DIL Walk Foundation partners on a research initiative targeting health health in the South Asian community
The Faculty of Nursing and the DIL Walk Foundation announced the creation of the faculty's third research chair in 2015, the Guru Nanak Dev Ji DIL (Heart) Research Chair to benefit the study of cardiovascular health in the South Asian population.
As chairholder, cardiovascular nurse scientist Kathryn King-Shier will lead research into heart health for this community, who are at greater risk of heart disease than the general population.
King-Shier has been working with ethnic communities in Calgary and across the country for more than 12 years with a program of research focused on the ethno-cultural and gender differences in cardiovascular disease symptoms, access to care and prevention activities.
As a University of Calgary professor and member of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, King-Shier’s multi-methods approach enables her to examine health issues from a variety of perspectives. She and her research team have developed rigorous translation processes and have therefore been able to undertake studies in eight languages in addition to English.
“With this chair appointment, I can now concentrate on developing effective, ethno-culturally sensitive programs aimed at prevention and management of heart disease,” says King-Shier. “Ultimately, this should reduce the burden of illness on families, promote quality of life and reduce mortality. I am delighted and proud to have the opportunity to apply my research in a very tangible way.”
- Do heart symptoms differ between people of European (White), Chinese and South Asian ethnicities?
- Does the management of a patient’s heart health differ in people depending on their ethnicity?
- Does ethnicity and gender affect the recognition, the acknowledgment, and the process by which a person seeks care for their heart symptoms?
- Does ethnicity and gender influence adherence or non-adherence to taking heart medications?
- How do you learn to accept and manage your high blood pressure?
- Should time orientation be considered in health care provider-patient communication?
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