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Higginbottom G.M.A.,University of Nottingham | Valianatos H.,University of Alberta | Shankar J.,University of Calgary | Safipour J.,Linnaeus University | Davey C.,Edmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA
Ethnicity and Health | Year: 2017

Objective: Following migration, pregnant immigrant women may encounter social, cultural, and economic challenges that negatively affect their food choices and subsequent health outcomes. Culturally appropriate health care is crucial during the perinatal period to ensure the health of immigrant mothers and their children. This project aims to explore and understand how the health beliefs and practices of Chinese immigrant women affect their food choices during the perinatal period. Design: This qualitative study used the methodology of focused ethnography. Women participated in one semi-structured interview, followed by a second photo-assisted, semi-structured interview which incorporated photographs taken by the women themselves. Results: The food choices and health behaviors of immigrant women were influenced by their general health beliefs, cultural knowledge concerning particular types of foods, traditional Chinese medical beliefs, social advice and information, and socio-economic factors. Conclusion: The provision of culturally appropriate health care is crucial during the perinatal period, as it is not only a vulnerable life stage for women and their children but also a sensitive period of interaction with the Canadian health-care system. Understanding these intersecting factors can help to ensure culturally appropriate care and optimized health outcomes for Chinese immigrant women during the perinatal period. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group


Wiart L.,University of Alberta | Wiart L.,Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital | Rosychuk R.J.,University of Alberta | Rosychuk R.J.,Edmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA | And 2 more authors.
BMC Neurology | Year: 2016

Background: Robot assisted gait training (RAGT) is considered to be a promising approach for improving gait-related gross motor function of children and youth with cerebral palsy. However, RAGT has yet to be empirically demonstrated to be effective. This knowledge gap is particularly salient given the strong interest in this intensive therapy, the high cost of the technology, and the requirement for specialized rehabilitation centre resources. Methods: This is a research protocol describing a prospective, multi-centre, concurrent mixed methods study comprised of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) and an interpretive descriptive qualitative design. It is a mixed methods study designed to determine the relative effectiveness of three physical therapy treatment conditions (i.e., RAGT, a functional physical therapy program conducted over-ground (fPT), and RAGT + fPT) on gait related motor skills of ambulatory children with cerebral palsy. Children with cerebral palsy aged 5-18 years who are ambulatory (Gross Motor Function Classification System Levels II and III) will be randomly allocated to one of four treatment conditions: 1) RAGT, 2) fPT, 3) RAGT and fPT combined, or 4) a maintenance therapy only control group. The qualitative component will explicate child and parent experiences with the interventions, provide insight into the values that underlie their therapy goals, and assist with interpretation of the results of the RCT. Discussion: n/a. Trial Registration:NCT02391324Registered March 12, 2015. © 2016 Wiart et al.


Aniteye P.,University of Ghana | O'Brien B.,Edmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA | Mayhew S.H.,London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
BMC Health Services Research | Year: 2016

Background: Unsafe abortion is an issue of public health concern and contributes significantly to maternal morbidity and mortality globally. Abortion evokes religious, moral, ethical, socio-cultural and medical concerns which mean it is highly stigmatized and this poses a threat to both providers and researchers. This study sought to explore challenges to providing safe abortion services from the perspective of health providers in Ghana. Methods: A descriptive qualitative study using in-depth interviews was conducted. The study was conducted in three (3) hospitals and five (5) health centres in the capital city in Ghana. Participants (n = 36) consisted of obstetrician/gynaecologists, nurse-midwives and pharmacists. Results: Stigma affects provision of safe-abortion services in Ghana in a number of ways. The ambiguities in Ghanaian abortion law and lack of overt institutional support for practitioners increased reluctance to openly provide for fear of stigmatisation and legal threat. Negative provider attitudes that stigmatised women seeking abortion care were frequently driven by socio-cultural and religious norms that highly stigmatise abortion practice. Exposure to higher levels of education, including training overseas, seemed to result in more positive, less stigmatising views towards the need for safe abortion services. Nevertheless, physicians open to practicing abortion were still very concerned about stigma by association. Conclusions: Stigma constitutes an overarching impediment for abortion service provision. It affects health providers providing such services and even researchers who study the subject. Exposure to wider debate and education seem to influence attitudes and values clarification training may prove useful. Proper dissemination of existing guidelines and overt institutional support for provision of safe services also needs to be rolled out. © 2016 The Author(s).


Banerji A.,Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute | Panzov V.,Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute | Young M.,IWK Childrens Hospital | Lee B.E.,Edmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA | And 8 more authors.
Canadian Respiratory Journal | Year: 2014

BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Nunavut has the highest hospitalization rates for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) worldwide, with rates of 166 per 1000 live births per year <1 year of age. Palivizumab was implemented in Nunavut primarily for premature infants, or those with hemodynamically significant cardiac or chronic lung disease; however, the effectiveness of the program is unknown. The objective of the present multisite, hospital-based surveillance study was to estimate the effectiveness of palivizumab in infants <6 months of age in Nunavut for the 2009 and 2010 RSV seasons. METHODS: Infants identified as palivizumab candidates who were <6 months of age were compared with all admissions for lower respiratory tract infection through multisite, hospital-based surveillance documenting the adequacy of palivizumab prophylaxis, admission for lower respiratory tract infection and the results of RSV testing. The OR for RSV admission in unprophylaxed infants was compared with those who were prophylaxed, and the effectiveness of palivizumab was estimated. RESULTS: Within the study cohort (n=101) during the two RSV seasons, five of the 10 eligible infants who did not receive adequate prophylaxis were admitted with RSV while two of the 91 infants <6 months of age eligible for palivizumab who were adequately prophylaxed were hospitalized with RSV (OR 22.3 [95% CI 3.8 to 130]; P=0.0005). The estimated effectiveness of palivizumab for the cohort was as high as 96%. Eight eligible infants were missed by the program and did not receive prophylaxis. CONCLUSION: Palivizumab was highly effective in reducing hospitalizations due to RSV infection in Nunavut. Further efforts need to be made to ensure that all eligible infants are identified. ©2014 Pulsus Group Inc. All rights reserved.


Marrie T.J.,Dalhousie University | Costain N.,Dalhousie University | La Scola B.,Aix - Marseille University | Patrick W.,Dalhousie University | And 5 more authors.
Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine | Year: 2012

The term atypical pneumonia was first used in 1938, and by the 1970s it was widely used to refer to pneumonia due to Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Legionella pneumophila (or other Legionella species), and Chlamydophila pneumoniae. However, in the purest sense all pneumonias other than the classic bacterial pneumonias are atypical. Currently many favor abolition of the term atypical pneumonia. This review categorizes atypical pneumonia pathogens as conventional ones; viral agents and emerging atypical pneumonia pathogens. We emphasize viral pneumonia because with the increasing availability of multiplex polymerase chain reaction we can identify the agent(s) responsible for viral pneumonia. By using a sensitive assay for procalcitonin one can distinguish between viral and bacterial pneumonia. This allows pneumonia to be categorized as bacterial or viral at the time of admission to hospital or at discharge from the emergency department and soon thereafter further classified as to the etiology, which should be stated as definite or probable. Copyright © 2012 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.


Leon S.L.,University of Ottawa | Cappelli M.,University of Ottawa | Ali S.,Edmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA | Craig W.,Edmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA | And 6 more authors.
Paediatrics and Child Health (Canada) | Year: 2013

OBJECTIVE: To describe emergency mental health services in major paediatric centres across Canada. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of mental health services in emergency departments (EDs) from all 15 Canadian tertiary care paediatric centres was conducted. RESULTS: Fifteen individuals participated and were either a paediatric emergency physician with administrative responsibilities (60%) or an emergency mental health care provider (40%). Four participants reported that their ED used an evidence-based guideline, tool or policy, and one participant reported their ED based its services on published research evidence. Reported ED-based mental health resources included a crisis intervention team (five EDs), a mental health nurse (six EDs) and a social worker (five EDs). Thirteen participants reported on-site consultation with child psychiatry and six reported urgent follow-up as an adjunct service to ED care. CONCLUSIONS: There is a wide variety of mental health care practices in Canadian paediatric EDs. Consideration of which resources are required to ensure evidence-based, effective services are provided to children and youth is necessary. © 2013 Pulsus Group Inc.


Malik B.A.,University of Alberta | Gibbons K.,University of Alberta | Spady D.,University of Alberta | Lees G.,University of Alberta | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Colorectal Disease | Year: 2013

Purpose: Health-related quality of life (HRQL) is not well studied in proctocolectomy patients with pediatric onset of ulcerative colitis (UC). We aimed to (1) compare the HRQL of proctocolectomy patients with those treated with conventional therapy and (2) determine factors that influence HRQL in UC patients < 18 years. Methods: Chart review was done on patients diagnosed with pediatric onset of UC (<18) at the Stollery Children's Hospital. HRQL was evaluated in 88 patients using disease- and age-specific questionnaires; IMPACT III (<18) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire (IBDQ; ≥18). Demographics, disease characteristics, disease index (PUCAI), HRQL EuroQoL visual analog scale (EQ-5D/VAS) were collected and analyzed from all patients. Results: Sixty-five respondents completed the IMPACT III (74 %) and 23 patients completed the IBDQ (26 %). Thirty-three surgical patients (34 %) responded (mean IMPACT III score = 148.9 ± 12.7; mean IBDQ = 171.2 ± 40.1). There was no significant difference in IMPACT III scores of surgical patients vs. medically treated patients (148.9 ± 12.7 vs. 140.6 ± 19.4, p = 0.09). Patients with high IMPACT scores (>143 points) were most likely to be in remission (p = 0.05), they were less likely to be on medication (p < 0.05), have parent/guardian with postsecondary education (p = 0.01), did not suffer from fatigue (p < 0.01), and did not report depression (p < 0.02). The IMPACT correlation with PUCAI (adjusted r 2 = 0.33) and EQ-VAS (adjusted r 2 = 0.45) was strong. Conclusions: Surgical patients reported to have a HRQL comparable to or better than the nonsurgical patients. Depression, fatigue, parent/guardian education, and drugs influence HRQL. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.


Rashid M.,Edmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA | Goez H.R.,Edmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA | Mabood N.,Edmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA | Damanhoury S.,University of Alberta | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine | Year: 2014

PURPOSE: To explore the impact moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a child has on family functioning. METHODS: The search was conducted using 9 bibliographic databases for articles published between 1980 and 2013. Two reviewers independently screened for inclusion and assessed study quality. Two reviewers extracted study data and a third checked for completeness and accuracy. Findings are presented by three domains: injury-related burden and stress, family adaptability, and family cohesion. RESULTS: Nine observational studies were included. Across the studies, differences between study groups for family functioning varied, but there was a trend for more dysfunction in families whose child had a severe TBI as compared to families whose child had a moderate TBI or orthopedic injury. In three studies, injury-associated burden was persistent post-injury and was highest in families whose child had a severe TBI followed by families with a child who had a moderate TBI. One study found fathers reported more family dysfunction caused by their child's injury compared to mothers. Two studies found that mothers' adaptability depended on social support and stress levels while fathers' adaptability was independent of these factors and injury severity. CONCLUSION: Moderate to severe TBI has a significant, long-standing impact on family functioning. Factors associated with family adaptability vary by parental role. © 2014-IOS Press and the authors.


Scott O.,Edmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA | Galicia-Connolly E.,Edmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA | Adams D.,Edmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA | Surette S.,Edmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology | Year: 2012

Some cruciferous plants may serve as preventive treatments for several medical conditions; our objective was to systematically investigate their safety in humans. Four electronic databases were searched, and, of 10,831 references identified, 50 were included. Data were extracted by two independent reviewers, whereafter the association between interventions and adverse events was assessed. Adverse events in 53 subjects were identified through clinical trials; of these, altered drug metabolism was rated as certainly/likely caused by cruciferous plants. Adverse events in 1247 subjects were identified through observational studies, of which none received high causality ratings. Adverse events in 35 subjects were identified through case reports, of which allergies and warfarin resistance were rated as certainly/likely caused by cruciferous plants. We conclude that cruciferous plants are safe in humans, with the exception of allergies. Individuals treated with warfarin should consult their physician. Further investigation of uses of cruciferous plants in preventative medicine is warranted. Copyright 2012 Ori Scott et al.


PubMed | Edmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA
Type: Journal Article | Journal: American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine | Year: 2013

Allostatic load (AL), a novel measure of the physiologically dysregulated response of the body to stress, represents a biomarker of chronic stress exposure.To determine whether preadolescent children with high AL are more susceptible to asthma as adolescents.This was a prospective evaluation of children recruited at 7 to 10 years of age in the nested case-control arm of the Study of Asthma, Genes and Environment and followed until 11 to 14 years of age. AL was measured using eight biomarkers: fasting glucose, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, cortisol, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and waist-to-hip ratio. AL, created from the sum of biomarkers in a high-risk quartile, was related to prevalence and incidence of asthma using logistic regression.Among 352 participants followed until 11 to 14 years of age, prevalent asthma was four times more likely in boys with high (>3) versus low (2) AL after adjusting for current asthma/atopy, age, ethnicity, parental history of asthma, and overweight status. Similar results were observed in the analysis of new-onset asthma in boys (adjusted odds ratio, 4.35; 95% confidence interval, 1.19-15.9). In girls, there were no associations between AL and asthma. In the analysis of a subset of biomarkers, combinations of total cholesterol, glucose, and cortisol were associated with similar or greater risk of asthma prevalence or onset in boys.AL and its biomarkers are associated with an increased likelihood of asthma in adolescent boys. The observed association between AL and asthma may be attributable to a combined subset of AL biomarkers.

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