Elaine Hyshka is an Assistant Professor in the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health and Scientific Director of the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s Inner City Health and Wellness Program. Dr. Hyshka is an applied health services and policy researcher, focused on generating knowledge to support implementation of a public health approach to substance misuse. Her research is conducted in partnership with a variety of health service providers, advocacy organizations, and decision-makers at the local, provincial, and national level. A major focus of Dr. Hyshka’s research program is conducting research that contributes to new standards of care for people who misuse drugs and alcohol, which are patient-centered, effective and ethical.
Node Funded Project (April 2016)
Title: Implementing harm reduction services in acute care: patient and health care provider experiences
Principal Investigator: Elaine Hyshka, University of Alberta
Dr. Ginetta Salvaggio, University of Alberta
Dr. Katherine Dong, University of Alberta
Dr. Lara Nixon, University of Calgary
Dr. Hyshka is recipient of a CRISM seed grant entitled ‘Implementing harm reduction services in acute care: patient and health care provider experiences’. The purpose of the project is to describe one of Canada’s first beside needle and syringe programs for acute care inpatients who inject drugs, and generate evidence to enhance this program’s delivery.
- Hyshka, E., Morris, H., Anderson-Baron, J., Nixon, L., Dong, K., & Salvalaggio, G. (2019). Patient perspectives on a harm reduction-oriented addiction medicine consultation team implemented in a large acute care hospital. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 204, 107523.
- Brooks HL, Salvalaggio G, Pauly B, Dong K, Bubela T, Taylor M, Hyshka E. (2022). “I have such a hard time hitting myself, I thought it’d be easier”: perspectives of hospitalized patients on injecting drugs into vascular access devices. Harm Reduct J. 19(1):54. doi: 10.1186/s12954-022-00637-1.