Dr. Khrisha Alphonsus is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interest is in the epidemiology of mental health and addiction among vulnerable populations and examining the psychological factors associated with chronic and infectious disease. She uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods to carry out her projects. Her current research is on assessing the sociodemographic factors associated with prescription drug misuse among older adults in Saskatchewan.
Node Funded Project (December 2020)
Title: Sociodemographic factors associated with prescription drug misuse among older adults in Saskatchewan
Principal Investigator: Khrisha Alphonsus, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Barb Fornssler, Dr. Carl D’Arcy, Dr. Cindy Feng
One in four older adults have reported having used psychoactive medications and prescription drugs such as pain relievers, stimulants and sedatives are used excessively among older adults. Lifestyle changes, including early retirement and change in health status are some of the reasons behind mental health problems. Based on the Canadian Institute for Health Information data from 2017, individuals aged 45 years and older had the highest rate of hospitalization due to opioid poisoning. The main objective of this CRISM study are to determine the sociodemographic factors associated with prescription drug misuse and to identify accompanying needs and barriers for people over the age of 50 years affected by addiction in Saskatchewan.