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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New research comparing HIV medications set to change international recommendations

The study found that dolutegravir is the optimal medication for first-line treatment for people newly diagnosed with HIV.
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On-scene care saves more lives than transporting cardiac arrest patients to hospital​

UBC’s Dr. Brian Grunau weighs in on the findings of his new study on treating cardiac arrests.
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Easing restrictions on abortion pill greatly improved access to care in Canada

UBC-led study offers lessons for other nations on deregulating mifepristone
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One quarter of prescription drugs in Canada may be in short supply

New research finds market factors and pricing policies may be to blame.
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Mapping out the health impacts of climate change

The resource represents the first time climate change-related health vulnerabilities have been mapped in B.C.
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Wildfire smoke has immediate harmful health effects

New UBC research finds exposure to wildfire smoke affects the body’s respiratory and cardiovascular systems almost immediately.
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Heat may kill more people than previously reported

Even moderately hot weather may actually be killing thousands, not hundreds as previously reported.
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Cannabis poisonings in children linked with drinking and illicit drug use

A new study looks at cannabis poisoning incidents in children prior to the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada.
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Majority of cannabis use in Vancouver’s DTES for therapeutic purposes, may also reduce opioid overdose risk

Study finds most people at high risk of overdose who use cannabis do so for pain relief and other therapeutic reasons.
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One-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for treating hypertension in pregnancy

New findings will help better understand the risks and benefits of hypertension treatment during pregnancy.
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