Allyson Gallant

Allyson Gallant
Dalhousie University | Dal · Faculty of Health

Master of Public Health
PhD Candidate at Dalhousie University

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Introduction
PhD in Health candidate at Dalhousie University
Additional affiliations
May 2019 - August 2020
University of Strathclyde
Position
  • Research Assistant
September 2015 - May 2020
Dalhousie University
Position
  • Project Manager
Education
September 2020 - August 2024
Dalhousie University
Field of study
  • PhD in Health
August 2013 - June 2015
University of Saskatchewan
Field of study
  • Public Health
September 2007 - May 2013
University of Prince Edward Island
Field of study
  • Food and Nutritional Sciences

Publications

Publications (31)
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The evidence of waning immunity offered by COVID-19 vaccines suggests that widespread and regular uptake of routine COVID-19 booster vaccines will be needed. In order to understand the hesitancy toward COVID-19 boosters, we examined the barriers and facilitators to receiving regular COVID-19 boosters in a sample of young adults in the UK. A cross-s...
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Objective The aim of this study was to identify knowledge translation (KT) strategies aimed at improving sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) and well-being. Design Rapid scoping review. Search strategy A comprehensive and peer-reviewed search strategy was developed and applied to four electronic database...
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Background The rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines has brought an unprecedented focus on public attitudes to vaccines, with intention to accept a COVID-19 vaccine fluctuating during the pandemic. However, it is unclear how the pandemic may influence attitudes and behaviour in relation to vaccines in general. The aim of the current study is to ex...
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Objectives The four SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOC; Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta) identified by May 2021 are highly transmissible, yet little is known about their impact on public health measures. We aimed to synthesise evidence related to public health measures and VOC. Design A rapid scoping review. Data sources On 11 May 2021, seven datab...
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Objectives: Development of a vaccine against COVID-19 will be key to controlling the pandemic. We need to understand the barriers and facilitators to receiving a future COVID-19 vaccine so that we can provide recommendations for the design of interventions aimed at maximizing public acceptance. Design: Cross-sectional UK survey with older adults...
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Objective To explore Nova Scotian experiences, barriers, and facilitators associated with pandemic public health measures (PHM), including COVID-19 vaccination. Methods We conducted semi-structured, individual interviews with Nova Scotians between May and August 2021, during the third wave of COVID-19 cases and provincial lockdown. Participants we...
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Background As of November 25th 2021, four SARS-CoV − 2 variants of concern (VOC: Alpha (B.1.1.7), Beta (B.1.351), Gamma (P.1), and Delta (B.1.617.2)) have been detected. Variable degrees of increased transmissibility of the VOC have been documented, with potential implications for hospital and health system capacity and control measures. This rapid...
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Background Testing is a foundational component of any COVID-19 management strategy; however, emerging evidence suggests that barriers and hesitancy to COVID-19 testing may affect uptake or participation and often these are multiple and intersecting factors that may vary across population groups. To this end, Health Canada’s COVID-19 Testing and Scr...
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We sought to establish whether two recently developed measures, the 5C scale and the Vaccination Attitudes Examination (VAX) were reliable and valid for use with older adults. A total of 372 UK-dwelling participants (65–92 years, M = 70.5 years, SD = 4.6) completed a cross-sectional survey measuring health and socio-demographic characteristics in r...
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Objective: The aim of this scoping review is to describe and map the evidence around COVID-19 and H1N1 vaccination hesitancy or refusal among physicians, nurses, and pharmacists across North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia. Introduction: When global pandemics occur, including the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which originat...
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Older adults are particularly vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases (VDU), due to decreased immunity and increased comorbidity. Vaccination can support healthy ageing and help reduce morbidity, mortality, and loss of quality of life associated with VPDs. Despite the availability of effective vaccines, many countries, including the UK, fail to...
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Background: Testing is a foundational component of any COVID-19 management strategy; however, emerging evidence suggests that barriers and hesitancy to COVID-19 testing may affect uptake or participation and often these are multiple and intersecting factors that may vary across population groups. To this end, Health Canada’s COVID-19 Testing and Sc...
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Objective To specify intervention content to enhance influenza vaccination uptake among adults with chronic respiratory conditions using the Behaviour Change Wheel (BCW). Design Cross-sectional, multi-modal data collection and theory-informed analysis and expert stakeholder engagement. Methods Content analysis was used to identify barriers and en...
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Background: As of April 2021, three SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOC: B.1.1.7, B.1.351 and P.1) have been detected in over 132 countries. Increased transmissibility of VOC has implications for public health measures and health system arrangements. This rapid scoping review aims to provide a synthesis of current evidence related to public health...
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Influenza, pneumococcal disease, and shingles (herpes zoster) are more prevalent in older people. These illnesses are preventable via vaccination, but uptake is low and decreasing. Little research has focused on understanding the psychosocial reasons behind older adults’ hesitancy towards different vaccines. A cross-sectional survey with 372 UK-bas...
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Background As of March 2021, three SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOC) have been identified (B.1.1.7, B.1.351 and P.1) and been detected in over 111 countries. Despite their widespread circulation, little is known about their transmission characteristics. There is a need to understand current evidence on VOCs before practice and policy decisions c...
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Background Seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended for patients with chronic respiratory conditions, but uptake is suboptimal. We undertook a comprehensive mixed methods study in order to examine the barriers and enablers to influenza vaccination in patients with chronic respiratory conditions. Methods Mixed methods including a survey (n = 4...
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Background: Seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended for patients with chronic respiratory conditions, but uptake is suboptimal. We undertook a comprehensive mixed methods study in order to examine the barriers and enablers to influenza vaccination in patients with chronic respiratory conditions. Methods: Mixed methods including a survey (n=42...
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Influenza, pneumococcal disease, and shingles are more prevalent in older people, with this group having an increased risk of developing severe illnesses and complications. These illnesses are preventable via vaccination, but uptake of these vaccines is low and decreasing year-on-year. However, little research has focused on understanding the reaso...
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Objectives To specify future intervention content to enhance influenza vaccination uptake using the Behaviour Change Wheel (BCW). Design Cross-sectional, multi-modal data collection and subsequent behaviourally informed analysis and expert stakeholder engagement. Methods Content analysis was initially used to identify barriers and enablers to inf...
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Influenza, pneumococcal disease, and shingles are more prevalent in older people, with this group having an increased risk of developing severe illnesses and complications. These illnesses are preventable via vaccination, but uptake of these vaccines is low and decreasing year-on-year. However, little research has focused on understanding the reaso...
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Influenza, pneumococcal disease, and shingles (herpes zoster) are more prevalent in older people. These illnesses are preventable via vaccination, but uptake is low and decreasing. Little research has focused on understanding the psychosocial reasons behind older adults’ hesitancy towards different vaccines. A cross-sectional survey with 372 UK-bas...
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Older adults accessing continuing care often have multiple chronic conditions. Research suggests that case management is a promising approach to reduce health care expenditure and improve patient outcomes. To optimize healthcare delivery, an examination of existing case management models and their effectiveness is essential. This literature review...
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Objectives: Development of a vaccine against COVID-19 will be key to controlling the pandemic. We need to understand the barriers and facilitators to receiving a future COVID-19 vaccine so that we can provide recommendations for the design of interventions aimed at maximising vaccine uptake by the public. Design: Cross-sectional survey with high-ri...
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Background Interventions to improve discharge communication in emergency practice settings are inherently complex and incorporate multiple strategies aimed at patient, caregiver and healthcare provider behaviours. Behaviour change theories, including the capability-opportunity-motivation-behaviour (COM-B) model and Behaviour Change Technique Taxono...
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Background Interventions to improve discharge communication in emergency practice settings are inherently complex and incorporate multiple strategies aimed at patient, caregiver and healthcare provider behaviours. Behaviour change theories, including the capability-opportunity-motivation-behaviour (COM-B) model and Behaviour Change Technique Taxono...
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Background The majority of children receiving care in the emergency department (ED) are discharged home, making discharge communication a key component of quality emergency care. Parents must have the knowledge and skills to effectively manage their child’s ongoing care at home. Parental fatigue and stress, health literacy, and the fragmented natur...
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Introduction: Understanding factors that influence laboratory test ordering in emergency departments (EDs) can help to improve current laboratory test ordering practices. The aim of this study is to compare patterns and influences in laboratory test ordering between emergency physicians and nurses at two ED sites, Halifax Infirmary (HI) and Dartmou...

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We are interested in establishing the facilitators and barriers of vaccination uptake in older people.