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Media Highlights: Fall 2018

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Pedestrian fatalities increase on Halloween, particularly among children

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An article published in the JAMA Pediatrics in October, led by CHÉOS’ Dr. John Staples, received considerable media attention. Following a press release, the article was covered by over 70 news outlets, including The Washington PostReuters, and ScienceDaily.

Half of patients in emergency have sought medical care elsewhere first
In an article from The Daily Scan, Dr. Rita McCracken, a CHÉOS Scientist, discussed a recently published study on people’s choices to go to the emergency department for non-emergencies. The study found that close to 90 per cent of those surveyed at St. Paul’s Hospital felt that the emergency department was the best place for them to receive the care they needed.

How are British Columbians Accessing Primary Care?
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Dr. Rita McCracken was interviewed on CBC Radioabout the findings of the B.C. Models and Access Atlas of Primary Care (MAAP) study. She appeared on the Early Edition, On the Island, and Daybreak in Kamloops, Kelowna, and Prince George.

‘It’s tough for heart failure patients to go home’: TEC4Home improves patient care, expands clinical trials
PHC News reported on a study that is providing patients that have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and discharged home with a scale, blood pressure cuff, finger clip to measure heart rate and blood oxygen levels, and a tablet to answer symptom-related questions. CHÉOS Scientists Dr. Ehsan Karim and Hubert Wong provided study support for the TEC4Home project and CHÉOS Programmer Mr. Victor Trot contributed as well.

Foundry Kelowna celebrates one year after opening
Foundry is a province-wide network of integrated, one-stop-shop, health and social services facilities for young people with mental health issues. The one-year anniversary of the Kelowna location was covered by Kelowna Daily Courier, Kelowna Now, and Castanet.

Million Dollar Med$
A project involving CHÉOS’ Dr. Larry Lynd received some media attention recently when a townhall event was held to raise awareness about rare diseases and orphan drug pricing. Dr. Lynd was quoted in a story appearing in The Star Vancouver.

Angel’s cradles in the news

CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Geoffrey Cundiff, who was recently named the president of the American Urogynecologic Society, has been a constant advocate of angel’s cradles, a program which allows mother to anonymously leave a baby at a hospital to ensure safe child care. Dr. Cundiff was quoted in a story about these programs in CBC News and News 1130.

Fall prevention program developed from Research Challenge project

A volunteer-based program to prevent and reduce falls at Holy Family Hospital began as a Research Challenge project and was supported by research support staff at CHÉOS. The success of this novel program was recently featured by the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.

CHÉOS in the Daily Scan
The Daily Scan is a new website launched by Providence Health Care as a central publishing point for stories about research around PHC. In the past few months, research from Drs. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, Joseph Puyat, and Josie Geller has been covered.