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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.

Current Research Projects

 

1. Hip Fracture Home Support Study.

Hip fracture is the most common traumatic injury of our rapidly growing aging population. We hope to show that telephone support for older adults (60+), after hospital discharge post hip fracture, will encourage home exercise programs, improve function, maintain quality of life and reduce hospital re-admission rates. The study will take place at Lions Gate Hospital where over 300 hip fracture surgeries are performed annually.

Principal Investigator: Dolores Langford, Regional Clincal Resource Physical Therapist

Benefits to the Community: Improved communication from hospital to home, and increased support for older adults after hip fracture. Telephone support will help patient self-management, enhancing the “Home is Best” policy, improving patient care experience, quality of life and independence for these older adults.

 


2. New Needling Techniques for Whiplash Associated Disorder.

Research to study the effectiveness of three needle-based techniques in the treatment of chronic Whiplash Associated Disorder – type 2 (WAD-II). WAD-II is characterized by disability and chronic pain in the absence of structural abnormalities. These patients suffer from damage to soft tissue – muscle, connective tissue and nerve tissue. The pilot study will provide evidence to show that these techniques should be considered as effective options for people suffering from whiplash.

Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Helene Bertrand and Dr. Brenda Lau

Benefits to the Community: Needling techniques will help provide pain relief to patients suffering from chronic whiplash associated disorder and other intramuscular disability.


3. Prevalence of Hypogonadism in Male Palliative Patients.

A large number of male palliative care patients experience depression, fatique, weight loss, lack of appetite, loss of strength and decreased overall quality of life. These symptoms are commonly attributed to the presence of a teminal illness. They may be due in part to low testosterone levels. It is hoped that raising awareness of a potentially treatable cause of these symptoms (i.e. low testosterone levels) would add a treatment option to our currently limited ability to address some of the most debilitating aspects of terminal illness.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul Sugar, Lions Gate Hospital

Benefits to the Community: Palliative care supports patients who are faced with a life-limiting illness and the emphasis of this support lies in symptom management, attempts to reduce suffering and to improve quality of life before death.


4. Laparoscopic Versus Open Colon Surgery at a Community Hospital.

Laparoscopic Colon surgery is a major advancement in surgical care. It has proven to have less postoperative pain, faster recovery, shorter hospital stay and reduced cost to the health care system. The review proposes to study the outcomes of laparoscopic surgeries compared to open surgical techniques.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Richard Lewis, Lions Gate Hospital

Benefits to the Community: Laparoscopic surgeries could become the normal procedure at Lions Gate Hospital, providing the benefits of less postoperative pain, faster recovery, shorter hospital stay and reduced cost to the health care system.