Saskatchewan

Publication Title: 
Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne De Psychiatrie

BACKGROUND: Research indicates that religion may have a positive effect on coping and possibly enhance clinical outcomes. This study aims to determine the level of religious interest of psychiatric inpatients and to assess whether religious commitment has an impact on selected outcome variables. METHODS: There were 88 consecutive adult patients (50% men) who were admitted to a Canadian tertiary care psychiatry inpatient unit and were interviewed about their religious beliefs and practices. Patients with a Beck Depression score of 12 or more were included for outcome analysis.

Author(s): 
Baetz, Marilyn
Larson, David B.
Marcoux, Gene
Bowen, Rudy
Griffin, Ron
Publication Title: 
Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne De Psychiatrie

BACKGROUND: Research indicates that religion may have a positive effect on coping and possibly enhance clinical outcomes. This study aims to determine the level of religious interest of psychiatric inpatients and to assess whether religious commitment has an impact on selected outcome variables. METHODS: There were 88 consecutive adult patients (50% men) who were admitted to a Canadian tertiary care psychiatry inpatient unit and were interviewed about their religious beliefs and practices. Patients with a Beck Depression score of 12 or more were included for outcome analysis.

Author(s): 
Baetz, Marilyn
Larson, David B.
Marcoux, Gene
Bowen, Rudy
Griffin, Ron
Publication Title: 
The Clinical Journal of Pain

OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of multidisciplinary rehabilitation in the treatment of fibromyalgia in comparison to standard medical care. METHODS: Seventy-nine men and women were randomly assigned to one of two groups. The intervention group consisted of a rheumatologist and physical therapist intake and discharge, 18 group supervised exercise therapy sessions, 2 group pain and stress management lectures, 1 group education lecture, 1 group dietary lecture, and 2 massage therapy sessions.

Author(s): 
Lemstra, Mark
Olszynski, W. P.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine

While massage therapy (MT) is an increasingly used health care service with a growing evidence base, there is insufficient information about the extent to which MT practice is evidence-based. The purpose of this study was to provide a comprehensive view of Saskatchewan MT's research utilization to inform the development of evidence-based massage therapy practice. The main objectives of the study were to describe MT's perceptions of research, their appraised self-efficacy in research literacy and to identify the characteristic of practitioners who use research.

Author(s): 
Gowan-Moody, Donelda M.
Leis, Anne M.
Abonyi, Sylvia
Epstein, Michael
Premkumar, Kalyani
Publication Title: 
Nutrients

BACKGROUND: Low levels of circulating vitamin D are more likely to be found in those with darker skin pigmentation, who live in areas of high latitude, and who wear more clothing. We examined the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and inadequacy in newcomer immigrant and refugee children. METHODS: We evaluated circulating vitamin D status of immigrant children at the national level. Subsequently, we investigated vitamin D intake, circulating vitamin D status, and total body bone mineral content (TBBMC) in newcomer children living in Saskatchewan.

Author(s): 
Vatanparast, Hassanali
Nisbet, Christine
Gushulak, Brian
Publication Title: 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

OBJECTIVE: As the cost of disability from musculoskeletal conditions increases, more attention needs to be directed toward the number of health care practitioners required to effectively treat these problems. This study describes a methodology to estimate the number of chiropractors needed to effectively serve a given population. DATA SOURCES: The data on the utilization of chiropractic services over time comes from the Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Branch.

Author(s): 
Grier, A. R.
Lepnurm, R.
Publication Title: 
Medical Care

BACKGROUND: Neck and low back pain are leading causes of morbidity and health care utilization. However, little is known about the characteristics that differentiate those who seek from those who do not seek health care for their pain. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to: 1) describe health care utilization for neck and back pain; 2) determine the characteristics of individuals seeking health care for neck and back pain; and 3) identify the characteristics of patients who consult medical doctors, chiropractors, or both. DESIGN: Population-based cross-sectional mailed survey.

Author(s): 
Côté, P.
Cassidy, J. D.
Carroll, L.
Publication Title: 
Spine

STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective and prospective cohort. OBJECTIVES: To compare the effectiveness of occupational intervention, early intervention, and standard care in the management of Worker's Compensation injury claims. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The current management of occupational back pain and work-related upper extremity disorders with either standard care or early intervention appears to be ineffective.

Author(s): 
Lemstra, Mark
Olszynski, W. P.
Publication Title: 
Canadian Journal of Public Health = Revue Canadienne De Santé Publique

OBJECTIVES: To examine the changes in health service use by recipients of Family Health Benefits, a supplementary benefits program that was introduced to lower-income, working families in Saskatchewan beginning in July 1998. These benefits reduced or eliminated fees for prescription drugs and for chiropractic, optometric and dental services. METHODS: The study population included program beneficiaries between July 1998 and January 2000.

Author(s): 
Livingstone, Trish
Lix, Lisa
McNutt, Mary
Morris, Evan
Rosenbluth, David
Scott, Doug
Watson, Felecia
Publication Title: 
Medical Care

BACKGROUND: Neck and low back pain are leading causes of morbidity and health care utilization. However, little is known about the characteristics that differentiate those who seek from those who do not seek health care for their pain. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to: 1) describe health care utilization for neck and back pain; 2) determine the characteristics of individuals seeking health care for neck and back pain; and 3) identify the characteristics of patients who consult medical doctors, chiropractors, or both. DESIGN: Population-based cross-sectional mailed survey.

Author(s): 
Côté, P.
Cassidy, J. D.
Carroll, L.

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