capacity to consent; substance misuse; homelessness; ethics; public health; health care service deliver
Sexual and Reproductive Health
Dr. Darlene Taylor is the Research Program Manager for Clinical Prevention Services at BCCDC and the Women’s Health Research Institute. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC where she teaches a course on Methods for Systematic Reviews in Health Research. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at the University of Victoria , her Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia and her PhD from UBC’s School of Population and Public Health . She has developed expertise in evaluating public health interventions for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, particularly among individuals who misuse substances, men who have sex with men and other marginalized populations. She has also conducted several systematic reviews related to sexual health.
Her main research interest includes assessment of capacity to consent for health care among individuals who misuse substances and who are homeless or unstably housed. She has developed a psychometric instrument to assist nurses determine if their clients have capacity to consent for the care they are being offered. Her master’s research involved evaluating the impact of HIV reporting by comparing the time from HIV infection to diagnosis using a sensitive/less sensitive testing algorithm. She has also developed a instrument aimed at assisting clinicians counseling their clients about the probability of a false negative HIV test when testing during the window period.
Taylor D, Durigon M, Davis H, Archibald C, Konrad B, Coombs D, Gilbert M, Cook D, Krajden M, Wong T, Ogilvie G. Probability of a false negative HIV antibody test result during the window period: a tool for pre- and post-test counselling. Int J STD AIDS. 2014 Jul 16; Taylor D, Masse L, Ho A, Rekart ML, Tyndall M, Henry B, Clifton J, Peters L, Ogilvie G and Buxton J.
A brief tool to assess capacity to consent for medical care among homeless individuals with problematic substance use: study protocol.
Archives of Public Health. 2013;71:11.; Taylor D, Lunny C, Wong T, Krajden M, Hoang L, Li N, Gilbert M, Lester R and Ogilvie G. Self-collected versus clinician-collected sampling for sexually transmitted infections: A systemic review and meta-analysis protocol. Systematic Reviews. 2013;2:93.; Taylor D. Outcomes Related to STI Partner Notification. NCCID Evidence Review: Partner Notification. October 2013. Available at https://cdn.metricmarketing.ca/www.nccid.ca/files/Evidence_Reviews/Partner_Notification/NCCID_PartnerNotify_Taylor_04.pdf; van der Kop M, Memetovic J, Patel A, Marra F, Sadatsafavi M, Hajek J, Smillie K, Thabane L, Taylor D, Johnston J, Lester R. The effect of weekly text-message communication on treatment completion among patients with latent tuberculosis infection: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial (WelTel LTBI). BMJ Open 2014;4:e004362; Cosser, L., Tozer, K., Van Borek, N., Tzemis, D., Taylor, D., Saewyc, E., Buxton, JA. Finding a Voice: Participatory Research with Street-Involved Youth in the Youth Injection Prevention (YIP) Project. Health Promotion Practice. Sept 2014;15(5):732-8.; Ogilvie GS, Cook DA, Taylor DL, Rank C, Kan L, Yu A, Mei W, van Niekerk DJ, Coldman AJ, Krajden M. Population-based evaluation of type-specific HPV prevalence among women in British Columbia, Canada. Vaccine. 2013 Feb 4;31(7):1129-33.