The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2016: A Focus on Family Violence in Canada

October 21st, 2016

A message from Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Families are the building blocks of our society and a safe haven to nurture children and our intimate relationships. Yet, some Canadians families are in crisis and the statistics are staggering. For many, this report may be difficult and disturbing to read. In 2014, 131 Canadians died [...]

Throwback Thursday (#TBT) – Healthcare Papers 5(1) 2004 covers Regionalization: Making Sense of the Canadian Experience

October 20th, 2016

Steven Lewis and Denise Kouri address 4 questions. What, conceptually, is regionalization in healthcare, and what distinguishes it as a structure? How was regionalization intended to contribute to the achievement of the goals for the health system articulated in the 1980s and 1990s? How has regionalization been implemented in Canada, and how have these factors [...]

National Health Expenditure Trends

October 19th, 2016

From CIHI National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975 to 2015 provides an overview of how much is spent on health care annually, in what areas money is spent and on whom, and where the money comes from. It features comparative expenditure data at the provincial/territorial and international levels, as well as Canadian health spending trends from 1975 to the present. [...]

Improving the health of all Canadians: A vision for the future

October 17th, 2016

The CMA’s platform on the 2017 federal/provincial/territorial health accord  Click here to download the full PDF The first step in creating a new health accord must be to hammer out a common vision of how to improve the health of Canadians. This will provide critical direction and focus for the ensuing discussion, so that the [...]

Throwback Thursday (#TBT) – In 2007 Catherine Zahn comments on An Inconvenient Truth: A Sustainable Healthcare System Requires Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Transformation

October 6th, 2016

Applying a Prism: The Spectrum of a Sustainable Healthcare System Ms. Zahn discusses how “seniors have insufficient community supports to remain independent in their homes. Vulnerable populations, such as the poor and those with chronic disease including mental illness, experience barriers to optimal functioning in society. Patients wait in ambulances because of emergency room overcrowding, [...]

Throwback Thursday (#TBT) – In 2014 Shirlee Sharkey comments on Understanding the Gap between Desire for and Use of Consumer Health Solutions

September 29th, 2016

All Aboard! Ms. Sharkey discusses how as a society, we have fundamentally changed our behaviour in three areas related to technology through virtualization; enhanced information and communication; and self-service. “Think of these three constructs as boxcars linked to a long railway train. That train has left the station, and it is already moving along the [...]

Throwback Thursday (#TBT) Healthcare Institution Partnerships – the Ethical Perspective

September 22nd, 2016

By Joseph Mapa (then Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer Mount Sinai Hospital) Here is addresses questions such as: Can one hospital can retain its values (denominational, cultural, community, etc.) when it partners with another hospital that doesn’t share them?; What are the rites, rituals and myths?; Are the consumers in the community being served, [...]

Throw Back Thursday (TBT) – Effective Teamwork in Healthcare: Research and Reality

September 15th, 2016

#TBT - Effective Teamwork in Healthcare: Research and Reality This lead essay from the January 2007 issue of Healthcare Papers is still one of the best read articles on “In healthcare, teamwork is the ongoing process of interaction between team members as they work together to provide care to patients. The researchers found that while teamwork and collaboration are [...]

B.C. Coroner’s Report Fentanyl-Detected Illicit Drug Overdose Deaths January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016

September 13th, 2016

Inclusion Criteria: This report summarizes all deaths that occurred between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2016 for which fentanyl was detected, whether alone or in combination with other drugs, and the death resulted from illicit drug use. In deaths occurring after November 1, 2015, ‘fentanyl’ includes acetyl fentanyl. In the majority of deaths, fentanyl [...]

British Columbia’s Failed Healthcare Experiment

September 9th, 2016

Our first point of contact with the health system — often referred to as “primary care” — should result in prompt and efficient care for our general health concerns, and coordinate our journey through the system when we need more specialized care. That’s if things are working properly. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. In [...]