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Women’s work across every aspect of healthcare is largely invisible

Women’s work across every aspect of healthcare is largely invisible

Why it’s critical we use gender transformative approaches for the health workforce in Canada Sometimes an issue can be so pervasive that it is rendered nearly invisible. Take for instance the gender of the health workforce. Women comprise 82 per cent of health workers in Canada, in contrast to 47 per cent in the total labour […]

Four strategies for turning local healthcare innovation into routine practice everywhere

Four strategies for turning local healthcare innovation into routine practice everywhere

What started as pilot project by two frustrated doctors is evolving into standard practice as more jurisdictions, including the Ontario government, get on board.  Dr. Clare Liddy and Dr. Erin Keely share their story – and their lessons learned along the way. Dr. Clare Liddy is a Tier 2 Chair, Associate Professor and Clinical Investigator […]

Turning the tide on the harm of opioids

Turning the tide on the harm of opioids

As clinicians, we are bound by professionalism and our ethical responsibilities to do no harm and to do what we can to address the pain and suffering of our patients. When powerful pain relieving opioid medications were introduced a few decades ago, they seemed to be a way to do both. We now know that […]

Making our pan-Canadian health organizations ‘Fit for Purpose’

Making our pan-Canadian health organizations ‘Fit for Purpose’

Canadian Medicare would not exist without the actions of the federal government. But in recent years, there has been an atrophy of the imagination about Ottawa’s role in health policy, as if federal transfer payments to the provinces and territories were the beginning and the end of everything.  Last week, we submitted a report to […]

When the doctor says sorry

When the doctor says sorry

It’s been a dozen years since healthcare apology laws came to Canada – but do they work? My introduction to the complex and emotional world of adverse events in healthcare occurred in 2001 when I chaired a committee to review an inquest report into the tragic deaths of twelve infants in a paediatric surgery program […]

Winnipeg will soon open a ‘wet shelter’

Winnipeg will soon open a ‘wet shelter’

Tailoring a program to tackle homelessness and alcoholism saves lives   Maybe it’s time we woke up and realized that how we’ve been dealing with a certain segment of homeless people in this city just isn’t working. You probably know the ones I mean: you pass by them if you walk downtown on your way […]

The power of music to improve the challenges associated with autism

The power of music to improve the challenges associated with autism

Music interventions are evidence-based with positive results — so why don’t we use them more often?   My son is practicing the piano as I write this and it’s the sweetest sound.  He’s spent two years working slowly through the same level, but it doesn’t matter; he’s improving and the benefits of both music therapy […]

Listening to our Elders

Listening to our Elders

Older Canadians living with frailty tell us what they need to live better Within a decade, the number of frail, elderly Canadians will double.  What does getting old look like in Canada? We need to start listening to the people with lived experiences of frailty and aging in planning and providing care, say Dr. Kathy […]

Ending Homelessness in Canada

Dr. Jino Distasio of the University of Winnipeg discusses the systemic problems that contribute to homelessness in Canada — and the local and national efforts required to stop the revolving door of homelessness.   Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Where there is too much, something is missing

Where there is too much, something is missing

When I was an economics student many years ago, the last living student of John Maynard Keynes and noted economist Joan Robinson gave a lecture to a packed hall.  During the question period, one smart aleck student asked, “Why should anyone study economics?”  After a prolonged pause, her answer was simple, “So you know when […]