Health monitoring is being made more accessible…
Each truck driver participating in the TH@CLINIC Project is given a series of tools including smartwatches, smartphones, and other digital health monitors to help keep track of their daily glucose, blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, stress levels, and steps. Kits also include exercise equipment like resistance bands and stress balls along with educational guides on topics such as healthy eating, exercises to treat muscle pain, and mindfulness activities to treat stress.
Participants also have access to constant virtual care and are encouraged to use their smartphone to connect with a TH@CLINIC nurse who can direct them to medical professionals as needed – this includes doctors, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and social workers. The TH@CLINIC nurse can also assist with booking laboratory tests with flexible locations, receiving results, and scheduling medical consultations within New Brunswick.
The project was launched in the fall of 2022 and is already yielding positive results. “The drivers participating in the study have really embraced this program. They just needed this push to feel empowered and take control of their health,” says Jbilou. “We are only at the six-month follow-up point and results are encouraging. One participant lost 20 lbs, others have experienced lowered blood pressure, and overall, they’re experiencing better managed chronic conditions.”
Jbilou says the TH@CLINIC commenced thanks to an initial grant received from the ResearchNB.
“We have had support from the ResearchNB at every step and it has been fundamental to the TH@CLINIC Project’s success,” says Jbilou. “Having the ResearchNB backing us has given us the credibility we needed to forge ahead and attract additional funders who trust the quality of research we’re leading.”
The TH@CLINIC has also received funding from the provincial government, the trucking industry, WorkSafeNB, and Medavie Foundation.
TH@CLINIC researchers expect to complete the project in 2025 with a goal of 200 truckers participating. They further hope to recruit more LGBTQ2S+ drivers.
“Having ResearchNB backing us has given us the credibility we needed to forge ahead and attract additional funders who trust the quality of research we’re leading.”