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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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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Obstetric trauma rates among forceps deliveries on the rise in Canada

The risks could be related to a decline in familiarity with the procedure.
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A decades-long science experiment, with 300,000 volunteers

The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow, co-led by UBC's Trevor Dummer, is amassing a huge data set in the search for disease-causing patterns.
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New online resource seeks to prevent sports injuries

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics Shelina Babul was co-leader of the project.
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