Title

The Social and Material Factors Affecting Access to Healthcare in Windsor Essex

Prize Winner

People's Choice Award

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Type of Proposal

Oral Presentation

Start Date

23-3-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

23-3-2018 10:20 AM

Location

Alumni Auditorium A

Faculty

Faculty of Nursing

Faculty Sponsor

Maher El-Masri

Abstract/Description of Original Work

The purpose of this study is to determine the social and material factors that affect an individual’s access to healthcare in Windsor-Essex County. These include factors such as distance to primary health care provider, average household income, level of education, and cultural and religious background. These potential barriers to healthcare may influence factors such as non-urgent emergency department visits, hospitalization, and timely access to primary care. A group of nursing students administered approximately 800, 42-question anonymous self-report surveys to study participants in the waiting rooms of the emergency departments (ED) of two local area hospitals. Participants eligible for the study included people at least 18 years of age, fluent in English language in both writing and comprehension, and deemed cognizant by the research assistant. Patients were excluded from the study if the research assistant determined the patient had a life-threatening condition or visible severe pain. The nursing students are currently preparing to analyze the data collected in the 42-question survey. Participants’ responses to each of the questions are being recorded in an electronic statistical database created by the students. After all the data is recorded, the students will then perform analysis under the guidance of their mentor Dr. Maher El-Masri. Through participation in this research, the students have gained an appreciation for the complexity of research planning and conduct, and have made valuable observations of the importance of research for informed decision-making in nursing.

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Mar 23rd, 9:00 AM Mar 23rd, 10:20 AM

The Social and Material Factors Affecting Access to Healthcare in Windsor Essex

Alumni Auditorium A

The purpose of this study is to determine the social and material factors that affect an individual’s access to healthcare in Windsor-Essex County. These include factors such as distance to primary health care provider, average household income, level of education, and cultural and religious background. These potential barriers to healthcare may influence factors such as non-urgent emergency department visits, hospitalization, and timely access to primary care. A group of nursing students administered approximately 800, 42-question anonymous self-report surveys to study participants in the waiting rooms of the emergency departments (ED) of two local area hospitals. Participants eligible for the study included people at least 18 years of age, fluent in English language in both writing and comprehension, and deemed cognizant by the research assistant. Patients were excluded from the study if the research assistant determined the patient had a life-threatening condition or visible severe pain. The nursing students are currently preparing to analyze the data collected in the 42-question survey. Participants’ responses to each of the questions are being recorded in an electronic statistical database created by the students. After all the data is recorded, the students will then perform analysis under the guidance of their mentor Dr. Maher El-Masri. Through participation in this research, the students have gained an appreciation for the complexity of research planning and conduct, and have made valuable observations of the importance of research for informed decision-making in nursing.