Primary Care

388 articles:
by Celina Carter

Palliative care doctor bridges health-care worlds

Michael Anderson, a doctor of Mohawk and English-Canadian ancestry, is drawing on Indigenous knowledge to not only improve palliative care – but also discover his culture and himself.

by Darren Cargill

Holy health care, Batman! Do you have a plan for What if …?

What if you needed urgent medical care, but someone else had to speak on your behalf about the care that you'd receive? Advance care planning would prepare you for such a situation. Don't leave it to others to make guesses about your care.

by Darren Cargill

Western’s Centre for Palliative Care is an idea whose time has come

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.

by Anissa Chirico

Montreal mobile clinic inspires young physician to act locally

A resident reflects on volunteering with Médecins du Monde Canada as a medical student—and what that experience taught her about the crucial role that community organizations play in helping the most vulnerable.

by Darren Cargill Kieran Quinn

Virtual care evens the odds in ‘palliative care lottery’

While virtual care comes with drawbacks that must be carefully managed, it will ultimately be a huge step forward in improving access to palliative care in Ontario and Canada.

by Max Binks-Collier

‘You need not be alone anymore’: The doctor redefining palliative care

Dr. Ramona Mahtani has led an effort to integrate palliative care into siloed medical specializations throughout the pandemic. In doing so, she has put forward a bold, boundary-pushing vision of what palliative care can be.

by Peggy Hamilton

Family medicine-maternity care: A romantic idea facing an uncertain future

Physicians who practice family medicine and offer maternity care are shrinking in numbers. Their future is uncertain. What do we stand to lose?

by Darren Cargill

In praise of nurses – and Grammy

In hospice settings, nurses wet the mouths of patients as they take their last breaths. Sometimes, they simply sit with them so that no one dies alone. As a physician, I could not do my job without them.

by Darren Cargill James Downar

HOMR’s Odyssey: Calculating palliative need in real time

By using tools that identify which patients have an elevated risk of mortality in the coming year, we can catch patients who would benefit from palliative care planning before they fall through the cracks.

by Darren Cargill

Lessons from Down Under – Eight pillars to support palliative care

During the pandemic, we Canadians could learn a thing or two from our Aussie friends Down Under. This includes important lessons on palliative care.

by Darren Cargill

Bazinga! A unified model of palliative care in Ontario

To ensure access to high-quality palliative care for all Ontarians facing a life-limiting illness, we need a unified model of palliative care across Ontario.

by Darren Cargill

Focus on palliative care will help hospitals recover from COVID-19

To address the surgical backlog caused by COVID-19, we need community-based palliative care to free up important hospital resources.

by Helen Senderovich Briam Jimenez Lopez

Why choose palliative care?

You may assume that palliative care is synonymous with end-of-life or hospice care. Our goal is to eliminate this common misconception.

by Ahmed Bagit Wendy Wang Amirpouyan Namavarian Abdulwahab Sidiqi Saad Ahmed

To catch up on vaccinations, we must include family doctors, pharmacists in rollout plans

It is only through primary and community care that we will be able to vaccinate populations that are neglected and/or mistrustful of the health-care system.

by Vanessa Rambihar

Despite what you might think mid-pandemic, family medicine is more necessary than ever

Medical students must take up family medicine, since our health-care system needs strong family physicians to face the long-term impacts of COVID-19 for years to come. 

by Sonia Malhotra

The view from here: A family doctor’s perspective of a population under lockdown

If we were to weigh all health outcomes, not only deaths due to COVID-19, would we continue blunt, sweeping lockdowns as our main public health strategy?

by Cassandra Mayville-Fortin Leiya Dobson

Pandemic fears overshadowing need for primary care

The illness and the outcomes may differ between cases but the issue is ultimately the same – people are waiting too long to seek medical attention.

by Jeremy Friedman

Choosing the future of pediatrics wisely

In pediatrics, we are late to the Choosing Wisely movement. We have not yet fully appreciated the critical importance of this program.

by Denise S. Cloutier Kelli Stajduhar

If not now, when? Applying a palliative approach in long-term care

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