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Recap of Rehab Research Participant Appreciation Event, September 27th
On September 27, the 9 UBC faculty in the Rehab Research Program of the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute hosted a Research Participant Appreciation Event at the GF Strong Rehab Centre. Over 80 people attended – most had participated in multiple studies as research subjects, in addition to playing key roles in consumer working groups or as consumer reps on research advisories. Participants enjoyed interactive exhibits from faculty and trainees on current research. Patient-engagement lead, Colleen McGavin had opportunity to address the research participants and thank them for their efforts which have helped to develop new treatments and health-care resources for people.
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Our annual Research Day will be on May 9, 2018!
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Recap of Open House Tuesday, November 29
Written by: Matthew Querée, Rehab Research Lab
The Rehabilitation Research Program (www.rehabresearchprogram.com) recently hosted an Open House at their lab in the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, British Columbia’s largest rehabilitation facility providing inpatient and outpatient clinical and support services. Faculty and Graduate students showcased their research in Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Concussion, Robotics, and Assistive Technologies to approximately 100 clinicians, researchers and members of the community.
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Thank you to all who attended our presentations this year:
“Informal Labour in the Medical Tourism Industry: The Roles and Responsibilities Taken on by Canadian Medical Tourists’ Friends and Family”
UBC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Visiting Scholar Lecture
Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University
DATE: Thursday January 26th 2017
PLACE: Department of OS&OT Lab 4,
3rd Floor, UBC Hospital Koerner Pavilion
When people pay privately for and privately arrange health care in another country, they are taking part in what is popularly known as medical tourism. Often reported as a multi-billion dollar sector, the global medical tourism ‘industry’ relies heavily on the unpaid and typically unskilled labour of the friends and family who accompany these patients abroad. In effect, they are shadow workers in an industry that thrives on their unpaid work. In this presentation I will critically examine the roles and responsibilities taken on by this group of informal caregivers—and particularly while they are abroad in unfamiliar settings and far removed from their own personal support networks—and will conclude by offering recommendations for ways to protect their health and safety.
Valorie Crooks is a Professor in the Department of Geography, SFU, and Canada Research Chair in Health Service Geographies. A health geographer by training, Dr. Crooks is interested in the spatial and place-based dimensions of health and health care. She has an ongoing interest in understanding lived experiences of accessing needed/wanted health and social care services. Because of this experiential focus, she primarily engages in non-hypothesis-testing qualitative research, or leads qualitative components of mixed-methods studies. Her research interests are best characterized by four areas of inquiry: (1) disability and chronic illness; (2) primary health care; (3) palliative health and social care; and (4) medical tourism.