Regular doctor visits are good medicine for insulin-dependent type 2 diabetics

People with insulin-dependent type 2 diabetes may benefit from meeting with their general practitioner (GP) regularly, even when their symptoms seem to be under control. This recommendation stems from a nationally representative research study out of Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) that found visiting a GP at least once per year significantly reduced in-hospital time.

Investigator Awards support clinicians conducting impactful research

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) is committed to supporting clinician-scientists in their efforts to conduct high-quality, impactful research that will improve the lives of British Columbians. The annual Investigator Awards, supported by the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, provides salary support to leading health research investigators to help move their work forward. The peer-reviewed awards allow clinicians to reduce their clinical practice commitments and expand their research capacity to make way for future discoveries. 

Where Are They Now? C2E2 Alumni Samantha Pollard tells her Story

Dr. Samantha Pollard holds a PhD from UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, a Master of Science from McMaster University, and a BA (honours) from UBC. Dr. Pollard joined C2E2 in 2011 as a research assistant and PhD student, under the supervision of Dr. Stirling Bryan and Dr. Nick Bansback. Trained in epidemiology, healthcare ethics, and mixed-methods research, she is currently completing her post-doctoral fellowship with the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC) at BC Cancer.

Asthma and COPD patients’ perceived link between health literacy core domains and self-management of their condition

Iraj Poureslami, Jessica Shum, Roger Goldstein, Samir Gupta, Shawn D. Aaron, Kim L. Lavoie, Claude Poirier, Saron Kassay, Kassie Starnes, Alizeh Akhtar, J. Mark FitzGerald, on behalf of the Canadian Airways Health Literacy Study Group


Health reform check-up: How is Canada adapting to changing health priorities?

It's been more than 50 years since universal health care was established in Canada, and while Canadian’s health care needs have changed significantly over that time, the system has failed to adapt sufficiently to those changing needs. 

Where Are They Now? C2E2 Alumni Trina Stephens tells her Story

Dr. Trina Stephens completed a Master of Science in Experimental Medicine from the University of British Columbia in 2014. Upon graduating, she joined C2E2 as Project Coordinator for the Canadian Collaborative Study of Hip Fractures. Under the supervision of Dr. Boris Sobolev and Dr. Pierre Guy, she gained experience in health services research, and comparative effectiveness research, using Canadian administrative health data repositories.

C2E2 2019 Annual Lecture Guest Speaker: Jean-Louis Denis

20 Years of Health Reforms in Canada: The Experience of Seven Provinces

Over the last 25 years there has been in many cases a failure to adapt to emerging health needs and priorities within health systems in Canada. This provides a strong policy rationale to search for alternative strategies that might produce much-needed reforms.

This annual lecture will explore the transformative capacity of provincial health systems focusing on three questions:

Harmful medication re-exposures could be avoided with new approaches

Vancouver, BC – Adverse drug events could be avoided by sharing patients’ medication histories and previous harmful medication exposures among various health care facilities. That’s one of the key findings of a study published July 18, 2019 in CMAJ Open

Led by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute researcher Dr. Corinne Hohl, the study’s conclusions are a wake-up call to urgently find new approaches to better protect the health and safety of patients.