Jeremy Petch

Dr. Jeremy Petch is the manager of special projects at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital. His research focuses on understanding the relationship between resource intensive use of the health care system and the social determinants of health. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from York University and a graduate diploma from the Ontario Training Centre in Health Service and Policy Research, specializing in biomedial ethics and health policy.  His doctoral work focused on the intersection of ethics, law and public policy in the regulation of genetic screening technologies.  Jeremy was previously a research associate at the Institute for Work and Health, where he focused on the health of the Long Term Care workforce, geographical variation in workplace injury, and the health of very young workers.  Follow Jeremy on Twitter @JeremyPetch


Articles and Opinion Pieces by this author

5 tips for writing a great health care blog

Have you thought about submitting a blog post to a website like Healthy Debate or KevinMD, but aren’t sure where to start? Have you written a few blogs and want to know how you can improve? We love receiving blog submissions (you can submit one here!) and we often get asked what makes for an…

More patients die in hospitals on the weekend – will we do anything about it?

In the year since Healthy Debate published Fewer hospital staff on weekends put some patients at risk, evidence of a “weekend effect” at hospitals has continued to mount. Today, the Canadian Institute of Health Information released a new report which further reinforces that for some patients admitted to hospital on the weekend, there is a…

Should Healthy Debate publish anonymous blog posts?

Hello Healthy Debate community, Since launching the opinions section two years ago, we have published over 200 blogs from a wide range of people, including patients, front-line practitioners and health system leaders. In that time, we have never published an anonymous blog. Our current policy for publishing guest blogs specifically states that the author’s real…

Let’s Talk about a comprehensive mental health system

Psychiatric medications are valuable tools for treating many mental illnesses. Some psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia, can only be effectively treated with medication. However, pharmaceuticals have become the default treatment for all mental illnesses in Canada, even when the evidence suggests that medications are not effective for all of the conditions for which they are…

Bed blocking a problem of equity, not just efficiency

One of the big challenges facing modern health care systems is how to reduce delayed discharge from acute hospitals by patients for whom acute care is not longer medically necessary – better known as the problem of bed blockers.  Bed blocking occurs when a patient is ready for discharge, but has to stay in hospital…