New Research

New studies and articles on research-related topics.

Seminar a success! The Problem of Pain in Persons with Dementia: The Challenges of Assessment and Management

The deVeber Institute presents an Educational Series on Palliative Care

The Problem of Pain in Persons with Dementia:

The Challenges of Assessment and Management

Held on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014   12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Participants explored the following topics:

The Ethics of Pain Management in Long-Term Care

Collaborative Care: “Standard Care versus Nice to Have”

Barriers and Challenges:

New Chilean study finds education, not abortion, decreases maternal deaths in the developing world

A thorough analysis of over 50 years of excellent maternal mortality data from the nation of Chile has revealed that the most important factor in reducing maternal mortality is the educational level of women. Educating women enhances a woman’s ability to access existing health care resources and directly leads to a reduction in her risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth.

For complete article: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0036613

Abortion raises risk of mental health problems by 81%

In the largest study of its kind researchers have concluded that women having abortions experience an 81% increased risk of mental health problems.

Published in the prestigious British Journal of Psychiatry, it also found almost 10% of all mental health problems are shown to be directly linked to abortion.

Separate effects were calculated based on the type of mental health outcome with the results revealing the following: the increased risk for anxiety disorders was 34%; for depression it was 37%; for alcohol use/abuse it was 110%, for marijuana use/abuse it was 220%, and for suicide behaviours it was 155%.


This new meta-analysis, conducted by Priscilla K. Coleman
from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA, is based on 22 published studies. Only the strongest studies were included, with a combined number of participants totalling over 850,000.

Read the complete article here.

Proposal for Integrated Palliative Care

An original report, submitted to the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care.  

Prepared by Aaron Mix-Ross, BA,  L.L.. Barrie deVeber, MD, FRCP(C) and Jean Echlin, RN, MScN.

Executive Summary

Resources for Pregnant Women, Single Mothers, and Parenting Students on University Campuses in Canada

The deVeber Institute's nationwide study of resources available to pregnant and parenting students on university campuses in Canada.  Report attached.