Ann Silversides & Andreas Laupacis

Ann Silversides is an independent journalist, editor and broadcaster who specializes in health policy issues. She is a former newspaper reporter (Calgary Herald, the Globe and Mail), and was a long-time freelancer and also a staff writer at the CMAJ. In addition to her journalism (for magazines, newspapers, radio and journals), Ann has written for a wide range of Canadian health research institutes and labour organizations. She has received numerous journalism awards, is the author of AIDS Activist, Michael Lynch and the Politics of Community (Between the Lines) and, for the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions,  Conversations with champions of  medicare. Ann has a BA and MA from the University of Toronto, a BJ from Carleton University, and has taught writing at York University.  Follow Ann on Twitter @ASilversides Dr. Andreas Laupacis is the Executive Director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital and a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a general internist whose interest in health care is driven by his experiences as a consumer, practitioner, researcher and involvement in health care governance. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Health Quality Ontario and a Board Member at Cancer Care Ontario. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Health Policy and Citizen Engagement. He is convinced that the health care system would be better if there is more informed input from citizens. Follow him on Twitter @AndreasLaupacis


Articles and Opinion Pieces by this author

Interpretation services in health care

“We have a large immigrant population, and people sometimes have no English. This program has been a godsend.” –- Winnipeg pediatrician Stan Lipnowski Obtaining a good history is the most important thing in practising medicine, so being able to get that history about the children of new immigrants has made a “humungous difference”, says Stan…

Lower pay hampers nurse practitioner recruitment in primary care

Nurse practitioners are a key plank of government efforts to improve access to primary care. However, a continuing gap in pay and benefits for nurse practitioners who choose to work in primary care compared to those who work in hospitals, limits recruitment and retention to community settings. From a zippy online campaign to an economist-authored…

Does evidence support expanding telehomecare in Ontario?

Telehomecare programs offer remote monitoring for people living with chronic diseases, linking patients to providers without requiring an in-person visit.  Ontario is currently developing a number of large-scale telehomecare programs with the promise that they are patient centred, cost effective approaches to care. While there is great enthusiasm for telehomecare programs from patients, providers and…