Culture and Mental Health Services Research (3 credits)
Kirmayer, Bibeau and Faculty
An integrative seminar on research in cultural and mental health research will be organized with faculty from Anthropology, Bioethics, Epidemiology, Psychiatry, Psychology, Family Medicine, and Social Studies of Medicine. This seminar surveys research in the field to identify new methods and approaches. Topics include: ethnographic research methods; population survey methods for cross-cultural psychiatry; anthropology of psychiatry; ethical issues in cultural psychiatry and mental health research; health policy and cultural psychiatry.
Workshops and short courses
Qualitative Research in Health Care (3 credits)
Groleau and Rodriguez
Discussion and practice of qualitative methodologies for conducting rigorous and reflective qualitative research projects in health care sector including lectures, ethnographic field work, readings, class and community interviews and individual research projects
Quantitative Methods in Culture and Health Services Research
Drapeau and Faculty
Cultural considerations in the design of clinical studies as well as population and community surveys. Defining culture, ërace', ethnicity and related social measures. Sampling strategies for ethnocultural groups. Operationalizing social and ethnocultural variables. Techniques of instrument development and translation. Problems of measurement and levels of psychometric equivalence of instruments across cultures. Statistical methods for cross-cultural comparison. Cultural considerations in the measurement of symptomatology, diagnosis, needs for services, service utilization, functional status, quality of life, and treatment outcome.
Economic Evaluation in Social Psychiatry
This course will equip students to read economic evaluations of interventions in social psychiatry as well as burden-of-illness studies with critical understanding; and provide them with some insight into how to carry out such studies. Topics include: types of economic evaluation (cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis, cost-utility analysis, and cost-minimization analysis); measuring outcomes in psychiatry for integration into economic analyses; calculating unit costs; the distinction between marginal cost and average cost; methods for valuing non-monetized resources such as volunteer time; discounting costs and benefits; and burden-of-illness studies.
Participatory Action Research with Communities
Rousseau, MacCaulay, Corin
This workshop will address: participatory research theory; building and maintaining healthy and respectful partnerships; developing collaborative project strategies from design through dissemination; ownership of research data; maximizing benefits and minimizing community risks; capacity building and sustainability. The workshop will also illustrate how community groups can contribute to the research process and use research results to influence health policies.
Ethical Issues in Multicultural Mental Health Care Research
Turner, Glass, Crépeau, Rousseau, Jarvis
The workshop will train researchers to critically assess the many ethical issues related to the conduct of research and the provision of mental health services in multicultural settings. Trainees will become familiar with core ethical principles and central concepts such as informed consent, confidentiality of research findings, and disclosure of risks and benefits. In addition to becoming familiar with well-established regulatory standards found in the Tri-Council Policy Statement and Helsinki Declaration, trainees will be introduced to emerging frameworks in research ethics, including notions of "community consent" and the need to consider the consequences of research methods and findings for communities. Trainees will be introduced to cultural models of moral deliberation, and encouraged to critically assess the adequacy of existing professional practices and institutional policies.
Innovative Methods for the Dissemination of Research Findings
We will organize a series of workshops to address: (i) preparing presentations and publications for professional audiences; (ii) strategies to maximize the impact of research in the clinical setting; (iii) presenting research results to policy makers; (iv) novel methods for knowledge transfer of research skills and findings to specific users (i.e. use of multimedia, internet, distance learning); (v) innovative strategies to translate research results into useful communications to cultural communities and organizations; (vi) working with video and cinematographers.