Archive for October, 2016

Better Home Care: A National Action Plan

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Better Home Care: A National Action Plan focuses on the belief that home not hospital or residential care, is one of the best places to recover from an illness or injury, manage long-term conditions and live out final days. The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the College of Family Physicians [...]

Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals – CIHI

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

A national picture of patient harm in acute care hospitals (outside Quebec) is now available, thanks to a new measure developed by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI). The joint report Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals, released today, reveals that in 2014–2015 harm was experienced by patients in 1 of every [...]

Throwback Thursday (#TBT) – October 2005 Healthcare Quarterly presents its 1st Special Issue on Patient Safety

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Guest Editor Ross Baker introduces a number of cases on Patient Safety, topics including Nurturing a Patient Safety Culture, Identifying and Reducing Risk, Medication Safety, Developing Information for Improving Safety, Designing an Agenda for Change and Disclosure and Accountability.

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

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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, [...]