The Vulnerability Index Project© is a questionnaire applied through a mobile app (or paper version) that grades a patient’s social determinants of health related to: housing, food security, employment, social support, education/literacy, health habits and coping skills. The combination together can be a sophisticated indicator of poverty.  The ability for the numerical index to provide information on an individual, geographic region or populations can thus be used in a disaggregate data form to measure successful medical management or need. Additionally, the mobile app directly connects patients to community social services agencies or community connectors. As a mobile app it is universally accessible and patient centred.

Following the Agile (Scrum) software methodology, Juliana Prestes generated the index algorithm and led this project supervised by Dr. Keith Brunt , Dr. Jean-Francois Legare , Dr. Duncan Webster and Dr. Alison Luke, in collaboration with patients and 25 community agencies from New Brunswick.

Dr. Arit Archibong is the clinical coordinator for this project.


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