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#thatparent: The unfairly maligned ‘difficult’ parent in health care

31049 center The hashtag #thatparent is sometimes used by parents who are labelled “difficult” because of their advocacy in the health-care system. Why do we make them feel uncomfortable for…

Conflict at the end of life: what happens when doctors and families disagree?

Informed consent to medical treatment is one of the foundational pillars of Canadian medical law and the practice of medicine. Before administering a course of treatment, health care professionals are…

Integrative cancer care in Canada: curiosity and cautions

Joanne MacPhail was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993 at the age of forty three. At that time, her treatment included two surgeries, as well as a lengthy course of…

Planning for care at the end of life: our collective responsibility

Catherine White is a 62 year-old potter and realtor from St. Joseph Island, Ontario. In 2009 she was celebrating her 40th wedding anniversary in Cozumel, Mexico when she felt a…

Beyond tokenism: How hospitals are getting more out of patient engagement

When Frank Gavin’s son was a child, he frequently had to be rushed to the emergency department at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. One of the first things that struck…

Family Care Clinics - filling a gap or costly duplication?

During her campaign for reelection in 2012, Alberta premier Alison Redford promised to create 140 Family Care Clinics (FCCs) over three years. She articulated a vision of primary care that…

Should hospitals post emergency department waits online?

A number of Canadian hospitals have started publishing live emergency department wait times online in an effort to provide patients with expectations on how long they will have to wait…

Canadian medical schools struggle to recruit Aboriginal students

The featured image for this story is reproduced with permission from the Health Council of Canada. Illustrator: Leah Fontaine Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples have, on average, much…

Slowing growth in health care spending: temporary blip or permanent gain?

For years, health care spending in Canada (both public and private) grew much faster than the economy. Until very recently, this trend was expected to continue, casting doubt on the…

Cycle Time – the new wait time?

Bill is an elderly patient living independently at home, who recently fell and was admitted to the hospital where I work (name and minor details changed to protect his identity)….

Decision aids: why hasn’t this proven, patient-centred practice caught on?

Health care has supposedly entered an era of patient involvement, where important medical decisions are shared between doctors and patients. But many believe that the reality in Canadian health care…

Empowering the elderly in Japan: lessons for home care in Canada

It’s a question that’s been weighing on the minds of health care managers in Canada and many countries around the world: how will society meet the home and community care…

Improving hand offs between police and emergency departments

Police have been described as “street corner psychiatrists.” They are often the community resource that responds at all hours when emergency calls come in for someone in mental health crisis….

Are patients being informed about prostate cancer screening risks?

Get screened. It could save your life. Don’t get screened. There’s no evidence that screening saves lives. Get tested in your 40s. Wait until you’re 55. Get the test every…

Regulating the 'wild west' of e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes have exploded onto the market in recent years and there are multi-billion dollar questions swirling around them. Advocates say that they offer a safe and effective smoking cessation aid…

Public and private payment for health care in Canada

It is inaccurate to say that Canada has an entirely publicly funded health care system. While often described as a publicly-funded system, only about 70% of health care costs are…

Stubbornly high rates of health care worker injury

Ann Smith starting working as a bedside nurse on an Edmonton general medical unit in 2012, three years after graduating with her nursing degree. She was working a night shift…

Accessing reconstructive surgery after breast cancer treatment

One in nine Canadian women will develop breast cancer in their life time. The growth of screening programs means that breast cancer is being caught and treated earlier. Often, treatment…

Demystifying private drug plans

There are many pre-conceived notions about private drug coverage in Canada that are really myths. There are also significant differences between public and private drug plan coverage that result in…

Strengthening primary care for child and youth mental health

Chris’ story Chris is a family doctor at a Family Health Team in a Southern Ontario farming community (some details including his name have been changed to protect his and…

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