Wounds/Injuries

Health related quality of life following road trauma: An emergency department inception cohort study

Each year in Canada, road trauma causes over 2,000 deaths and 10,000 serious injuries. Disability after an injury is a major public health concern, but the long term health outcome after road trauma is poorly investigated and based mostly on older research that does not reflect modern vehicle safety features or modern medical treatment. In addition, there is almost no research that helps health care providers know which patients are most likely to have a bad outcome following a crash, making it difficult to provide them with the care they require.

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2017
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Implementing concussion return to activity guidelines in primary care

Throughout the history of medicine, patients who had a disease that was poorly understood were advised to rest. As scientists and doctors learned more, early mobilization and active therapies (e.g., exercise) gradually replaced rest as the conventional treatment for a variety of medical conditions, such as chronic fatigue, whiplash, stroke, low back pain, and cardiac arrest. We have now reached this same juncture for concussion care. The proposed project aims to figure out how to support doctors in implementing new science-informed return to activity guidelines for concussion.

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2017

Novel approaches to enhance mobility of older adults: Targeting injury prevention, movement energetics, and physical activity

Mobility is a key component of health and is necessary for older adults to maintain independent functioning and autonomy. Unfortunately, 30-40% of older adults report mobility limitations, which have profound impacts on independence and quality of life; they are a precursor to mobility disability and increased dependence in activities of daily living, entry into nursing homes, and mortality. Limitations to mobility result from acute events, such as fall-related injuries, and chronic processes, such as high energetic costs of movement and lack of physical activity.

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2014
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Drug impaired driving: Evaluating the threat to traffic safety

Motor vehicle crashes cause 15,000 serious injuries and over 2,000 deaths in Canada annually. The contribution of drug-impaired driving to these tragedies is unknown, but suspected to be significant. This lack of knowledge hinders the development of effective traffic safety policies to prevent drug-impaired driving.

The research of Dr. Jeffrey Brubacher aims to prevent injuries and fatalities resulting from motor vehicle crashes. His research program consists of three inter-related themes:

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2011
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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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2008
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