From the findings of an environmental study on Muskrat Falls to the use of music for better lung health, from mental health services in prisons to the role of gender in mental illness diagnoses in youth probationers in BC, this is shaping up to be a very busy and important semester for our Research Exchange Groups.
The Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program of NLCAHR has recently completed two new Rapid Evidence Reports on topics chosen by our provincial health system partners to support evidence-informed decision making in Newfoundland and Labrador. One study deals with reducing wait times for outpatient services while the other is about using digital surveys to soklicit patient feedback.
Health system decision makers in NL recognize the burden that Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) places on both the individual and on the healthcare system. By focusing on prevention, they hope to improve population health in the province and to reduce the costs required to manage this chronic disease. In an effort to help decision makers develop prevention strategies based on reliable evidence, the Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program (CHRSP) identified and reviewed the best available scientific and economic evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of approaches that aim to reduce T2D incidence.
The Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Eastern Health have funded five research projects under the final competition for research funding following from the Cameron Inquiry. The fund, Enhancing Health Care in NL, administered by NLCAHR, was established to support increased research and evaluation activities aimed at improving healthcare for patients in this province, including those with cancer.
NLCAHR's program of Research Exchange Groups is growing in leaps and bounds.
Seven research projects have been awarded a total of $122,000 under the 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) Awards Program. NLCAHR funds research that aligns with the Centre’s mandate: to meet the challenges of population health and health services in Newfoundland and Labrador; to address health promotion and wellness; and to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of the provincial health system. Thirty applicants submitted proposals to this year’s program. They included Master’s students, Doctoral candidates, and faculty researchers from a range of disciplines who are either developing or proposing applied health research projects. We extend our sincere thanks to all who applied and to the peer reviewers who assessed their applications.