Community Health & Epidemiology Seminar Series - Dr. Gabriela Ilie - "Prostate Cancer - Patient Empowerment Program (PC-PEP): Addressing the Multi-dimensional Needs of Men Diagnosed and Surviving Prostate Cancer"

Abstract:  A Maritime-wide study of over 400 prostate cancer survivors who completed a comprehensive on-line quality of life survey showed a high percentage of these men reported urinary symptoms, sexuality/intimacy concerns, isolation, insomnia, and many other health problems.  Of grave concern, among them, 17% screened positive for clinical depression or anxiety – yet very few were on medication to address these mental health issues. Fewer than 20% have ever attended a prostate cancer support group. To address these many issues directly, with the endorsement of physicians and patients attending our reginal PC integrative care conference (April 2018) and expanding on pre-habitation (pre-surgery) science, we created a Patient Empowerment Program (PEP) to be delivered from day one of diagnosis, to educate and teach the men and partners life skills/habits which are aimed to improve their fitness levels and quality of life, and to decrease treatment related side effects. This seminar provides an overview of the variables, data collected, and results during a study assessing PC-PEP’s feasibility.

Biography:  Dr. Ilie's research examines the needs and challenges of men diagnosed with prostate cancer and provides a picture of the quality of life implications associated with various forms of contemporary prostate cancer treatment.  Dr. Ilie came to Dalhousie from St. Michael’s Hospital and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health where she proved herself a rising star and with a very strong starting trajectory for becoming an accomplished and internationally recognized scholar. Dr. Ilie published over 23 papers in the past three years (total impact factor: 100; 2405 citations), nine in 2016 alone (8 as first and corresponding author, total impact factor: 17.13). This work appeared in highly ranked journals such as the Journal of American Medical Association, Journal of Psychiatric Research, British Medical Journal Open, Journal of Neurosurgery, Psychological Science, and Journal of Public Health. As of March 2019, and since 2014 her H-index and i10-index are 16 and 24, respectively. Dr. Ilie has presented at numerous world congresses (as podium and invited opening talks) including the World Congress of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Canadian Urologic Association (CUA), and Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO). Another area of Dr. Ilie’s research explores how technology can be leveraged to enable implementation and sustainability of innovative models of patient education and patient empowerment as a means to support health system transformation. She is currently working with various collaborators in developing and evaluating new technologies, most notably the electronic mobile applications and existing platforms for collecting patient reported outcomes and is adapting Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) existing frameworks to support the implementation of these new and existing technologies here in the Maritimes. 


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