Projects

  • Publicly-funded live-in addiction recovery services in British Columbia
    2016
    This project will lay a foundation for improved access to publicly funded live-in addiction recovery programs throughout British Columbia. The project will involve creating a detailed map and inventory of existing publicly funded live-in addiction recovery programs in BC. It will also involve a literature review supplemented by consultations with experts in mental health and addiction treatment. The project will provide important information about service availability, clients' needs, patterns of service use, gaps and best practices for maximizing resources.
  • E-mental health in primary care: Evaluation of the current practice and future needs to support the general practitioners.
    2016
    General Practitioners (GPs) have a significant role in the provision of primary mental health care in Canada however, there is evidence to suggest that the current health care system does not provide the appropriate support for GPs to perform this task.
  • The fundamental association between mental health and life satisfaction - Results from a 600,000 Canadian participant survey
    2016
    While mental health is a fundamental aspect of overall health, few studies report on the association between mental health and life satisfaction. A one-item life satisfaction question is often used as a measure in economic and social sciences as an indicator of societal well-being. This study’s objective was to determine how mental health is correlated to life satisfaction in the Canadian population.
  • Reporting Mental Health Performance across Canadian Provinces
    2015–2016
    The aim of the project is to create and report on six important mental health indicators that can be compared across and within five Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Health indicators support health authorities and facilities as they monitor the health of their populations and track how well their health systems function. The project is designed to address important gaps in mental health performance measurement in Canada. In addition to a report of the six indicators, the project will produce a repository for meta-data that can be used for further development and creation of indicators.
  • Effect of income assistance on substance use and psychiatric emergency admission rates in Vancouver
    2015
    This study will undertake a retrospective analysis of the emergency department admissions to evaluate temporal patterns in relation to income assistance cheque issue dates. Anonymized emergency department data gathered from April 2005 to March 2013 from St. Paul’s Hospital and Mount Saint Joseph Hospital in Vancouver will be analyzed.