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Dr. Maria Mathews

{Dr. Maria Mathews}
Dr. Maria Mathews

Assistant professor
Division of Community Health

Research interests
"During my doctoral studies I looked at primary care and why people choose not to go to family physicians in urban centres," she explained. The answer is fairly straightforward: "People with colds or sprains will go to an emergency room or a walk-in clinic because they want something quick and convenient. With a chronic condition, like diabetes, a patient is willing to wait a few weeks and take time from work for an appointment during the day because their own doctor knows family, personal and medication history. Continuity of care is much more valued if you have a chronic illness; with an injury, patients seem to decide what type of treatment they'll need. They'll skip the family doctor if they think they need an X-ray."

Experience
Dr. Maria Mathews did her graduate training in health administration. She holds a B.Sc. (zoology) and a BA (French literature) from the University of Calgary, a master's of health services administration from the University of Alberta and a PhD (health administration) from the University of Toronto.

Background
The new, and youngest, member of the Division of Community Health grew up in Calgary, Alberta. She worked from 1990-93 as clinical and administrative assistant to the Canadian Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service in Calgary. In 1994-95 she was the planning coordinator at Inuvik Regional Health & Social Services Board in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. From 1997-2000 she worked as a research assistant with the Department of Health Administration at the University of Toronto and in 1999 moved to Saskatoon, where she worked for two years as a research officer with the Health Services Utilization and Research Commission. In 2001, she also held an appointment as clinical lecturer with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan.