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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Anser Abbas, BSc, DC

  • Program of Study: Clinical Sciences Residency ProgramAnser Abbas
  • Institution: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • Project Title: Low back pain-related disability in elderly patients presenting to CMCC teaching clinics: Feasibility of linking clinical records to the ICF Brief Core Set for Low Back Pain
  • Project Background: Low back pain (LBP) is a leading cause of disability globally. For older adults, personal, psychosocial and environmental factors interact to create a unique experience of LBP-related disability. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) developed by the World Health Organization provides a standardized framework that describes disability from a biopsychosocial perspective. Using the ICF can help standardize the evaluation and reporting of functioning in patients with low back pain. CMCC teaching clinics do not currently use the ICF framework to guide assessment, data collection or management of older adults or other populations with low back pain.  
  • Project Objectives: Our project aims to determine the feasibility of linking electronic health records to the five domains of the ICF framework to describe disability in patients aged 65 and over presenting for a new episode of care for low back pain at CMCC teaching clinics over a 12-month period (01 February 2019 to 31 January 2021).
  • Funding Source: CMCC
  • Supervisor: 
    • Pierre Côté DC, PhD (Ontario Tech University)
  • Committee Members:
    • Silvano Mior DC, PhD, FCCS(C)(Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)
    • Hainan Yu MBBS, MSc (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)