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Research, the heart of health care

The North Shore Health Research Foundation has a proud history of funding research projects in the area of health research and education that benefits North Shore residents and communities.

Completed Research Projects


1. Intranasal Ketamine for Analgesia (INKA).

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of intranasal ketamine for pain management in the emergency department setting. Acute pain is one the most common complaints for patients attending the emergency department. Usually, intravenous narcotics such as morphine are used to treat acute pain. There is an unacceptably long delay in patients receiving intravenous morphine. Many factors contribute to this delay including difficulty in starting the intravenous line and necessity for monitoring morphine induced respiratory depression. Intranasal Ketamine spray can provide patients with immediate pain relief much faster than is currently possible without respiratory depression. It has the potential to revolutionize the practice of emergency department pain management.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Andolfatto, Lions Gate Hospital

Benefit to the Community: Intranasal medications are becoming increasingly popular due to their ease of use, rapid onset of action and simplicity. It as been shown that intranasal delivery of analgesic medications can be given much more quickly in the Emergency Department setting.

Academic Emergency Medical Journal Article

2. Emergency Room Research in Procedural Sedation and Analgesia (PSA).

Prospective comparison of Ketofol PSA vs present PSA regimens with regards to providing relief from pain and anxiety during necessary procedures (like fractures, joint dislocations and repair of lacerations) in the emergency department.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Andolfatto, Lions Gate Hospital, Emergency Department

Benefit to the Community: Developing new practices that allow necessary procedures to be performed without causing significant distress to the patient, for the provision of better quality care.

3. 3D Volumeteric Ultrasound Research for Rotator Cuff Injuries.

To evaluate if 3 Dimensional (3D) volume ultrasound is as sensitive when compared to conventional 2D ultrasound and routine MRI.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Simon Bicknell, Lions Gate Hospital, Radiology

Benefit to the Community: If 3D ultrasounds are as accurate as MRIís then the waitlist for rotator cuff injuries could be cut in half and create more efficiencies in the Radiology Department.

4. Peer Support as a Catalyst to Recovery: A Study of Peer Support among Persons with Mental Illness.

Principal Investigator: Tanya Wrobleski, Community Psychiatric Services, Coastal HSDA.

Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Melinda Suto, UBC Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Sciences

In conjuction with: North Shore Community Psychiatric Services (NSCPS) and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

Benefit to the Community: To provide experimental evidence that Peer Support Workers provide a meaningful role and that Peer Support Programs reduce stigma both within the mental health care system and within the community at large.

5. Double-Blind, Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial of Cranberry Products in the Prevention of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in Children.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Lynn Stothers, Bladder Care Centre, UBC Hospital.

In conjunction with: Department of Urologic Sciences, UBC

Benefit to the Community: To determine whether daily consumption of cranberry product can reduce the incidence of urinary tract infections in children who experience recurrent urinary tract infections.

6. Adolescents’ Understanding of Depression and their Help-Seeking Behaviors

Principal Investigator: Dr. James Frankish, PH.D

In conjunction with: UBC, Institute of Health Promotion Research

Benefit to the Community: To explore adolescents’ understanding of depression and the pathways they take to cope with depression. This information is relevant to planning programs that young people can relate to and schools could create the kind of services that youth will remain connected to.

7. Psychological Resilience and Well-Being of Spousal Caregivers of Persons with Dementia.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Normand O’Rourke

In conjunction with: Simon Fraser University, Department of Gerontology

Benefit to the Community: To provide caregivers with the tools and resources to be more psychologically resilient to the distress associated with caring for persons with dementia.

8. A Randomized Prospective Trial Comparing a Sliding Hip Screws to a Calcar Replacement Hemiarthroplasties in Treatment of Unstable Intertrochanteric Hip Fractures.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Keith Stothers, Department of Orthopaedics

In conjunction with: Providence Health Care

Benefit to the Community: To study and improve the treatment of hip fractures that are occurring in epidemic proportions and account for 30% of all fracture related hospitalizations.

9. Mother-Infant Wellness Project

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sheila R. Woody

In conjunction with: UBC, Department of Psychology

Benefit to the Community: The objectives of this project are to document the prevalence, course and content of new mothers' intrusive thoughts of harm about their infant, and to investigate maternal behavioural responses to the thoughts with an eye toward developing evidence-based guidelines for care of these mothers.
Mother-Infant Wellness Project Final Report.

10. Evaluating community-based efforts to reduce bully-victim problems. It takes a whole village to raise a child.

rincipal Investigator: Dr. Shelley Hymel, UBC

Special Millennium "Bullying Study" Research Grant awarded
Below are links to two of Dr. Hymel's papers on her work:

Peer Contributions to Bullying in Schools: Examining Student Response Strategies

"Bullying as a Normal Part of School Life": Early Adolescents' Perspective on Bullying and Peer assessment.

Click here to see a copy of the North Shore News article printed January 11, 2002 on Dr. Hymel's work..