BCIRPU researchers have received funding to explore how public health policies put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic affected injuries among children and youth.

The one-year project will look at the consequence of quarantine on unintentional injuries at home, during outdoor play and recreational activities, and on the road. Investigators will examine data from British Columbia and Ontario.

“The stay-at-home and public health orders put in place in British Columbia were important in preventing COVID-19 infection,” said Dr. Ian Pike, principal investigator and Director of the BCIRPU. “But we want to know if they affected other areas of health, specifically if it changed how and when kids get hurt.”

The study is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Principal Investigators are: Dr. Ian Pike (UBC), Dr. Shelina Babul (UBC), Pam Fuselli (Parachute), Dr. Alison Macpherson (York), and Dr. Linda Rothman (Ryerson). Co-Investigators are: Megan Oakey, Dr. Andrew Howard, Dr. Shazya Karmali, Dr. Natasha Saunders, and Dr. Naomi Schwartz.

To learn more, visit CIHR’s website.

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