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New directions at Healthy Debate

10 Comments
  • Tamara Mcdonald says:

    I’m really looking forward to read more on this topic.

  • Denis Morrice says:

    Fantastic – great selection of board members.

  • Deirdre Freiheit says:

    Congratulations, Andreas!

  • Margaret deMello says:

    Why not make this an interdisciplinary project and include other health professionals? Physicians do not have all the answers, physical medicine is not the only paradigm for informing and guiding health policy.

    Margaret deMello MSW
    Vancouver, BC

  • Denyse Lynch says:

    Healthy Debate can evolve more fully to educate/inform/attract all stakeholders of the health system, as it affects us all, by describing the impact/effects/consequences on the human-ness i.e. physical, emotion, mental, spiritual dimensions of “all stakeholders”. I question if improvement progress is slow or solutions ineffective because policy makers, government health system planners, siloed health system elements are unconsciously unaware or, do not fully comprehend these “consequences” to daily lives, not to mention costs, resulting from the human-ness consequences not being fully considered.
    Cathy Graham’s responses 1) “he lives with the impact of quadriplegia, including being ventilator-dependent” & 2) “rather, lives with bipolar disorder” leads us to more fully being aware of the consequences to the daily lives of these 2 individuals. Thinking more fully, comprehensively and considering what/how, the condition/disease impacts and what the impacts mean to the quality of the daily lives of these individuals – i.e. physical, emotional, mental, spiritual lives and that of their loved ones, work life, social life will enable all stakeholders working as partners to develop quality, sustainable, cost effective solutions.

  • Leslie Whittington-Carter says:

    Excellent additions! It would be great to establish similar partnerships with other health professions to provide a broader perspective.

  • Susan Greenfield says:

    What an insightful idea!

  • Rita says:

    Hoping the articles also consider an interprofessional lens. It has been disappointing to see a predominantly MD-centric view in the majority of pieces.

  • Cathy Graham says:

    this is exciting news; my only feedback is some wording in your post-
    1. Drew Cumpson suffered a spinal cord injury in 2011 and is a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic who lives at home; rather, he lives with the impact of quadriplegia, including being ventilator-dependent
    2. Claude Lurette has bipolar disorder and has experienced addiction, rather, lives with bipolar disorder

    wording seems small but meaning is HUGE

  • Mari Teitelbaum says:

    Great evolution! Any of your new board members from outside Toronto?

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Andreas Laupacis

Editor-in-chief Emeritus

Andreas founded Healthy Debate in 2011. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)

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