New concussion tool for working adults, data visualizations, Safe Kids Week

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June 26, 2019


Funding to research an exercise program to prevent falls in older adults


Megan Oakey is part of a team that received funding from Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) to research whether physiotherapy coaching and Fitbits can help older adults complete strength and balance exercise programs designed to prevent falls.


The team includes collaborators from UBC, Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, Simon Fraser University, and Arthritis Research Canada, was awarded $500,000 over three years through the MSFHR Implementation Science Team Project grant. 


Megan is the Provincial Manager of the Injury Prevention Program with Population and Public Health at the BC Centre for Disease Control and member of the BCIRPU.


Learn more about the project on our website.


Preventing falls in children and youth: Safe Kids Week


This year's Safe Kids Week took place June 3-9 and focused on preventing harm from children’s falls in the home and at play. A BC-specific social media toolkit was distributed to our injury prevention partners; thank you to those who shared the statistics and messages.


Dr. Ian Pike shared Safe Kids Week messaging with the media in early June: 


Global Morning News

CKNW Radio (John Daly Show, ~16:00)



New concussion toolkit for working adults


We recently launched a new concussion toolkit for working adults to help them navigate their injury and offer guidance for a safe return to work.


CATT for Workers and Workplaces consists of free online resources including an e-learning course and associated materials that workers, their families, and workplaces can use to navigate the return to work process after sustaining a concussion.


“Every concussion experience is unique," says Dr. Shelina Babul. "The tool helps the individual recognize a concussion and outlines a step-by-step strategy to help them safely work toward resuming full duties. This will also help employers support their employees throughout the return to work process and prevent further injury.”


Learn more at




New data visualizations available


Interactive data visualization tools are now available to accompany our Injury Data Online Tool (iDOT).


View the visualization on emergency data from BC Children's Hospital

View the visualization on concussion emergency room visits

View the visualization on mortality data
View the visualization on injury-related hospitalizations



We need your purple caps!


Our annual CLICK for Babies campaign has started: the aim is to raise awareness of the Period of PURPLE Crying® to reduce shaken baby syndrome and other forms of infant abuse.


Drop off your knitted/crocheted newborn baby caps (at least 50% purple in soft washable new yarn, with a circumference of 14 inches and a height of 6 inches) between now and Friday, September 27, 2019. These will be given to all new BC parents during the months of November and December along with PURPLE educational materials.
For more information, check out or contact or at 604-875-2000 ext. 5100.


Injuries in the built environment 


The Child Active Transportation Safety and the Environment (CHASE) study team had their first publication published in early June. 


Consisting of researchers from across Canada including BCIRPU, the study team aims to look at how the built environment influences active transportation (walking, cycling) and injury among Canadian children and youth (Calgary, Toronto, Peel, Vancouver and Montreal). 


Learn more about the CHASE study and read the publication in BMC Public Health



Recent publications


Bauer ME, Brussoni M, Giles AR, Fuselli P. Safe Kids Week: Analysis of gender bias in a national child safety campaign, 1997–2016. Injury Prevention. 2019 Mar 21;25:104-109. LINK


Hagel BE, Macpherson A, Howard A, Fuselli P…Pike I, Russell K, Torres J, Voaklander D, Embree T, Hubka T. The built environment and active transportation safety in children and youth: A study protocol. BMC Public Health. 2019 Jun 11; 19:728. LINK


Ishikawa T, Masse LC, Brussoni M. Changes in parents’ perceived injury risk after a medically-attended injury to their child. Prev Med Rep. 2019 Mar; 13: 146–152. Published online 2018 Dec 18. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.12.008. LINK 


Rajabali F, Zheng A, Turcotte K, Zhang LR, Kao D, Rasali D, Okay M, Pike I. The association of material deprivation component measures with injury hospital separations in British Columbia, Canada. Injury Epidemiology. 2019 Jun 10; 6:20. LINK


Smith J, Pike I, Brussoni M, Tucker L, Masse L, Mah JWT, Boudreau A, Mount D, Bonaguro R, Glegg S, Amed S. Mixed methods study exploring parent engagement in child health research in British Columbia. BMJ Open 2019;9:e025404. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025404. LINK



Staff updates


We would like to welcome all of our summer students to the BCIRPU! They are working on a variety of projects, including recreational boating safety, the Period of PURPLE Crying® program, Preventable, and road safety.


Dian Leung, research assistant at the BCIRPU, has accepted a new position with the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute. Dian has been a vital part of the BCIRPU team since 2007, providing support to the Unit and its various activities and committees. Dian was formally recognized for her contributions with a UBC President's Staff Award in 2014. She will be missed. Thank you and best wishes, Dian! 




Webinar series


On Thursday, July 25, Frances MacDougall will discuss research on burn injuries.


Join us at 1:00 PM PST.



Young drivers


Young, inexperienced drivers under the age of 25 have long been recognized as particularly high-risk road users. We have updated our Injury Insight factsheet on young drivers. 


View the factsheet and other Injury Insights on our website.




Parents' perception of risk of injury


New research from PhD candidate Takuro Ishikawa and Dr. Mariana Brussoni looked at parents’ perceived risk of injury after their child was treated for an injury.


The research, published in Preventative Medicine Reports, found that perception of risk initially increased after injury but decreased as the year progressed.


This work was profiled in a recent Q&A with Tak on the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute website.



Media highlights


Cop cutout used to deter speeders — but there's a catch
Ian Pike, CBC The National, Apr 26.


Making playgrounds a little more dangerous
Mariana Brussoni, The New York Times, May 10.


Estudos contrariam pais superprotetores e sugerem parquinhos 'perigosos' a crianças

Mariana Brussoni, (Brazil), June 1.


Safe Kids Week: Preventing falls at home
Ian Pike, Global Morning News, June 7.


From obesity to allergies, outdoor play is the best medicine for children

Mariana Brussoni, The Conversation, June 11.


Bike helmet legislation
Shelina Babul, CKNW, June 18.





What we're reading


Below are some injury prevention updates from across BC and Canada.


Road Safety


Reports: Motor Vehicle and Motorcyclist Deaths (BC Coroners Service) LINK


Vancouver council unanimously supports 30km/h speed-limit pilot project (Vancouver Sun) LINK


Pedestrians in low-income areas face higher risk of getting killed or injured in collisions (CBC, Toronto, Dr. Linda Rothman) LINK


Hot weather and car seats (NHTSA) LINK


Suicide and Self-Harm


Parliament passes Charlie Angus's motion to establish national suicide prevention action plan (CBC) LINK


Seniors' Fall Prevention


Home exercise program reduces rate of falling in at-risk seniors (UBC News) LINK




"The Risk: Know the Signs of Concussion" (Government of Ontario, YouTube) LINK




CHIRPP database


CHIRPP is a self-reporting injury surveillance system run by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Through the collection of data from patients/parents in the Emergency Department, CHIRPP provides a current picture of injury occurrence and helps establish priorities for research and intervention. BC Children's Hospital data is accessible from CHIRPP Coordinator Atousa Zargaran.



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