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Challenges 2011, 2(1), 1-18; doi:10.3390/challe2010001
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Using a Mobile Laboratory to Study Mental Health, Addictions and Violence: A Research Plan

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1 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 200-100 Collip Circle, London, Ontario, N6G 4X8, Canada 2 The University of Western Ontario, 1151 Richmond Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3K7, Canada 3 University of Toronto, 27 King’s College Circle, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A1, Canada 4 National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, GPO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia 6845, Australia 5 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 33 Russell Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2S1, Canada 6 Epidemiological Research Unit, Technische Universität Dresden, Klinische Psychologie & Psychotherapie, Helmholtzstraße 10, 01069 Dresden, Germany 7 McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4L8, Canada 8 Laurentian University, 935 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 2C6, Canada 9 Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1X8, Canada
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Received: 27 October 2010 / Revised: 11 November 2010 / Accepted: 15 December 2010 / Published: 19 January 2011
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Abstract

This paper describes an innovative new research program, Researching Health in Ontario Communities (RHOC), designed to improve understanding, treatment and prevention of co-occurring mental health, addictions, and violence problems. RHOC brings together a multi-disciplinary team of investigators to implement an integrated series of research studies (including pilot studies and full studies). The project involves use a mobile research laboratory to collect a wide range of biological, behavioral and social data in diverse communities across Ontario, Canada, including remote and rural communities, areas experiencing poverty and social disorganization, urban areas, and Aboriginal communities. This paper describes the project background and research plan as well as the anticipated contributions of the project to participating Ontario communities and to broader scientific knowledge.
Keywords: mental health; substance use; addiction; violence; co-morbidities; mobile research laboratory; multi-level modeling; community-based research mental health; substance use; addiction; violence; co-morbidities; mobile research laboratory; multi-level modeling; community-based research
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Wells, S.; Flynn, A.; Graham, K.; Rehm, J.; Cairney, J.; Kates, N.; Kennedy, J.L.; Lobo, D.S.; Chaiton, M.; Menzies, P.; Tyndale, R.F.; Verjee, Z. Using a Mobile Laboratory to Study Mental Health, Addictions and Violence: A Research Plan. Challenges 2011, 2, 1-18.

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