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Lianne McLeod, Lalita Bharadwaj, Tasha Epp, Cheryl L Waldner
Groundwater drinking water supply surveillance data were accessed to summarize water quality delivered as public and private water supplies in southern Saskatchewan as part of an exposure assessment for epidemiologic analyses of associations between water quality and type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Arsenic in drinking water has been linked to a variety of chronic diseases and previous studies have identified multiple wells with arsenic above the drinking water standard of 0.01 mg/L; therefore, arsenic concentrations were of specific interest...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Allen McLean, Nathaniel Osgood, Jill Newstead-Angel, Kevin Stanley, Dylan Knowles, William van der Kamp, Weicheng Qian, Roland Dyck
Public health researchers have traditionally relied on individual self-reporting when collecting much epidemiological surveillance data. Data acquisition can be costly, difficult to acquire, and the data often notoriously unreliable. An interesting option for the collection of individual health (or indicators of individual health) data is the personal smartphone. Smartphones are ubiquitous, and the required infrastructure is well-developed across Canada, including many remote areas. Researchers and health professionals are asking themselves how they might exploit increasing smartphone uptake for the purposes of data collection, hopefully leading to improved individual and public health...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Anita Chakravarti, Mateen Raazi, Jennifer O'Brien, Breanna Balaton
PURPOSE: We describe the need for an anesthesiology resident wellness program (ARWP) and the challenges associated with its development and implementation. We also present the results of a preliminary program evaluation. METHODS: We conducted a needs assessment of Canadian anesthesiology residency programs for a formal ARWP. This endeavor involved both a cross-sectional survey and a focus group of Canadian anesthesiology residency training program directors (PDs)...
February 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Anita Chakravarti, Mateen Raazi, Jennifer O'Brien, Breanna Balaton
Resident and physician health are increasingly recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and its CanMEDS framework as integral to residency training in Canada. Resident stress, burnout, and depression also have implications for patient care. Although curricula have been advocated to promote resident wellness and resilience, no such published curricula exist to guide programs in addressing these needs. The purpose of this article is to describe the curriculum content and delivery of the Anesthesiology Residency Wellness Program (ARWP) at the University of Saskatchewan...
February 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Brenna Bath, Stacey Lovo Grona, Stephan Milosavljevic, Nazmi Sari, Biaka Imeah, Megan E O'Connell
BACKGROUND: Chronic low back disorders (CLBDs) are a substantial burden on individuals and societies, and impact up to 20% of Canadians. Rural and remote residents are approximately 30% more likely to have CLBDs. Reduced access to appropriate team-based health services, including physical therapy, is a key factor that may magnify the impact of CLBD on pain, physical function, overall quality of life, health-related system costs, and individual costs. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this project is to evaluate the validity, comparative effectiveness, costs, barriers, and facilitators of an interprofessional management approach for people with CLBDs, delivered via telehealth...
November 9, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
Vicki Adams
Vicki Adams grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and graduated with a degree in animal science from the University of British Columbia before being accepted into vet school in Saskatchewan. Her animal science background has given her the population perspective that is so important in epidemiology and she now runs her own consulting company, Vet Epi.
August 13, 2016: Veterinary Record
David R Ward, Braden Manns, Sarah Gil, Flora Au, Joanne E Kappel
BACKGROUND: Nephrology was previously identified as a subspecialty with few Canadian employment opportunities, and in recent years, fewer trainees are choosing nephrology. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to better understand the current Canadian adult nephrology workforce and the expected workforce trends over the next 5 years. DESIGN: This is an online self-administered survey. SETTING: This study is set in Canada...
2016: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
Derek J Jorgenson, Eric J L Landry, Katherine J Lysak
Background The Medication Assessment Center is a faculty and student run patient care clinic located within the pharmacy school at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada). It was created as a novel experiential education site for pharmacy students and to provide clinical pharmacist services for complex patients who have trouble accessing services elsewhere. Objective To determine if the clinical services provided by faculty and students at the Medication Assessment Center are valuable to patients who are referred to the program...
August 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Ida-Maisie Famiyeh, Lisa McCarthy
BACKGROUND: Policy-makers and health professionals' views about pharmacist prescribing have been well studied, but less is known about the views of the public and patients. OBJECTIVE: To describe from existing literature the views and experiences of patients as well as the views of the public about pharmacist prescribing. METHODS: Sources: Medline, EMBASE, and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts from inception to November 2015; reference lists of included studies...
January 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
David Nathan Ginther, Sheev Dattani, Sarah Miller, Paul Hayes
OBJECTIVE: Attrition rates in general surgery training are higher than other surgical disciplines. We sought to determine the prevalence with which Canadian general surgery residents consider leaving their training and the contributing factors. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: An anonymous survey was administered to all general surgery residents in Canada. Responses from residents who considered leaving their training were assessed for importance of contributing factors...
May 2016: Journal of Surgical Education
John F Elliott, Mariam Abbas, Peter Hull, Gillian de Gannes, Reza Toussi, Azita Milani
BACKGROUND: Neomycin contact sensitization rates in North America range from 7% to 13%, whereas in Europe they average approximately 1.9%. OBJECTIVES: Given that topical neomycin products are no longer readily available in Canada, the aim of this study was to examine what influence this may have had on neomycin sensitization rates in the 3 western provinces. METHODS: On the basis of an observation originally communicated by L. M. Parsons and C...
September 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Sarah Liskowich, Kathryn Walker, Nicolas Beatty, Peter Kapusta, Shari McKay, Vivian R Ramsden
OBJECTIVE: To develop a framework for a successful rural family medicine training program and to assess the potential for a rural family medicine residency training program using the Weyburn and Estevan areas of Saskatchewan as test sites. DESIGN: A mixed-method design was used; however, the focus of this article was on the qualitative data collected. Questions formulated for the semistructured interviews evolved from the literature. SETTING: Rural Saskatchewan...
July 2015: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
Danielle Robertson-Boersma, Peter Butt, Colleen Anne Dell
What's Your Cap: Know When to Put a Lid on Drinking (WYC) is a student-led and research-based binge-drinking prevention campaign at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. It was formed to encourage a culture of alcohol moderation on the university campus through peer-to-peer engagement that emphasizes promotional items and activities of interest to students. Since its development in 2011, WYC has been guided by a logic model that promotes: 1) perceived and actual student drinking norms on campus; 2) benefits of a student-led initiative; and 3) merits of working with community partners...
September 2015: Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
Arlene Kent-Wilkinson, Marie Dietrich Leurer, Janet Luimes, Linda Ferguson, Lee Murray
BACKGROUND: For over 15 years the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan has facilitated study abroad clinical placements in a number of countries to enhance student learning. Nursing students often find their study abroad experience to be a defining moment in their educational program, and in their personal and professional growth. OBJECTIVES: The main objective of this research was to explore factors influencing nursing students' decisions to study abroad...
August 2015: Nurse Education Today
Kanichiro Matsumura
Changing climatic conditions on seasonal and longer time scales influence agricultural production. Improvement of soil and fertilizer is a strong factor in agricultural production, but agricultural production is influenced by climate conditions even in highly developed countries. It is valuable if fewer predictors make it possible to conduct future projections. Monthly temperature and precipitation, wintertime 500hPa geopotential height, and the previous year's yield are used as predictors to forecast spring wheat yield in advance...
2014: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Amber A P Bacenas, Chelsey A Ricketts, Jonathan Berkowitz, Nadine R Caron
INTRODUCTION: We sought to assess awareness of, exposure to and interest in general practitioner (GP) surgery and enhanced surgical skills (ESS) among family practice residents in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. METHODS: We distributed a survey to all family practice residents at 4 universities in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The survey assessed demographic information, awareness of and exposure to GP surgery or ESS during training, and interest in pursuing formal ESS training...
2015: Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine
Brent Burbridge, Neil Kalra, Greg Malin, Krista Trinder, David Pinelle
PROBLEM: We have found it very challenging to integrate images from our radiology digital imaging repository into the curriculum of our local medical school. Thus, it has been difficult to convey important knowledge related to viewing and interpreting diagnostic radiology images. We sought to determine if we could create a solution for this problem and evaluate whether students exposed to this solution were able to learn imaging concepts pertinent to medical practice. INTERVENTION: We developed University of Saskatchewan Radiology Courseware (USRC), a novel interactive web application that enables preclinical medical students to acquire image interpretation skills fundamental to clinical practice...
2015: Teaching and Learning in Medicine
J M Palomino, M P Cervantes, G Mastromonaco, R J Mapletoft, B Allan, G P Adams
Endemic brucellosis threatens wild herds of wood bison (Bison bison athabascae) in and around Wood Buffalo National Park, the largest genetic reserve of wood bison in the world. The overall goal of our project was to produce and preserve disease-free embryos for the purpose of conserving the genetic diversity of this species. The aim of the present experiment was to determine the effectiveness of washing procedures for removing Brucella bacteria from in vivo-derived wood bison embryos exposed in vitro to the pathogen...
December 2014: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
R Wolf, H W Barkema, J De Buck, K Orsel
Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP), the etiologic agent of Johne's disease, a chronic progressive enteritis, is a common pathogen on dairy farms. Environmental sampling is frequently used to detect MAP-infected herds, because it does not require sample collection from individual animals. The objectives were to determine (1) location-specific odds of MAP-positive environmental sampling results and whether season or herd size affect results; (2) whether season and herd size affect the odds of collection of samples from certain locations; and (3) whether sample-set composition affects the odds of a positive set...
January 2015: Journal of Dairy Science
J M Schurer, K Phipps, C Okemow, H Beatch, E Jenkins
Free-roaming dog populations are a global concern for animal and human health including transmission of infectious disease (e.g. rabies, distemper and parasites), dog bite injuries/mortalities, animal welfare and adverse effects on wildlife. In Saskatchewan (SK), Canada, veterinary care is difficult to access in the remote and sparsely inhabited northern half of the province, where the population is predominately Indigenous. Even where veterinary clinics are readily available, there are important barriers such as cost, lack of transportation, unique cultural perspectives on dog husbandry and perceived need for veterinary care...
September 2015: Zoonoses and Public Health
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