Archive for November, 2015

An Evidence-Informed National Seniors Strategy for Canada

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Given that the life expectancy of Canadians has almost doubled over the last century, our coming of age should be recognized as triumph rather than a disease. Older Canadians are now the fastest growing segment of our population with their numbers expected to double over the next two decades so that by then, one in [...]

A brief history of Alberta Health Services

Friday, November 27th, 2015

May 15, 2008: Health minister Ron Liepert announces the creation of Alberta Health Services, a single, centralized health authority built on a corporate model of governance. Liepert later says caucus made the decision in one day, with dissolution of regional boards made overnight. January 2009: The province announces it has tapped Australian health policy expert [...]

Throw Back Thursday (TBT) – Special issue on Advanced Practice Nursing 2010

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

In December 2010 Nursing Leadership published a special issue on Advanced Practice Nursing. “Over the time that NPs and CNSs have been prepared and have practised in Canada, considerable research has been undertaken to inform the current picture of their status. When this research is combined with the experience of practitioners, policy makers and nursing [...]

California: Healthcare System‎. May 20, 2013

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions How does a single-payer system differ from the current health care system? The goal of a single-payer system is to pay for your health care in a fair and efficient way. Our health care is paid for in a complex, confusing, and inefficient way. Currently multiple public agencies and multiple private insurance [...]

Health inequality widens between richer and poorer Canadians: CIHI Report

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

“The health inequalities between richer and poorer Canadians are large and they’ve persisted over time in the past decade and in some cases they’ve even widened,” said Jean Harvey, director of the Canadian Population Health Initiative, a branch of CIHI, in Ottawa. “It’s a stubborn problem.” Click here to download the full PDF

Women twice as likely to die in childbirth in U.S. than Canada: UN Report

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Women are twice as likely to die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes in the United States than in Canada, a report issued Thursday from the UN and the World Bank says. But compared with other developed nations, Canada hasn’t made much progress in the past 25 years. Here are some other key takeaways about mothers’ safety around [...]

Approaches To High-Risk, Resource Intensive Cancer Surgical Care In Canada

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

A report from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Cancer surgical care and patient outcomes vary widely in Canada, depending on where you live, but could be improved through a set of national standards, a new report says. The report released Thursday, also has high praise for “regionalization,” where high-risk, high-resources cancer surgery cases are grouped into [...]

Much More Than Just a Visit – CFHI Report

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

A Review of Visiting Policies in Select Canadian Acute Care Hospitals  November 2015 In a recent CFHI study of 114 acute-care hospitals across Canada, only 30 of the health-care institutions received top marks for having more patient-centred visiting policies. The organization would like to see all hospitals in Canada adopt policies that are more welcoming [...]

Throw Back Thursday (#TBT) – First Ever Issue of Healthcare Papers was on Primary Care

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Organizing Primary Care for an Integrated System Volume 1 Issue 1 December 1999 Walter W. Rosser and Jan Kasperski wrote the lead paper, comments came from Mary Ellen Jeans, Mike Pringle, Heather Mass and others. Primary care is considered to be in a state of crisis in many parts of the country both from practitioner [...]

Throw Back Thursday – The Pulse of Renewal

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Pulse of Renewal: A Focus on Nursing Human Resources A report of work published as a special report by the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership with the kind support of the Office of Nursing Policy, Health Canada, commissioned by Health Canada’s Office of Nursing Policy and is focused on strategies for augmenting and enhancing [...]