A note from the editor

Healthy Debate will only be infrequently publishing new articles for the last week of July and first week of August as the Healthy Debate team goes on much needed vacation.

Article
by Seema Marwaha

A vaccine passport or identification system is a way to provide official proof of immunization when taking part in higher-risk activities. We break down what it looks like, who is doing it and what the ethical considerations might be.

Article
by Sophia Ikura Christopher Doig Andreas Laupacis

From the archives but relevant to today. This article lays out some of the important things to consider when deciding whether or not to make vaccination of health care workers mandatory.

Opinion
by Carolin Kroeger Sara Rotenberg

The extreme heat wave that recently boiled Canada is just a preview of what the future holds in store. It's high time we began preparing for dangerous heat in the future. Here are some ways we can start.

Opinion
by Darren Cargill

Western University may open an institute meant to foster cross-disciplinary innovation in the field of palliative care. If fully realized, it could transform health care in southwestern Ontario. Now, let's go even farther.

Opinion
by Bob Parke

In the spirit of reconciliation and to address racial injustice in health care, we need to be advocates to amend current health laws to create culturally safe environments.

The learning health system: A special series

Article
by Wendy Glauser

Mental and physical health are often treated separately, even though they're closely linked. That disconnect can be even worse for seniors, whose care is often fragmented to begin with. But one program is trying to change that.

Article
by Wendy Glauser

Health-care organizations don’t usually have R&D departments; instead, researchers typically apply for grants for one-off studies. That’s a problem—but one that could be changing.

Opinion
by Zoey Jones Jennifer Akerman Robin Mason

The pandemic has been stressful for everyone, but for people with diabetes who experience social marginalization and inequity, that stress can be especially dangerous.

Opinion
by Trevor Hancock

The government agency CIHR released two documents meant to address issues important to the health of Canadians and direct research toward them. But both are unforgivably ignorant of the importance of the ecological determinants of health.

Opinion
by Don Melady Frank Molnar

In our hospitals, we have no systems in place to identify people living with dementia, measure how many there are or how their dementia impacts our care. And hospitals are not implementing programs to improve.

Opinion
by Pamela Fuselli

Has the pandemic, which showed us the importance of preventive measures like social distancing, taught us a larger lesson about the importance of preventing injuries that cut lives too short and cost us too much?

Article
by Rachel Watts

A recent stem cell transplant has cured a man of sickle cell disease, raising hopes among patient advocates. However, they emphasize that, for now, improving care for most patients requires removing racist barriers in health care.

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by Wendy Glauser

The siloes in Canadian health systems can decrease the quality of care patients receive. But Ontario Health Teams are trying to address this problem by bringing primary care, hospital and community providers together.

Special Series

Pillars of the Pandemic is a new series acknowledging the deep commitment and exemplary contribution to public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic by honouring health professionals and volunteers who have gone above and beyond. Coming soon.

Special Series

In partnership with AMS Healthcare, Healthy Debate is publishing a series of seven articles that explores the relationship between technology and compassion in the field of health care today, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.