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Protecting patients and the planet from unnecessary tests

Research into the triple bottom line of sustainable health care uncovers new ways to reduce costs to people, health care and the environment.

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The importance of health literacy in chronic airway disease management

A newly developed health literacy tool is helping to bridge barriers between patients and care providers.

Proper disease management for people with chronic airway conditions can be the difference between staying symptom-free and needing an emergency visit to the hospital. Research led by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute researcher Dr. Iraj Poureslami underscores the crucial role of health literacy in supporting patient adherence to prescription medications and treatment regimen suggested by respiratory doctors.  

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Cost-effectiveness of pharmacogenomic-guided treatment for major depression

Shahzad Ghanbarian PhD, Gavin W.K. Wong PhD, Mary Bunka BA, Louisa Edwards PhD, Sonya Cressman PhD MBA, Tania Conte MSc, Morgan Price MD PhD, Christian Schuetz MD, Linda Riches MEd, Ginny Landry, David Erickson PhD, Kim McGrail PhD, Sandra Peterson MSc, Rohit Vijh MD MPH, Alison M. Hoens MSc BScPT, Jehannine Austin PhD, Stirling Bryan PhD

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From planetary health to planetary healthcare

The UBC Planetary Healthcare Lab is charting a path toward net zero healthcare systems. Dr. Andrea MacNeill explains how.

In Canada, healthcare is responsible for more than four-and-a-half per cent of greenhouse gas emissions — equivalent to the aviation industry.

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People in profile: Amarildo Ceka

Meet Amarildo — A health policy researcher with a passion for politics.

Q: What is your role in health research? 

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Partnerships to prevent harm from dangerous side effects of drugs

Johanna Trimble became an advocate for adverse drug event (ADE) awareness after having more than one family member affected by a problem medication. 

ADEs occur when a person experiences harmful side effects from a prescribed medication. Trimble’s sister-in-law, Marilyn, passed away after a medication that had previously harmed her was accidentally re-prescribed by her general practitioner, who was unaware of Marilyn’s previous adverse reaction to the medication.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Research Excellence at VCHRI

VCHRI has recently opened registration for their upcoming event — Celebrating 20 Years of Research Excellence — happening on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 from 8:00am-5:30pm.

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Congratulations to Dan Kim!

Congratulations to Dan Kim on his successful MSc defense.

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Congratulations to Dr. Herbert Chan!

Congratulations to C2E2's Dr. Herbert Chan for receiving this year's Research Excellence Staff Award (RESA). This competition acknowledges staff members with 10 or more years of service who have demonstrated research excellence through mentorship, building research culture and upholding the VCHRI values of integrity, accountability, collaboration, equity and community- and patient-focus. Each recipient will receive $15,000 of lab funding, as well as a personal honorarium for their dedicated work.

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