Farah Shroff

Farah Shroff
University of British Columbia - Vancouver | UBC · Department of Family Practice

PhD

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Introduction
Most of my writing is in the field of public health. My focus is on Health for All and I ask the question: How can we create a healthier world for all us us? Most of my research concentrates on holistic health (the mind-body connection and spirituality), social justice (social determinants of health) and health system design. I also write poetry, travel articles and other 'fun' pieces.
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February 2003 - present
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (39)
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Recommendations to eradicate Violence against Women(VaW) in lockdown during COVID-19 Pandemic as instituted by various government globally to mitigate the effect of the pandemic.
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Purpose A global pandemic, non-occupational noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a completely preventable public health problem, which receives limited air time. This study has dual purposes: to contribute to scholarly literature that puts non-occupational NIHL on the global priority map and to effect change in the City of Vancouver's policies towa...
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Purpose Many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are struggling to reduce maternal mortality rates, despite increased efforts by the United Nations through the implementation of their Millennium Development Goals program. Industrialized nations, such as Canada, have a collaborative role to play in raising the global maternal health standards....
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The intrauterine device (IUD) and oral contraceptives are the two most common methods of reversible birth control in the world. Both these methods are associated with side effects, particularly in combination with other medications and tobacco and health complications including mood changes, acne, headaches, breast tenderness, pelvic pain, excessiv...
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The need for effective population mental health promotion approaches is urgent as mental health concerns are escalating globally and current allopathic treatment regimens are insufficient to bring people towards the state of mental well-being (citation). Successfully alleviating stress has the potential to promote wellbeing and prevent illness. Wor...
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Purpose: To explore experiences with holistic practices (HP) by people with spinal cord injury (SCI) in British Columbia, Canada, including the types of HP they access and the reasons they utilize these forms of treatment. Method: This was a qualitative study of 53 adults with SCI. Participants were engaged in semistructured interviews in focus-gr...
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It is apparent that today's difficulties in Ukraine are rooted in decades of detrimental policies made by national and international governments in this important part of the world. Like in other former Soviet Bloc nations, the post-Perestroika period has been a rollercoaster for democratic possibilities. I was an election observer in 2012's parlia...
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The health impact of extractive industries activities, including mining and oil/gas drilling, has generated growing concern across the globe and raised important questions about the social and political forces and governance structures underpinning these activities. Although many would argue that mining and drilling are necessary to support the...
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We examined the perspectives of rehabilitation professionals in British Columbia on the use of holistic practices (HP) by their clients with spinal cord injury (SCI). This was a qualitative descriptive study with 13 rehabilitation professionals.Results show that health care practitioners serving those with SCI noted interest in and use of HP betwee...
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Background Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) are valuable members of the healthcare team who assist in health promotion, disease prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation. RMT visits have increased across Canada over the past decade with the highest increase in British Columbia (BC). Currently, RMTs are private practitioners of health...
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MTRB Questionnaire. Insurance Company Questionnaire. Massage Therapy Schools Questionnaire.
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Massage is a time-honored method by which women have received comfort throughout the millennia, yet it has not been rigorously evaluated in the modern day delivery suite. No study to date that we are aware of has evaluated the effect of massage therapy by a regulated massage therapist on labor pain. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the eff...
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Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) are valuable members of the health care team who assist in creating positive outcomes in health promotion, disease prevention, and rehabilitation. This article explores RMTs' views regarding the status and future of their profession in British Columbia, Canada. It highlights, for the first time, key issues for a...
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All over the world, decision makers are looking for effective mechanisms to finance healthcare systems. Most current systems, like block funding or fee for service, have not proven to contain costs. As skyrocketing healthcare costs overwhelm national treasuries, decision makers are searching for new financing mechanisms for healthcare systems. Whil...
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The concept of holism is defined in disparate ways. This article offers foundational understandings of this term from various parts of the world, illustrating the virtually universal, historical, as well as contemporary nature of ideas such as interconnectedness, unity and oneness. Throughout human history, holistic worldviews were dominant until t...
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in Bharuch. She was the eldest of 12 children and spent much of her childhood raising her siblings. When she grew up she was determined to have a small family and educate herself and all the kids. Though very bright, she had been forced to stay home to help with child raising and she regretted not being the doctor she had always aspired to become....
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The Canadian Medical Education Directions for Specialists identifies health advocacy as an essential role for physicians. Health advocacy is also an integral part of the principles of family medicine. It relates to the physician's responsibility to identify and respond appropriately to the social determinants of health and the healthcare needs of v...
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www.pimatisiwin.com/online/wp-content/uploads/.../07Shroff.pdf Power Politics and the Takeover of Holistic Health in North America: An Exploratory Historical Analysis Abstract As far back as recorded history goes, indigenous peoples have practiced holistic systems of medicine. Their complex and sophisticated systems of medicine were effective he...
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This story is about 3 generations of Zarthustis who live in Dahanu—a farming community near Mumbai, India. We learn about their exodus from Iran due to cruel social conditions for Zarthustis and feel the hurt of Vamog, Shapur’s father who was beaten and shamed, simply for being Zarthusti. Shapur and his grandson Zairos are the main characters. The...
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Like most of Umrigar's novels, the plot was not exciting or fast paced. The development of the characters and the depth and detail that Umrigar offers us is often the most engrossing part of her stories. This is true in The Weight of Heaven, until the last part of the book. The main characters are Ellie and Frank, a US couple whose only 7 year old...
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Eyes closed, back tall, legs folded, we connected—strangers yesterday, friends today. We‟re All One! Each member of the human family is a variation of the one. In yoga we know the teachings about this unity of all life forms and after traveling for one and a half years it means so much more to me. The lessons of yoga, profound and beautiful, wer...
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Ayurveda is the mother of holistic health care. As one of the world’s oldest systems of medicine, approximately 75% of Indians still rely on ayurveda for health promotion, disease prevention, disease treatment and palliative care. Ayur means life and veda means knowledge or science so ayurveda is a system of health care that helps people to live a...
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The CanMEDS Health Advocate (HA) role relates to the physician’s responsibility to identify and respond appropriately to the social determinants of health, healthcare disparities, and the needs of vulnerable or marginalized populations. According to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), physicians have an important role to...
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This book took me into the heads of 3 Indian women: two Sikhs and one mixed heritage South Indian/European. Through these fictitious women’s stories I learned about the partition of the Punjab and the senseless loss of thousands of lives and uprooting of millions of others; the Khalistan movement and the internal divisions it created, the Indian ar...
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What does Canada Day mean to us as South Asians? When Columbus got lost and thought he’d arrived in India, he called the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island “Indians” and the name has stuck until today. Not only do we look like the Original Peoples of this land but we share cultural, spiritual and ecological values. We have many reasons to get alon...
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www.bridgew.edu/soas/jiws/May07/Schroff.pdf Abstract3 This paper explores yogic approaches to women's sexuality. Acknowledging that sexualized violence against women is a harsh and pernicious reality for women all over the world, the paper adopts an inclusive perspective on women's sexuality that focuses on pleasure. A basic introduction to yoga pr...
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This paper explores yogic approaches to women's sexuality. Acknowledging that sexualized violence against women is a harsh and pernicious reality for women all over the world, the paper adopts an inclusive perspective on women's sexuality that focuses on pleasure. A basic introduction to yoga prefaces a discussion of prana (life force) and concepts...
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Thrity Umriger’s writing is spell-binding. I could not put this novel down. It is the story of Bima, a maid, and her Parsi employer, Sera, in Mumbai. The story begins when both of the women are grandmothers and moves between each of their earlier lives and the current day. While both women experience harsh realities, Sera’s economic privilege shiel...
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Evolution flow adaptation Dancing to life’s rhythm Shift 1 From thinking status quo to activist Going to India Parents’ birthplace As a Canadian teen Seeing intense suffering of Not just any people But those who looked like me Connection to them Clarity Motherwork is a very high form of service lovework Why be ‘busy’ when we can play? Grizzly bear...
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The New Midwifery Reflections on Renaissance and Regulation Edited by Farah M. Shroff Published: December 1997 ISBN-13: 978-0-88961-224-2 Format: 366pp, Paperback Description: The New Midwifery offers a critical perspective on women's reproductive health and midwifery issues. This incisive collection of essays examines the impact of professiona...
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Raff Carmen’s book is a refreshing and welcome addition to pre-millenium discourse on South World development. In an era where socio-economic disparities between South and North Worlds are increasing, and mass media give consumers the world according to ‘McCoke’, voices like Carmen’s are vitally important. Standing against the tide of neocapitalism...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Toronto, 1996. Includes bibliographical references (p. [323]-350). Photocopy.

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