Informed by the community
Our community partners help to inform the research we pursue, from the questions we ask to how we interpret our data. Community members work closely with the research team to develop feasible recruitment and follow-up data collection methods, create and test appropriate data collection instruments, orient new research staff, and troubleshoot research protocols.
A unique clinical setting
The ICHWP research program is embedded within a clinical setting at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. This gives our researchers multiple points of access to community members seeking acute care services, allowing for unique opportunities to study the health needs of patients who use substances. This also offers built-in knowledge translation opportunities, including the development of clinically relevant research questions, the involvement of clinicians in interpreting research findings, and increased capacity for quality improvement for clinical teams.
Our program's main research themes include 1) Harm Reduction in the Hospital and 2) Transitions in Care.