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Below, please find information about Dr. Ijaz’s current/ongoing projects. Information about her previous research may be found at Publications and CV.
Statutory Regulation of Traditional and Complementary Medicine Professions
Dr. Nadine Ijaz is currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, along with Dr. Heather Boon and Dr. Sandy Welsh at the University of Toronto, to study the recent regulation of three professional groups recently regulated under Ontario’s Regulated Health Professions Act: naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) /acupuncture and homeopathy. This is an area that to date has been understudied, and – as the World Health Organization has emphasized – whose urgency is increasing as patients across nations increasingly seek out TCAM care that is both safe and effective.
Visit the study webpage here.
Gender-Based Violence in Muslim Canadian Families
Dr. Ijaz is working with the charitable organization Islamic Relief Canada on a research project about Muslim Canadian women who are experiencing gender-based violence within their family contexts. Like other Canadian women from across a wide range of faith and cultural groups, gender-based violence impacts Muslim women across the country. However, there are several barriers that make it disproportionately challenging for Muslim Canadian women to access appropriate social supports. This research project is currently investigating the range of existing services for this population, to better understand the dynamics of these barriers, and characterize the types of productive responses that may benefit from further funding and action.
The Use of Telemedicine in Complementary Medicine Consulting
Dr. Ijaz has received funding from the Canadian CAM Research Fund, along with my colleagues David Brule and Dr. Elise Paradis, to conduct research on the use of telemedicine among North American complementary medicine practitioners. More details to follow.