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A Better ‘Shot’ for Health Care in New Brunswick

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: August 23, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Health



Over the past few years, New Brunswick’s health care system has been struggling to improve service delivery, given the shortage of primary care providers and increasing need for health care services among the province’s aging population. With the additional strain COVID-19 has placed on the system, the need to free up resources is more urgent than ever. In 2009, changes in legislation allowed New Brunswick pharmacists to deliver an expanded range of vaccines – a change in...

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Update: Survey Results on Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: August 11, 2021 11:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Health



Background Pollara Strategic Insights and Mental Health Research Canada are conducting a series of 13 nationwide surveys to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of Canadians. At NB-IRDT, we are focusing on how New Brunswickers responded. Previously, NB-IRDT reported on the results of Survey 2 (conducted in August 2020). We present here the results from Survey 6 (conducted in April 2021), with the goal of updating key findings and describing new responses. In this poll, for...

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Mental Health

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: May 10, 2021 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Health



What impact is COVID-19 having on your mental health? New Brunswickers were asked this very question in a 2020 survey carried out by Mental Health Research Canada and Pollara Strategic Insights. At NB-IRDT, epidemiologist Dr. Sandra Magalhaes and her research team analyzed New Brunswickers’ survey responses. In a recently released report, they identify the impacts of social, economic, and recreational factors on mental health and the impacts of the ongoing pandemic on New Brunswickers'...

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Giving New Brunswick Our Best Shot

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: April 12, 2021 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Health



At one time, only physicians were allowed to administer vaccinations. In 2009, however, the province of New Brunswick passed legislation allowing pharmacists to do the same. As COVID-19 vaccines are now available, the ability to receive a vaccination from a local pharmacist is becoming more and more important to New Brunswickers. Could pharmacist-administered vaccines boost healthcare in NB? This summer, NB-IRDT researchers Dr. Sandra Magalhaes and Dr. Chris Folkins are leading a team of UNB...

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Concepts in Epidemiology

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: April 8, 2021 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Health


When diseases like SARS-CoV-2 emerge, epidemiology is key to understanding and controlling the spread of infection. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, “epidemiology” has become a common term in the public realm, appearing in news articles and interviews worldwide. But what exactly is epidemiology? And what does this field of study entail? Epidemiology is the study of how health is distributed in populations and what factors determine good and bad health. The goals of...

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Measuring COPD in New Brunswick

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: March 2, 2021 12:00:00 PM AST

Category: Health , Seniors



Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is among the most common chronic diseases in New Brunswick, impacting a person’s ability to breathe and, as a result, their participation in daily social, work, and school activities. COPD has been estimated to affect 24,800-57,000 New Brunswickers over age 35 – and while this large range of numbers indicates just how widespread the disease is, it also poses a problem for healthcare planners and policy makers. After all, strategies to...

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Introduction to Regression Workshop

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: February 11, 2021 12:00:00 PM AST

Category: Chronic Disease , Education , Health


Regression is a powerful statistical tool that is used to understand or to make predictions about the world around us. Understanding what regression is and when and how it is used is the focus of this introductory workshop. The workshop includes a comprehensive introduction to regression methods and its utility. Equipped with this knowledge, participants will feel more confident in their ability to engage in discussions on the use of regression analyses and in interpreting results from...

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NB-IRDT Expands Service Offering Through MEKTU

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: January 25, 2021 12:00:00 PM AST

Category: Seniors , Health


It’s one thing to implement a program – it’s a whole other matter to determine if the program works and how it can be improved. This is where MEKTU comes in. The Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Transfer Unit (MEKTU) is the new program evaluation unit in NB-IRDT, currently supporting healthy aging in Canada through program evaluation of the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project. A $75 million agreement between the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick,...

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Research Data From Across Canada

NB-IRDT

Posted: November 16, 2020 12:00:00 PM AST

Category: Health



NB-IRDT is a member of Health Data Research Network Canada (HDRN Canada), a pan-Canadian group of organizations that aims to improve health and well-being by making multi-jurisdictional data more accessible to researchers, institutions and government agencies across Canada for research. HDRN Canada connects individuals and organizations from across the country to share expertise, identify opportunities for collaboration, and foster innovation in ways that respect public expectations and...

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Have you heard about QUEST-SJ?

NB-IRDT

Posted: November 3, 2020 12:00:00 PM AST

Category: Health



QUEST-SJ is a group of dedicated healthcare and research professionals, motivated by a shared passion for improving healthcare in our community through collaboration and discussion. Participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds and levels of experience. Join the conversation and collaborate with other QUEST-SJ members; to receive the meeting log-in information, contact quest-sj@unb.ca. Please note that due to COVID-19, monthly meetings are currently being held via Zoom. See the full...

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Research at NB-IRDT among 27 Funded NB COVID-19 Projects

NB-IRDT

Posted: August 13, 2020 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Health



In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers around the world have focused their efforts and expertise on detecting, treating, and responding to the virus and its aftermath. In New Brunswick, research is underway to address the challenges of COVID-19 – not only in relation to its global impact but also regarding specific issues affecting New Brunswick. Recently, 27 New Brunswick research projects were awarded funds of $846,707 through the joint efforts of The New Brunswick...

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Artificial Intelligence for Health Task Force Releases Reports

NB-IRDT

Posted: August 12, 2020 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Health



In September 2019, CIFAR convened the Artificial Intelligence for Health (AI4H) task force – a group developed to advance the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare. AI4H has released it report, Building a Learning Health System for Canadians, with a focus on: improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and safety of health service delivery, providing insights to inform both disease prevention and policies addressing broader population health, and underpinning the discovery and...

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COVID-19 Rapid Response Reports Support Government Response in NB

NB-IRDT and MSSU Staff

Posted: July 15, 2020 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Health


The arrival and spread of COVID-19 led to rapid changes to all aspects of our society not the least of which our health care system and our economy. For provincial governments tasked with implementing many of these changes, dealing with the considerable uncertainty is challenging. The New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT) and the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) developed a series of Rapid Response Reports to provide provincial government decision makers with...

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Are you a New Brunswick English-speaking male over 19 years experienced in or trying to lose weight?

NB-IRDT

Posted: July 14, 2020 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Population Research , Health



The purpose of this study is to determine if text message support assists men who are seeking to lose weight. Previously conducted in the United Kingdom, a research team is now looking to conduct the same study in Canada. One component of the study is a survey. Before launching the survey, however, the research team would like to recruit English-speaking men with experience in trying to lose weight to review the proposed survey questions. As the survey questions were previously used in the...

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End of life literature review for pandemic response

NB-IRDT

Posted: June 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Health , Seniors



NB-IRDT research analyst Jeff Gaudet was one of several Moncton-based researchers who produced a rapid-response literature review examining issues, concerns, best practices, and recommendations for end of life care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lead author was Marc-Andre Gaudet, an Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) researcher. The report was produced to support Vitalité Health Network's pandemic response team prepare for end of life needs of New Brunswick patients. Read the report

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NB-IRDT Research Featured in Food Security Webinar

NB-IRDT

Posted: June 2, 2020 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Economics , Health



Food insecurity touches at least one in every six households in New Brunswick. It takes many forms: anxiety about running out of food, missing meals, and not being able to afford food. NB-IRDT platform research featured prominently in “What the Food?” a Food for All NB webinar on May 20. The first in a series on New Brunswick’s food sector, the talk was titled “Household Food Insecurity & New Brunswick” and featured research by Dr. Valerie Tarasuk of the...

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COVID-19 projected outcomes to April 24

NB-IRDT

Posted: April 21, 2020 1:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Health


This rapid response report provides updated projections estimating the trajectory COVID-19 could follow in New Brunswick (NB) if the province has outcomes similar to those of countries and provinces that have to date contained infections relatively successfully. Studying the experiences of the different locations further along in the infection outbreak helps inform how the disease could continue to progress in NB. Variables considered include COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, critical...

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COVID-19 rapid response report on healthcare resources

NB-IRDT

Posted: April 21, 2020 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Health



Does having dedicated resources – spaces and services – for COVID-19 effectively control the spread, decrease the severity, and mitigate the cost of the disease in terms of costs to health care, societal disruption, health outcomes and lives lost? The NB-IRDT Team examined evidence for the separation of healthcare resources during pandemic medical management to prevent overlap and exposure between point sources of care and health personnel. The Team looked at current evidence for...

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NB-IRDT COVID-19 projections show good news for NB

NB-IRDT

Posted: April 8, 2020 2:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Health , Economics



UNB’s New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data, and Training’s 10-day COVID-19 outcome model shows New Brunswick is currently tracking towards a best-case scenario outcome, according to data as of April 7. NB-IRDT researchers, led by Dr. Ted McDonald, developed their prediction models by looking at outcome data as of March 31, 2020 from other countries with a range of COVID-19 response strategies, from strict lockdowns and widespread testing to slow implementation of restriction...

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The cost of workplace cancers

NBIRDT Staff

Posted: March 9, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Economics , Health



Many jobs in New Brunswick involve regular exposure to carcinogens. While it is difficult—and in many cases impossible—to prove a case of cancer was caused by exposure to workplace carcinogens, some occupations are highly correlated with certain types of cancer. But until fairly recently, few occupational cancer cases qualified for Workers Compensation coverage. Firefighters have long waged a battle to prove that their jobs put them at an increased risk for certain types of cancer...

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Busier obstetricians means fewer patient complications

Mara Mallory

Posted: February 3, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Population Research , Health , Evidence-based Policy



Women undergoing C-sections with lower volume providers or specialists other than obstetricians are at much higher risk of complications   Caesarean sections (C-sections) account for approximately 4.9% of all inpatient surgeries in New Brunswick and rates have been rising throughout Canada.  NB-IRDT researchers looked at all hospital admissions for C-sections in New Brunswick between April 2004 and March...

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