Commentaries, Health is More than Healthcare

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Why is it so hard for mothers to breastfeed in Canada? Why is it so hard for mothers to breastfeed in Canada?
By Nicole Letourneau and Mary Lougheed

According to Statistics Canada, while Canada has made significant strides toward breastfeeding as a cultural norm — for example 89 percent of women initiated breastfeeding in 2012, compared to 69 percent in 1982 — we still have a long way to go.

The-never-ending-saga-of-medical-user-fees-in-Quebec The never-ending saga of medical user fees in Quebec
By Amélie Quesnel-Vallée

On January 26, the Quebec regulation abolishing medical user fees came into effect, bringing the province in line with federal legislation outlined in the Canada Health Act (CHA).

It's-time-to-change-the-way-we-view-exercise-for-frail-and-critically-ill-patients Exercise is not just for the fit, it helps the frail elderly and critically ill too
By Michelle Kho

Frail and critically ill patients can safely bike in the intensive care unit, even early in their ICU stay.

Celebrate-a-New-Year-by-putting-end-of-life-wishes-at-the-top-of-your-to-do-list Celebrate a New Year by putting end-of-life wishes at the top of your to-do list
By John Muscedere

Kicking off the New Year is a good time to put the task of making your end-of-life wishes at the top of your to-do list.

Closing the 17-year gap between scientific evidence and patient care Closing the 17-year gap between scientific evidence and patient care
By Daniel Niven

Canada has a mismatch between the world class quality of research we produce on health every year and how that research is implemented into our healthcare system.

When inequality in Canada goes up, child well-being goes down When inequality in Canada goes up, child well-being goes down
By Erin Schryer and Nicole Letourneau

National Child Day has been celebrated across Canada every November 20th since 1993 to commemorate the United Nations’ adoption of two documents describing children’s rights: The 1959 United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

It’s time to move health research out of the academy and into the community It’s time to move health research out of the academy and into the community
By Adalsteinn Brown and Stephen Bornstein

Canada has a mismatch between the world class quality of research we produce on health every year and how that research is implemented into our healthcare system.

Indigenous people are not the ‘ghosts of history’
By Leonard G. Flett and Nicole Letourneau

Canadian Indigenous people have been described as “ghosts of history,” spectres lingering in the background, haunting our legacy. This refers to the fact that Indigenous people have been ignored to a great extent in Canadian history

Medicine is not just a science, its an art Medicine is not just a science, it’s an art
By Lynn Wilson

Many people see physicians as experts in “the science” of medicine. In my three decades of practising as a family physician, I have learned that being an expert in “the art” of medicine is of equal importance.

A society with no poverty would be healthier, happier and easier to live in — and would save us all money in the end A society with no poverty would be healthier, happier and easier to live in — and would save us all money in the end
By Gary Bloch

As a family doctor who works largely with people living on low incomes, poverty is at the root of many of the illnesses I treat.


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