Centre for Studies in Primary Care

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Lawrence Leung


Principal Investigator: Dr. Lawrence Leung, MA, MBBChir, MFM (Clin), CertTransMed DipPractDerm, DCH, MRCGP, FRACGP, FRCGP, CCFP, BChinMed MD (A.M.) GP-R.TCMP GP-R.Ac

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613.533.6000 ext 73927

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Analysis of Alcohol-Related and Illicit Drug-Related Emergency Room Visits from the First Nations Communities in James Bay Area: A 6-Month Prospective Study

Emergency room consults related to the use of alcohol and/or illicit drugs (be it direct or indirect influence) have a high prevalence in the First Nations communities in the James' Bay Area. The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) with the Weeneebayko General Hospital (WGH) on the island of Moose Factory is the designed hub for referral health care, receiving all emergency calls and telephone consultations for the five main coastal communities of Moosonee, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Attawapiskat and Peawanuck. At this time, no formal statistics have ever been compiled for the incidence, prevalence and seasonal trend (if any) of alcohol and/or illicit drug-related emergency room contacts.

The purpose of this study is to explore the incidence, prevalence and time pattern of alcohol-related consultations/admissions as received by the WAHA emergency room services. In particular, data will be collected to analyze if there is a clustered or trended distribution of services rendered (i) during a particular season, (ii) towards any coastal community, (iii) due to particular demographics of the respective population. Our study will provide valuable up-to-date statistics and data to better understand the demand and pattern of alcohol- and substance-related emergency consultations at WAHA to enable cost-effective management and allocation of resources. It is expected that this data will prove useful to each community in understanding the pattern of alcohol- and illicit drug-related visits that come through the emergency room of WGH, so that appropriate allocation of resources and better planning of alcohol- and substance-abuse prevention strategies can be instituted.

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