David G. Whitehurst

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Recent Research Projects

Delivery of self-management through a peer-support telehealth intervention in patients with cardiovascular disease: The Healing Circles Project

2015/16-2018/19 • $656,250 • PI,CO,Other
Heart disease is a leading cause of death and disability in Canada. Providing social and peer supports has been proven to help patients manage their health and stay out of the hospital. The use of telehealth has opened up a wider possibility of patients receiving peer support while staying in...

Integrating a quality of life assessment and practice support system in homecare services for older adults with life-limiting illness and their families

2015/16-2018/19 • $656,089 • PI,CO,Other
Older adults who have advancing life-limiting illnesses and who are receiving health care at home often have complex problems that affect both their ability to function and their overall quality of life (QOL). Progress has been made in the managing some aspects of chronic illness, including...

Impacts of City-Wide Bicycle Infrastructure Investment on Population Health & Health Equity

2017/18-2018/19 • $171,360 • PI,CO
Governments are making major investments in transit, cycling, and walking infrastructure to alleviate the pressures of traffic congestion, car pollutant emissions, and population growth. These changes may have lasting impacts on population health. However, these endeavours are costly and require...

Canadian concussion research network and agenda planning meeting

2017/18 • $17,247 • PI,CO,Other
Concussions affect over 3 million people in North America annually yet remain under recognized and poorly understood. The Canadian government has mandated that the Ministers of Health and of Sport and Persons with Disabilities work together to support a national strategy to raise awareness about...

Improving cardiovascular health for Canadians living with spinal cord injury: effects of exercise and targeted education

2011/12-2016/17 • $1,936,138 • PI,CO,Other
Annually, over 1000 Canadians sustain a traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) and unwittingly join more than 41,000 Canadians living with this chronic and debilitating injury. The estimated annual costs of care in Canada exceed $1.5 billion. Recent data reveal that people with SCI are developing...

Impacts of City-Wide Bicycle Infrastructure Investment on Population Health & Health Equity

2016/17 • $100,000 • PI,CO
Governments are making major investments in transit, cycling and walking infrastructure to alleviate the pressures of congestion, emissions, and population growth. These changes may have lasting impacts on population health. However, these endeavours are costly and require strong political will....

Relationship between healthcare service utilization, costs and highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) uptake among HIV-positive persons in British Columbia

2013/14-2015/16 • $151,819 • PI,CO
Although not a cure, present-day HIV medicines commonly referred to as highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has been established globally as an effective therapy for reducing HIV/AIDS-related morbidity and mortality. An emerging body of research suggests that expanding access to HAART...

The use of text messaging to improve the hospital-community transition and prevent readmission in patients with cardiovascular disease (Txt2Prevent)

2013/14 • $79,575 • PI,CO,Other
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death and hospitalizations in Canada. At some point, patients with heart disease will likely end up admitted to a hospital. This can often be a confusing time for patients. After discharge, patients are at a high risk of being readmitted to hospital...

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