UBC Nursing prof receives CIHR support for COVID-19 research project

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A research project co-led by Saima Hirani, a professor in the UBC School of Nursing, has been awarded funding through a Canadian Institutes of Health Research program aimed at "[further improving] our understanding of COVID-19 and [tackling] persistent evidence gaps linked to this disease."

The project, titled "Short and Long Term impact of COVID-19 on mental health and wellbeing of health workers in Pakistan", aims to develop resources to support the mental wellbeing of health workers at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Pakistan and to assess their impact on the mental health burden of those workers over a six-, 12- and 24-month period.

The "[r]esults and lessons learned will be shared with local and global communities and leaders in an effort to mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health of health workers," according to the project summary.

“I congratulate the successful research teams, whose work will address the most pressing COVID-19 issues facing Canadians and the world today," said the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canada’s Minister of Health, in the Government of Canada's release. "The new research will help inform and accelerate our efforts to improve the health of all populations.”

Six projects led by UBC researchers were awarded a total of $1.9 million. For more information, please see the announcement on the UBC Research + Innovation website.

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