To improve value and spur innovation, we need to change the way we pay for health care

To improve value and spur innovation, we need to change the way we pay for health care

Navigating the health and social system a challenging part of caregiving

Navigating the health and social system a challenging part of caregiving

Three nutrition trends to stay away from — based on the best evidence

Three nutrition trends to stay away from — based on the best evidence

If you follow health tips in the media, you’d think the nutritional sciences are a mess: Is butter good for you or is it bad? Should I eat breakfast or skip it? Should I eat like a caveman? Or maybe should I eat more like a bird?

Why we don’t need a ‘Caregiver Recognition Day’

Why we don’t need a ‘Caregiver Recognition Day’

Organizations advocating for family caregivers are hoping our Prime Minister will soon issue a proclamation recognizing family caregivers and establish a National Caregiver Day (the First Tuesday in April).

The never-ending saga of medical user fees in Quebec

The never-ending saga of medical user fees in Quebec

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

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.

Academics need to make sure their evidence matters

Academics need to make sure their evidence matters

An average paper in a peer-reviewed academic journal is read by no more than 10 people, according to Singapore-based academic, Asit Biswas, and Oxford-researcher, Julian Kirchherr, in their controversial commentary, “Prof, no one is reading you,” which went viral last year.

How future doctors see social factors shaping their medical practice

How future doctors see social factors shaping their medical practice

Medical students learn how to manage and treat disease. But once they start meeting patients in clinics and hospitals, they are also confronted with the fact that social factors have a huge impact on health and that their medical interventions might sometimes be limited. Two medical residents, Laura Stymiest and Lita Cameron, and medical student, […]

When it comes to medical tests and treatments, more is not always better

When it comes to medical tests and treatments, more is not always better

As technology and medical knowledge progress, doctors and patients have access to many more screening tools. But with the availability of more tests, also comes the risk of overtesting and overdiagnosis, worries health care researcher, Alan Cassels and doctors Wendy Levinson and Eric Bohm. They explain why more medical tests and treatments do not necessarily […]

Why it’s time for a National Autism Strategy

Why it’s time for a National Autism Strategy

Over a year ago, I was invited to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on Parliament Hill. It was attended by a dozen or more Senators from both major parties, political staffers and invited guests mostly from an assortment of autism non-profit organizations. I expected a somewhat predictable ‘feel good’ event about how far we’ve come and how far we have still to go. But an hour later there weren’t many dry eyes in the chamber.