Saskatchewan Snapshot

Clinical and Health Services Research

Monday November 16, 2:00 - 3:30
Moderator: Dr. Elan Paluck

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment: What Is Working and What Can We Improve?

Dr. Kara Fletcher (Principal Investigator), Stacey McHenry (Research Assistant)

Project Background: Research on client experiences within mental health and addictions programs are essential to inform efforts to increase program quality and relationships with healthcare professionals to achieve the goal of facilitating better client outcomes and program retention. In a collaboration between the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, McGill University and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), this research project aimed use a patient-oriented approach to provide insight into how this goal could be met.  


Individualized Physiotherapy and Activity Coaching in Multiple Sclerosis (IPAC-MS): randomized controlled trial preliminary data

Dr. Sarah Donkers (Principal Investigator)

Project Background: Physical activity has benefits in MS and may have disease-modifying impact. However, less than 20% of people with MS are sufficiently active for health benefits. A review on exercise interventions in MS identified that behavioural interventions may have the largest effect sizes for increasing physical activity. A lack of support and resources are known barriers to physical activity. This study will evaluate individualized behaviour change strategies delivered through on-going neurophysiotherapist support for increasing physical activity levels.


Insight into Social Influences on Veterans' Use of Medical Cannabis to Manage their PTSD Symptoms

Maryellen Gibson (Principal Investigator), Master Corporal (R'td) Chad Bridger (Patient Partner), Sgt (R'td) Gerald Henwood (Patient Partner)

Project Background: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from military duty is a serious health concern for Canadian Veterans. The use of medical cannabis to manage Veterans’ PTSD symptoms is becoming more common. The long term impacts of high frequency, high dosage medical cannabis use are unknown. There is also an absence of understanding about social influences on Veterans’ use of medical cannabis.

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Assessment of Access to Patient History: A Pilot Study in Saskatchewan

Jacqueline Messer-Lepage (Principal Investigator), Jennifer Williams (Researcher), KM Rashed Al-Mamun (Researcher)

Project Background: Paramedics provide timely and safe patient assessment and diagnosis, intervention on the scene, and transportation where necessary. It is important that providers be appropriately skilled, informed, and sufficiently resourced to support positive patient outcomes. Patient history or test results are seldom available to support a clinical assessment conducted by a paramedic. Providing paramedics electronic access to patient medical history (known as an eViewer) is a new approach to client-centered healthcare in Saskatchewan. The aim of this study was to qualitatively explore and understand the perceptions and experiences of paramedics with and without access to patient medical history.


Improving outcomes in kidney recipients: a randomized controlled trial of a pre-transplant education intervention

Holly Mansell (Principal Investigator), Nicola Rosaasen (Co-Investigator)

Project Background: Poor patient knowledge about transplantation is a major problem following kidney transplant. The transplant process is complex and patients desire more support. A patient-oriented research project resulted in the development of 6-part video series entitled 'Solid Organ Transplantation: An Educational Mini-Series for Patients', which can be delivered electronically and accessed by patients located from any location. The purpose of this project was to test the impact of this educational series in patients that were either undergoing assessment or waitlisted for kidney transplant. 


Nato' we ho win

Crystal J. Giesbrecht (Co-Principal Investigator, Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan), Miranda Field (Researcher), Dr. R. Nick Carleton (Co-Investigator), Dr. Carrie LaVallie (Researcher)

Project Background: Nato' we ho win is an innovative program for Indigenous women who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV). Participants engaged in trauma-informed, artistic, and cultural programming designed to increase stress management skills, social support networks, coping skills, and knowledge of traditional Indigenous culture, as well as addressing issues related to the experience of IPV.    While it has been shown that both arts-based and culturally-based interventions lead to reduced traumatic symptoms and increased positive health outcomes for survivors of trauma, Nato' we ho win was unique in that it combined art and cultural activities to support healing for Indigenous women survivors. While the existing literature illustrates that such an intervention would be effective for this group of women, such a program had not, to our knowledge, been researched previously.