of the Rural Maternity New Emerging Team, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and also co directs the British Columbia Rural and Remote Health Research Network, a Health of Population Network funded by the Michael Smith foundation. Prior to moving to Vancouver in 1994, Dr.

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Social Pediatrics: A Responsive Interdisciplinary Coordinated Health [RICH] Model for Timely Accessible Services for At-Risk Families

Social pediatrics is a model of practice that places specific emphasis on the importance of the relationship between the practitioner and the child as well as focuses on family and community engagement as vital to the ways in which care is provided. Moreover, it is located in the child’s community and seeks to ensure care is accessible and responsive to the child and family’s health needs. To date, little is known about the processes needed to implement a social pediatrics model of practice within the current structure of the health system.

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Pharmacy Immunization Community Strategy

Influenza is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Canada. Community attack rates range from 10 to 20 percent, but can be more than 50 percent in closed settings such as residential care facilities or schools. In BC, influenza vaccine is provided free to hose at increased risk of severe disease and/or death from influenza infection, including the elderly and people with chronic health conditions. Despite access to free vaccine, adult immunization rates in the eligible population remain too low.

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