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VCH Research Institute's monthly health research update.
Issue 51 August 2019

Answers at any time: new online education helps hip surgery patients find information on the road to recovery

A year and a half ago, Kevin Reinelt, a 60-year-old martial arts instructor from Port Coquitlam, was afraid of losing his livelihood due to worsening osteoarthritis in his hips. Reinelt says hip replacement became his only option. When researchers asked if he would participate in a study to help design online delivery of prehabilitation education, he didn’t hesitate. 

I say yes  

to participating because I'd like to help other people coming down this path behind me to have a better experience.
– Kevin Reinelt, Port Coquitlam


Opportunity to Participate in Research

Can speech and eye-movement monitoring be used for early detection of dementia?

This study aims to discover if eye tracking technology and natural language processing can assist with early detection of dementia and help monitor disease progression over time.

Is a French cognitive screening tool as effective in English?

This study aims to validate the English version of a French cognitive screening tool, the DCQ, which has been shown to provide more detailed information about memory and thinking skills.

Can we determine levels of perceived eHealth literacy among those with spinal cord injury?

This study aims to determine the level of self-perceived eHealth literacy among the spinal cord injury community.

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Helpful tips to prepare for hip replacement surgery

by Dr. Marie Westby
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Educate yourself
by attending available education sessions with a family member or friend. Use reputable websites such as and for more information.
Stay as active as possible
and do any recommended strengthening exercises for at least 8 weeks before surgery. Stronger muscles will help your recovery. 
Prepare your home. Have walking aids and equipment in place and practice using it before surgery, prepare or arrange meals, and have family or friends lined up to help.


Upcoming Events

Men's Wellness Fair

Learn about programs and services aimed at supporting the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health of men in our communities. Learn more.

Date August 17, 2019
Location Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
800 East Broadway, Vancouver

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Group

Come share your experiences and struggles living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn's or colitis, in a friendly, supportive group. Learn more

Date August 21, 2019
Location Gastrointestinal Society
Suite 231, 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver
Administration Office
6/F, 2635 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Phone: 604.875.JOIN (5646)
Fax: 604.875.4900
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