June 10, 2018
Helping paramedics endure trauma
It is estimated that 1 in 4 paramedics are at risk for developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to their exposure to traumatic calls – a rate that is higher than among firefighters or police. Debriefing reactions to traumatic events with peers holds potential for mitigating the negative effects of these experiences. However, few studies have been conducted with paramedics. In a qualitative study, IHLCDP Associate Cheryl Drewitz-Chesney explored peer communication and support among paramedics following traumatic calls. Factors influencing paramedic communication and their ability to process experiences in responding to traumatic emergency calls included norms related to sharing emotions, acknowledgement of links between PTSD and risk of suicide, and provision of peer support programs by employers. This research was completed as part of a Masters of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh.
June 26, 2018
Research-to-Practice in real time
Dr. Sana Shahram, IHLCDP Associate and MSFHR Post-doctoral Research Fellow, shares her experiences as Embedded Health Equity Scholar at Interior Health (IH) in her recent blog. Situated in IH’s Population Health and Research portfolios, Dr. Shahram is carving out a new role as a researcher to support the implementation of research findings into system-level changes to promote health equity. What is particularly unique about her work as an Embedded Scholar is that she has the opportunity to apply her research expertise from within the systems she is investigating – closing the gap between research and practice in health systems research.
June 21, 2018
Launching a Mobile Men’s Shed to enhance rural men’s wellbeing
In a one year study, IHLCDP Associate Dr. Nelly Oelke, and her team are teaming up with the Okanagan Men’s Shed Association to deliver and evaluate a mobile Men’s Shed to rural communities in the Southern Okanagan Similkameen.
Developing Indigenous Pathways for Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Management
IHLCDP Associates Dr. Donna Kurtz, Ms. Leslie Bryant, and Dr. Charlotte Jones will work with six BC Interior Friendship and Métis Centres to blend traditional and western knowledge to optimized health and health equity in holistic, patient-centred diabetes and obesity care.
Designing a smoking cessation program for Indigenous dads
IHLCDP Director, Dr. Joan Bottorff and Ms. Danielle Wilson are leading a team to develop a smoking cessation program for Indigenous fathers and grandfathers who want to quit smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco.
The ABCs of Assessing Physical Literacy in Older Adults
Dr. Gareth Jones, IHLCDP Associate, wants to foster successful aging by promoting physical literacy in older adults. This project will focus on developing an evidence-based assessment battery to measure and monitor physical literacy in older adults across Canada.
The Virtual Atrial Fibrillation Clinic: Improving Specialty Care Delivery in Rural Communities
IHLCDP Associate Dr. Kathy Rush is addressing the lack specialty (cardiac) care in rural communities shown to reduce emergency department use and improve older adults’ ability to manage Atrial Fibrillation (AF).
Supporting mental health in rural communities
Dr. Nelly Oelke, IHLCDP Associate and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, is leading a program of community-based research focused on improving services and supports for adults 50 and over with mental health concerns in the South Okanagan and Similkameen.