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    Overview of CIHRRC Research Activities

    HHR Survey

    Measuring and Modeling Disability, Comorbidities and Rehabilitation among People Living with HIV in Canada: The HIV, Health and Rehabilitation Survey

    Funded by an Operating Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and CIHR Institutes of Infection & Immunity, this research directly builds on the works of the previous CIHR catalyst grant. The purpose of this three year research study is to establish a comprehensive profile of disability experienced by adults living with HIV in Canada and determine how intrinsic and extrinsic contextual factors such as comorbidities, related rehabilitation services use and living strategies influence the disability experience.

    Specific research objectives are:

    1. To determine the profile of (a) disability; (b) comorbidities; (c) rehabilitation service utilization; and (d) living strategies used by adults living with HIV to deal with their health-related challenges;
    2. To characterize the disability experience by determining the relationships between dimensions of disability for adults living with HIV; and
    3. To determine how intrinsic (personal attributes) and extrinsic (social support; stigma) contextual factors influence disability experienced by adults living with HIV.

    This research includes a community-academic-clinical partnership among realize (formerly CWGHR), people living with HIV, university-based researchers (University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Victoria and Dalhousie University), clinicians (Barts and the London NHS Trust), and community agencies (Ontario HIV Treatment Network, AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia, Dr. Peter Centre, Nine Circles Community Health Centre, Toronto People with AIDS Foundation, Casey House and Positive Living Society of British Columbia). The team consists of 19 researchers, clinicians, people living with HIV (PHAs) and representatives from collaborator organizations across Canada and the UK. On Tuesday June 16th, 2015, over 18 HHRS researchers, knowledge users and collaborators met in Toronto to discuss 1) the interpretations of the HHRS analysis to date and; 2) discuss the HHRS knowledge translation strategy. For more information about this study, please contact Melanie Bisnauth (Research Coordinator) at melanie.bisnauth@utoronto.ca or Kelly O’Brien (Principal Investigator) at kelly.obrien@utoronto.ca

    HIV and Rehabilitation: Bridging Policy and Practice: A Policy Analysis of Rehabilitation Services Access between Canada and the UK

    Led by Jacqueline Gahagan (Dalhousie University), and funded by the Research Evidence into Action for Community Health (REACH) Policy Seed Grant, the purpose of this research was to conduct a scoping study of existing HIV rehabilitation policies in Canada and the UK.

    Findings of this study suggest the need for HIV-specific considerations to be maintained in the provision of rehabilitation services due to the myriad of unique issues faced by men and women living longer with HIV in Canada.

    Results from this scoping study were presented at the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) Conference in April 2012. 

    Gahagan J, Ross E, Hill-Mann A, Walker S, Lewellen D. and the HIV and Rehabilitation Policy Research Team (2012). HIV, Chronic Disease, and Rehabilitation in Canada: A Scoping Review of HIV Policy Approaches (P201). Can Journal of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology. 23 (Suppl A) Spring 2012. P Canadian Association for HIV Research Conference, Montreal, Quebec. April 19-22, 2012. Pp99A.

    The complete final report can be accessed online:
    Gahagan J, Ross E, Hill-Mann A, & Lewellen D. (2012) A scan of policies related to access to rehabilitation in Canada and the United Kingdom.  Halifax, Nova Scotia: Department of Health Promotion, Dalhousie University. http://www.catie.ca/sites/default/files/HIV-Rehab-Policy-Scoping-Review-REACH-FINAL.pdf