David Barbic

Scientist, MD, M.Sc., FRCPC

Born and raised in Vancouver, Dr. David Barbic completed his medical school at Queen’s University and Royal College residency training in Emergency Medicine at McGill.

Research Interests

  • Resuscitation
  • Marginalized populations

He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia. His primary research interests include improving care for persons with mental health and substance use challenges, and marginalized populations.

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Dr. Barbic has two main areas of research. Firstly, he is interested in improving the care of people with mental health and substance use challenges. He is currently working on three main projects: 1) a double-blind, randomized controlled trial comparing intramuscular ketamine to a combination of intramuscular midazolam and haloperidol for patients presenting to the ED with agitated and violent behaviour; 2) a study examining how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted ED visits for mental health and substance use complaints across greater Vancouver, and 3) a study examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinicians quality of life and moral injury.

Dr. Barbic’s other area of research is improving the care of marginalized patients presenting to the emergency department (ED). Dr. Barbic has one main project in this area at present, a study to examine the risk factors, treatment, outcomes and 30-day mortality of patients presenting to the ED with substance-induced psychosis. Dr. Barbic is also a collaborator on projects to improve connections between the ED and community-based, integrated youth health services.