Faculty and Staff
Nathaniel Bell, PhD
College of Nursing
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College of Nursing
Dr. Bell received his PhD from Simon Fraser University and completed a three-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in Trauma Outcomes at the University of British Columbia, Department of Surgery.
Dr. Bell has developed and taught numerous seminars, workshops, and graduate-level courses focusing on the social determinants of health, the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for public health surveillance, and health advocacy for health practitioners. At its core, his courses are framed within the context and philosophy of a population health perspective, emphasizing the empirical relationships between socio-economic gradients and population health inequities. He has mentored Masters students (MHA), served on academic adjudication committees, and as a panel member at conferences relevant to public health policy and health promotion.
Dr. Bell's research program intersects the fields of GIScience, social epidemiology, and injury epidemiology. His current research focuses on the measurement of functional outcomes and quality of life after major trauma, exploring frameworks for classifying outcomes of trauma care and the design and application of GIS-based tools for health services studies relevant to injury. He is also interested in working with health care systems towards routinely collecting outcome data on injury survivors, with particular interest in developing best practices for the transition from hospital to recovery.
Dr. Bell's dissemination activities include peer-review publications and book chapters, yearly presentations at international conferences in the fields of public health, trauma, and geography, research seminars, white paper reports, hospital rounds, and volunteer contributions to non-profit agencies that focus on health inequities and social justice. In the past five years he has remained active as a scientific reviewer for BMJ Injury Prevention, Canadian Geographer, Journal of Geographic Systems, BMC Public Health, Canadian Medical Association Journal, and Accident Analysis & Prevention. His research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals such as Canadian Journal of Public Health, Canadian Geographer, Injury, Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Journal of Urban Health, Injury Prevention, International Journal of Health Geographics, Open Medicine, Canadian Journal of Surgery, and American Journal of Surgery.
Dr. Bell is a member of the Trauma Association of Canada and the American Association of Geographers.
Dr. Bell has worked in education and research institutions affiliated with academic universities in Canada and the United States. He has also worked for Trauma Services at Vancouver General Hospital and as a consultant for the British Columbia Trauma Registry.
Research Studies (Selected)
Burn survivor quality of life in British Columbia: challenges and opportunities. Vancouver Foundation – $63,178. 01/01/13. Co-Investigator.
Quality of care following injury in British Columbia and the Yukon: a study to validate the use of linked administrative data sources to evaluate care. Canadian Institutes for Health Research - $135,000. 01/01/2011 – 12/31/2013. Principal Investigator.
An integrated regional trauma care data system linking clinical care and process-outcome evaluation. Canadian Institutes for Health Research – $522,757. 04/01/10 – 03/31/14. Co-Investigator.
Monitoring quality of life after injury: a pilot study and expansion of the surgical resident-as-advocate role. Social Accountability and Community Engagement – $1,200. 01/01/10 – 12/31/10. Co-Investigator.
Access and utilization of rehabilitation services after traumatic injury. Health Research Resource Office – $5,000. 01/01/10 – 12/31/10. Co-Investigator.
Spatial epidemiology of trauma: understanding and preventing injury through geographic analysis. Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – $60,000. 04/01/08 – 03/31/10. Principal Investigator.
Optimization of Trauma Systems. Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – $225,000. 05/01/08 – 04/30/11. Co-Investigator.
Bell N, Simons RK, Lakha N, Hameed SM. Are we failing our rural communities? Motor vehicle injury in British Columbia, Canada 2001-2007. Injury 43: 1888-1891, 2012.
Bell N, Hayes MV. The Vancouver Area Neighbourhood Deprivation Index (VANDIX): a census-based tool for assessing small area variations in health status. Canadian Journal of Public Health 103(Suppl. 2):S28-S32: 2012.
Galway LP, Bell N, Flaxman A, Rajaratnam J, Weiss B, Burnham G, Hagopian A, Takaro T. Two-stage cluster sampling methodology using gridded population data, a GIS, and Google EarthTM imagery in a population-based mortality survey in Iraq. International Journal of Health Geographics 11(12): 2012.
Bell N, Simons RK, Hameed SM, Schuurman N, Wheeler S. Does direct transport to provincial burn centers improve outcomes? A spatial epidemiology of severe burn injury in British Columbia (2001-2006). Canadian Journal of Surgery 55(2): 110–116, 2012.
Hameed SM, Bell N, Schuurman N. Analyzing the effects of place on injury: Does choice of geographic scale and zone matter? Open Medicine 4(4): E171-E180, 2010.
Bell N. The role of GIS in forensic mental health: challenges and opportunities. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. 8(3): 169-171, 2009.
Bell N, Schuurman N, Hameed SM. A small-area population analysis of socioeconomic status and prevalence of severe burn/fire-related injury in British Columbia, Canada. Burns 35(8): 1133-1141, 2009.
Bell N, Schuurman N, Hameed SM. A multilevel analysis of the socio-spatial pattern of assault injuries in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Public Health 100(1): 73-77, 2009.
Bell N, Schuurman N, Hameed SM. Are injuries spatially related? Join-count spatial autocorrelation for small-area injury analysis. Injury Prevention 14: 346-353, 2008.
Schuurman N, Bell N, Hameed SM, Simons RK. A model for identifying and ranking need for trauma service in non-metropolitan regions based on injury risk and access to services. Journal of Trauma 65(1): 54-62, July 2008.
Bell N, Schuurman N, Hayes MV. Using GIS-based methods of multicriteria analysis to construct socio-economic deprivation indices. International Journal of Health Geographics 6(17), 2007.
Schuurman N, Bell N, Dunn J, Oliver L. Deprivation indices, population health and geography: an evaluation of the spatial effectiveness of indices at multiple scales. Journal of Urban Health 84: 591 – 603, July 2007.