Healthcare

Better information is the key to making hospitals more senior friendly

Canadians are living longer.  Unfortunately, our hospitals aren’t ready for them. Canadians over 65 years old use over 40 per cent of hospital services, a demand that continues to rise.  As they age, Canadians hope to stay at home as long as possible. If hospitalization is required, they should expect to go home quickly and […]

Orthopaedic surgeons on the common knee procedure that may cause more harm than good

Nearly half of Canadians aged 65 and over experience osteoarthritis in their knees. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of bones wears down over time leading to pain, stiffness and decreased mobility.  It frequently occurs in the hips and knees — and can be […]

Nurse Practitioners are the innovative solution to Canada’s health care woes

So why aren’t we making use of this important human resource?   It was recently national Nurse Practitioner Week, but you would be forgiven if you’ve never heard of Nurse Practitioners.  Most Canadians haven’t — and most don’t know their value to our health care system. You may be even more surprised to learn that […]

Does this headline say what you need to decide whether to read the article?

Of course not, in the same way nutrition labeling on the back of food packages doesn’t communicate what we need to know before buying food*   Supermarkets are crowded with around 40,000 products, yet most shoppers spend fewer than 10 seconds selecting an item. That’s certainly not enough time to review current Canadian nutrition labels, […]

You can have too much of a good thing when it comes to medicine for older adults

More medical tests, treatments not always the best   Prevailing wisdom states that more is better — and it is no different when it comes to our expectation of medical treatments. With the help of the Internet, patients and their families have come to expect intensive tests, treatments and therapies at every life stage. But […]

Advice for cold and flu season

Cold and flu season for many Canadians means getting ready to have their lives and routines thrown off by painful and annoying symptoms.  This can mean days off work or school dealing with sore throats, nasal congestion and fever. For parents, it can be challenging to try to comfort young kids with fever, coughing or […]

Climate change is a global health emergency

Federal pipeline needs independent assessment, global health leaders say   After a summer that saw over 90 heat-related deaths in Quebec, drought-impacted crops across the Prairies, and large swaths of Western Canada and Ontario ravaged by wildfires and shrouded in smoke, many of the world’s leading experts gathered in San Francisco at the Global Climate […]

Big change takes big courage

New way to pay hospitals offers lessons on change management   If there’s one thing provincial governments across Canada can agree on, it’s that the status quo in health care is no longer good enough to deliver equitable access to high quality care in a cost-efficient manner.  Ontario’s Ministry of Health under the previous government […]

Ontario emergency room visits remain high

Canadians have the highest rates of emergency room visits among high income countries   You’re getting home after a long day at work and the cough that has been bugging you just doesn’t seem to be letting up. Your muscles ache, you’ve got chills and you hear a slight wheeze when you breathe out. What […]

Accounting for pain beyond opioids

It’s time to change what we measure when funding healthcare   The prestigious Canadian Academy of Health Sciences annual meeting last week in Vancouver focused on chronic pain, and of course, the current catastrophe of opioid deaths was discussed.  But most of the discussion was broader: What are the biological mechanisms underlying chronic pain? What […]

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