For every one NHL player who suffers a concussion in sport, more than 5,500 Canadian women sustain the same injury from domestic violence.
The Research and Prevention session featured reports from three different researchers. It began with an overview of the national environmental scan conducted by the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH, 2020). This research surveyed 22 stakeholders in four provinces and conducted a focused literature review. Both survey results and literature findings signaled a need for greater integration of brain injury, mental health, and addiction services as key to improving care and patient outcomes. The report’s survey respondents identified unmet needs, including limited funding or budget and associated resource impacts, timeliness to treatment, and patient access to treatment. Many of the barriers to treatment are structural, related to the siloed organization of many health and social services.
Dr Julia Schmidt reported on her research that examined the significant impact on self-identity after brain injury and the need for counselling support.
Dr Paul van Donkelaar and Karen Mason reported on the number of women who have sustained a traumatic brain injury because of domestic (intimate partner) violence. Many of these women and their partners are living with the intersections of mental health and/or addiction challenges.