Health Quality Ontario: Opioid Prescribing in Ontario

May 23rd, 2017

Despite the increasing numbers of opioid-related deaths and the growing prevalence of opioid addiction, the total number of prescriptions filled in Ontario continues to rise. Titled, 9 Million Prescriptions, this Health Quality Ontario report shows that: People in Ontario filled more than 9 million prescriptions for opioids in 2015/16, up by nearly 450,000 prescriptions from three [...]

Report Card on Access to Obesity Treatment for Adults in Canada 2017

May 1st, 2017

Obesity is a chronic disease that impacts the lives of millions of Canadians. But, how well are we doing at treating obesity in Canada? The Canadian Obesity Network has now examined access to publicly provided medical care for adults with obesity, including interventions covered by private health benefit plans Click here to Download the Full [...]

Canada’s Fundamental Science Review : Investing in Canada’s Future – Strengthening the Foundations of Canadian Research

April 10th, 2017

A blue-ribbon panel charged with reviewing the state of science in Canada for the first time in 40 years says the system urgently needs new money — but also new thinking. The federal science panel is calling for $1.3 billion in new money and an overhaul to the way research is overseen. The panel recommends [...]

Wait Times for Priority Procedures in Canada, 2017

March 28th, 2017

Wait times for Priority Procedures in Canada, 2017  is CIHI’s 12th annual report on wait times for priority procedures. This edition includes regional-level data for hip and knee replacements, as well as provincial data in 5 priority areas: cancer treatment, cardiac care, diagnostic imaging, joint replacement and sight restoration. It also features updated interactive graphics [...]

When more is not always better: Choosing nursing interventions wisely

January 11th, 2017

Authors: Barb Shellian, RN, President, Canadian Nurses Association and Wendy Levinson, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto; Chair and Co-founder, Choosing Wisely Canada As health-care professionals, Canada’s nurses have the privilege and obligation to provide high-quality care. We pledge to do no harm to our patients, and we work together to make this happen. [...]

Throwback Thursday (#TBT) – In June 2009 World Health & Population covers Household Use of Inpatient Healthcare Services in India

December 15th, 2016

In India, accessibility of healthcare remains a major challenge. At the macro level social, administrative, geographical and cultural factors all converge to influence health-seeking behaviour and access to health services. At the household level, cost is a major deterrent for poor people. This includes also so-called hidden costs such as transportation, loss of working time, [...]

CMAJ Open: Association between traumatic brain injury and incarceration: a population-based cohort study

December 8th, 2016

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an important public health concern: the estimated global lifetime prevalence is 3.49% In Ontario, Canada, there were 1.7  new cases of TBI per 1000 population in 2010/11, an increase of more than 20% since 2004/05. Traumatic brain injury may result in long-term disability and is a major cause of death [...]

Throwback Thursday (#TBT) – Soccer/Football References in celebration of the TFC playing in the MLS final on Saturday

December 8th, 2016

World Cup and Posing the Wrong Questions – July 2014 The World Cup and Heart Health – July 2014

Annual Report on Vaccine Safety in Ontario

November 28th, 2016

Published November 2016 The objective of this report is to summarize AEFIs reported in Ontario following vaccines administered in 2015. In addition, reporting trends are assessed by comparison of AEFIs reported in Ontario following vaccines administered across five years between 2011 and 2015. Click here to download the full PDF  

Throwback Thursday (#TBT) – Morris Barer describes the Journey to a Journal in Healthcare Policy’s first issue September 2005.

November 24th, 2016

Emphasis at that meeting was placed on the need for a forum for good applied work that would find an apt audience among Canadian policy makers and managers (Health Affairs and Canadian Public Policy were offered up as potential models, with the need to accept papers in both official languages also receiving emphasis). The absence of a quality [...]