Naomi Zigman-Daniels

BS Psychology, minor Biology, BS Psychology, minor Biology

Affiliations: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering,

Clinical Research Assistant, Clinical Research Assistant

Research Interests:

I am particularly interested in assistive and rehabilitative technology, as well as advocacy and access to healthcare.

Brief Bio:

Naomi is passionate about looking at methods of adopting new technological and research advances to increase accessibility in healthcare and daily living experiences. Naomi is a health-focused collaborative researcher who focuses on using accessible language and design. She prioritizes collaboration and work on overcoming biases to help connect patients in underserved demographics with high-quality and culturally-appropriate care. In her prior work, she has coordinated studies and served as a research assistant in creating and bringing assistive devices to clinical trial, helping assess novel treatments for mental and physical conditions, and working on novel imaging techniques for animal models.

Capstone Project:

Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in children worldwide. In Canada, 45% of children live more than an hour away from paediatric trauma centers and are more likely to present to general emergency departments without paediatric expertise when injured. Recent studies have shown that children living far from paediatric trauma centers often have worse outcomes compared to children that present directly to these centers. These studies have also demonstrated practice variation at general EDs when managing pediatric trauma.

Our Capstone project focused on addressing practice variation in the management of paediatric trauma patients at Ontario general EDs, to ensure that optimal care is received regardless of geographical location. In our journey, we have identified that a lack of human and physical resources, communication issues, complicated transfer processes and knowledge gaps contribute to practice variation for pediatric trauma management in Ontario. We developed a rigorous research protocol to assess the needs, pertaining to each of these categories, for providers treating paediatric trauma patients at general EDs in Ontario. In addition, the needs assessment will give insight into the knowledge transfer needs and preferences of these health care providers. This will help confirm the pertinence of implementing the PedsPac, a co-created knowledge transfer tool we identified, at Ontario general EDs.

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