Research Report

January is a good time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. 2020 was a very productive year for research at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and in the Department of Family Medicine as a whole. We welcomed Dr. Jane Thornton as a new faculty member in the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine.

We are always interested in hearing about research accomplishments from Department of Family Medicine members. Please email Maureen Kennedy with your news about research in the Department.

This month, we congratulate Dr. Stewart Harris on 25 years of service at Western and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

Here are recent grants awarded and papers published:

Grant Funding

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Mathews, Dr. Jane Thornton and Dr. Rob Petrella for their recent new grant funding.

Title: Management of Patients with Chronic Disease
Principal Investigator: Maria Mathews
Co-Investigators: Mark Goldszmidt, Andrew Appleton, Bridget Ryan, Eric Wong
Granting Agency: Western Strategic Support for CIHR Success Grant Seed Grant, Western University
Duration: 2 years (2021-2023)
Amount: $24,632 

Title: Novel uses of technology for individuals with mild to moderate hip or knee osteoarthritis: the technology, exercise programming, and activity prescription for enhanced mobility (TEAM) study.
Principal Investigator. Jane Thornton
Granting Agency: AMOSO Innovation
Amount: $138,800

Title: Novel uses of technology for individuals with mild to moderate hip or knee osteoarthritis: the technology, exercise programming, and activity prescription for enhanced mobility (TEAM) study.
Principal Investigator: Jane Thornton
Granting Agency: Western Strategic Support for CIHR Success Seed Fund (2020) 
Amount: $25,000 

Title: Novel uses of technology for individuals with mild to moderate hip or knee osteoarthritis: the technology, exercise programming, and activity prescription for enhanced mobility (TEAM study) study.
Principal Investigator: Jane Thornton
Granting Agency: Lawson Internal Research Fund (2020) 
Amount: $15,000

Title: Olympic athlete adaptations: developing and disseminating adaptation strategies and resources for resilience and return to sport Collaborator (2020)
Principal Investigator: Angela Schneider
Co-Investigator: Jane Thornton
Granting Agency: SSHRC Individual Partnership Engage Grants (PEG) COVID-19 Special Initiative
Amount: $23,375

Title: Primary Care Masterclass in Sport and Exercise Medicine and Musculoskeletal Health.
Principal Investigator: Jane Thornton
Granting Agencies: Family Medicine Special Project Fund, Citywide Dept of Family Medicine, St Joseph’s Healthcare and Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Amount: $7,500

Title: Joint Management: An Online Web-Based Platform for Individuals with Mild to Moderate Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis.
Principal Investigator: Kristen Barton
Co-Investigator: Jane Thornton
Granting Agency: Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Seed Grant (2020)
Amount: $5,000

Title: Beyond the Medals: A cross-sectional study investigating retired high performance female athletes’ health.
Principal Investigator: Jane Thornton
Co-Investigator: Casey Rosen
Granting Agency: 2020 Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) Researcher/Practitioner Match Grant
Amount: $2,500

Title: UBC’s Remote Communities Drone Transport Initiative (DTI) – Enhancing Equity of Access to Health Services by Use of Bidirectional Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Principal Investigator: Allard M.
Co-Applicants: Caron N, Humber N, Kang D, Lynd L, Mah J, Markham R, McDonald S, Ogilvie G, Pawlovich J, Petrella R, Ratnarajah E, Tham D, Zed P, Zahra M.
Granting Agency: 2020 TD Ready Challenge
Amount: $636,800 (Nov 2020 – Oct 2021)

Title: Clinical Practice Placement Transformation Project – Phase 1 and 2
Principal Investigator: Newton C.
Co-Applicants: Nasmith L, Petrella R, Price M, Scott I, Ashby J, Mackenzie M, Hubinette M, Campbell A, Murphy S, Miller P, Snadden D.
Granting Agency: Strategic Investment Fund
Amount: $78,430 (2018-2019); $126,500 (2019-2021)

Title: Tips, tricks, and beyond: An online teaching course for community physicians
Principal Investigators: Anand M, Buckley H.
Co-Applicants: Petrella R, Shah A, Wallace C, Hubinette M, Newton C, Veerapen K, Armstrong L, Rosborough G, Choa C.
Granting Agency: Strategic Investment Fund
Amount: $56,000 (2021-2023)

Title: Team-Based Primary Care Learning Centres
Principal Investigator: Petrella R, Sidhu R.
Co-Applicants: Mackenzie M, Newton C, Price M.
Agency: British Columbia Ministry of Health
Amount: $4.2M (2020-2023)

Title: Reimaging Sport and Exercise Medicine @ UBC
Principal Investigator: Petrella R.
Co-Applicants: Price M, Koehle M, Brears S, Martin-Ginis K, McCracken R, Boushel R, Murphy S, Prasad N, Carlsten C, Forster B, Campbell K, Babel S, Forwell S, McKenzie D.
Agency: Strategic Investment Fund
Amount: $200,000 (2020-2022)

Title: Adapting an effective health promotion intervention for scale-up: a focus on older adults in receipt of home and community care services
Principal Investigator:  Sims-Gould J.
Co-Applications: Mackey D, Lau E,  Nettlefold L, Bauman A, Reeves P, Petrella R.
Agency: CIHR Operating Grant: Adapt CTM for the home and community care context.
Amount: $69,998 (March 2020)

Recent Publications

Kaneko MOhta R, Vingilis E, Mathews M, Freeman TR. Systematic scoping review of factors and measures of rurality: toward the development of a rurality index for health care research in Japan. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 Jan 4;21(1):9. doi: 10.1186/s12913-020-06003-w. 

Karmali S, Battram DS, Burke SM, Cramp A, Mantler T, Morrow D, Ng, V, Pearson ES, Petrella RJ, Tucker P, & Irwin JD. Clients' and Coaches' Perspectives of a Life Coaching Intervention for Parents with Overweight/Obesity. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. 2020. 18(2), 115-132. DOI: 10.24384/2wjj-py19

Longo CJ, Fitch MI, Loree JM, Carlson LE, Turner D, Cheung WY, Gopaul D, Ellis J, Ringash J, Mathews M, Wright J, Stevens C, D'Souza D, Urquhart R, Maity T, Balderrama F, Haddad E. Patient and family financial burden associated with cancer treatment in Canada: a national study. Support Care Cancer. 2021 Jan 5. doi: 10.1007/s00520-020-05907-x. Epub ahead of print.

Lukewich J, Buote R, Asghari S, Aubrey-Bassler K, Knight J, Mathews M. Adults with diabetes mellitus in Newfoundland and Labrador: a population-based, cross-sectional analysis. CMAJ Open. 2020 Dec 18;8(4):E895-E901. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20190233.

Mathews M, Ryan D, Buote R, Parsons S, Lukewich J. A qualitative study exploring the influence of clinic funding on the integration of family practice nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador. Nurs Open. 2020 Jul;7(4):1067-1073. doi: 10.1002/nop2.477. Epub 2020 Apr 14.

McKinney J, Connelly KA, Dorian P, Fournier A, Goodman JM, Grubic N, Isserow S, Moulson N, Philippon F, Pipe A, Poirier P, Taylor T, Thornton J, Wilkinson M, Johri AM. COVID-19 - Myocarditis and Return-to-play: Reflections and Recommendations from a Canadian Working Group. Can J Cardiol. 2020 Nov 25:S0828-282X(20)31108-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2020.11.007. Epub ahead of print.

Nugent FJ, Vinther A, McGregor A, Thornton JS, Wilkie K, Wilson F. The relationship between rowing-related low back pain and rowing biomechanics: a systematic review. Br J Sports Med. 2021 Jan 4:bjsports-2020-102533. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2020-102533. Epub ahead of print.

Pace R, Harris S, Parry M, Zaran H; Transformation of Indigenous Primary Healthcare Delivery (FORGE AHEAD) Program Collaborators. Primary and Secondary Cardiovascular Prevention Among First Nations Peoples With Type 2 Diabetes in Canada: Findings From the FORGE AHEAD Program. CJC Open. 2020 Jul 9;2(6):547-554. doi: 10.1016/j.cjco.2020.07.004

Pearson E, Prapavessis H, Higgins C, Petrella R, White L, Mitchell M. Adding team-based financial incentives to the Carrot Rewards physical activity app increases daily step count on a population scale: a 24-week matched case control study. Int J B ehav Nutr Phys Act. 2020 Nov 19;17(1):139. doi: 10.1186/s12966-020-01043-1.

Puchalski Ritchie LM, van Lettow M, Makwakwa A, Kip EC, Straus SE, Kawonga H, Hamid JS, Lebovic G, Thorpe KE, Zwarenstein M, Schull MJ, Chan AK, Martiniuk A, van Schoor V. Impact of a tuberculosis treatment adherence intervention versus usual care on treatment completion rates: results of a pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial. Implement Sci. 2020 Dec 11;15(1):107. doi: 10.1186/s13012-020-01067-y.

Rodrigues M, Wiener JC, Stranges S, Ryan BL, Anderson KK. The risk of physical multimorbidity in people with psychotic disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Psychosom Res. 2021 Jan;140:110315. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2020.110315. Epub 2020 Nov 24.

Thornton JS, Caneiro JP, Hartvigsen J, Ardern CL, Vinther A, Wilkie K, Trease L, Ackerman KE, Dane K, McDonnell SJ, Mockler D, Gissane C, Wilson F. Treating low back pain in athletes: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med. 2020 Dec 21:bjsports-2020-102723. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2020-102723. Epub ahead of print.

Zwarenstein M, Howie A. Blinding, pragmatism, and the PRECIS-2 tool for designing and assessing randomized trials. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2021 Jan 4. doi: 10.1007/s00228-020-03078-6. Epub ahead of print.