An Evaluation of the Health and Safety Implications of Cannabis Legalization Policies
In collaboration with policy makers, we are conducting a policy evaluation that explores health and safety indicators and outcomes relevant to cannabis use in Newfoundland and Labrador. This policy evaluation uses qualitative and quantitative research and avails of multiple data sources including retail records, enforcement records, administrative health data, social media data, provincial population surveys, and focus groups and interviews.
Patient Preference Weighted Benefit Risk Assessment of Diabetes Medicines
There are numerous medicines available used to treat type 2 diabetes, each of which comes with different benefit-risk profiles. This project seeks to examine how patients values and preferences towards these risk and benefits can support the selection of the right medication for each patient.
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Best Practices for using Discrete Choice Experiments in Benefit Risk Assessment
Discrete choice experiments (DCE) are becoming popular in health care research to capture patient preferences and model choice behavior. However, when it comes to integrating results of these DCEs in quantitative benefit-risk assessment, there is very little published research to support best practices. This projects seeks to support this methodological evidence gap.
Prioritization and Access to Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery is an effective treatment strategy for individuals living with severe obesity (or obesity with other related health conditions). Unfortunately, access is limited and only 1% of the eligible population receive surgery each year, creating growing wait lists across the country. This study seeks to gather patient preferences and opinions regarding an equitable prioritization processes for bariatric surgery wait lists.