Population Health

With a central focus on patient-centred care and innovative solutions, UBC researchers are committed to improving the health of our communities and access to care – both nationally and globally.

Together with our partners, our researchers are breaking down barriers to care and exploring further treatment and preventative initiatives in areas such as HIV/AIDS, HPV and addictions.

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Prioritizing women’s health

Dr. Deborah Money mentors the next generation of women’s health researchers.
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Convenience and control: Online sexually transmitted infection testing offers many benefits

Online testing removes some of the barriers that prevent people from getting tested while still providing key information about health and wellness, according to users.
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Clearing the air

Matt Wagstaff is helping B.C. communities get the information they need to improve air quality.
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Many Canadians borrowing money to pay for prescription drugs

An estimated 731,000 Canadians have to borrow money in order to pay for drugs prescribed by their physician.
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At least one year between pregnancies reduces risks for mother and baby

Researchers found that getting pregnant less than a year after delivery is associated with risks for women of all ages.
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Teen girls did not engage in riskier sexual activity after HPV vaccine introduced in schools

Researchers find that teen girls did not engage in riskier sexual activity after HPV vaccine introduced in schools.
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Midwifery linked to lower odds of birth complications for low-income women

The researchers looked at records for 58,000 British Columbia women, looking for incidence of small-for-gestational age birth, pre-term birth and low birth weight for low-income women.
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Cannabis use could help people stay on treatment for opioid addiction

Daily use of cannabis was associated with a 21 per cent higher chance of remaining in opioid agonist treatment programs.
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More specialized harm reduction services needed for women who use drugs

Some overdose prevention sites are perceived as "masculine" spaces.
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HPV test better than Pap test at detecting cervical precancer

A study of 19,000 women in British Columbia showed that the HPV test finds precancer sooner.
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