Blog of the Canadian Health Libraries Association
- First Month as your President First Month as your President
Language Undefined AttachmentSize Michelle Leblanc647.7 KB Gavel handover Charlotte to Lee-Anne 2014676.14 KB It is now just over a month after the 2014 CHLA Conference and earlier today I found myself still going to look [...]
- Posters Promoting Health Librarians 2014 Posters Promoting Health Librarians 2014
Here are three newly-branded posters — a collaboration between the Medical Library Association (MLA) & the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA/ABSC). Note the TWO logos at the bottom of each poster. As your CHLA/ASBC Public Rela [...]
- Le rapport annuel de l'ABSC 2013-2014 est disponible en ligne! Le rapport annuel de l'ABSC 2013-2014 est disponible en ligne!
La version plus récente du Rapport annuel 2013-2014 de l'ABSC est maintenant disponible en ligne pour nos membres. Il est un excellent moyen de voir en un coup d'oeil (seulement 20 pages!) ce qui s'est passé avec votre association durant l' [...]
- CHLA Annual Report 2013-2014 now available online! CHLA Annual Report 2013-2014 now available online!
The most current draft of the 2013-2014 CHLA Annual Report is now available online for our members. It is a great way to see at a glance (just 20 pages!) what has happened with your association over the past year. A bit of light reading as [...]
- Googling the Grey Literature MLA Online CE Course Googling the Grey Literature MLA Online CE Course
Language English OHLA and the Partnership are co-sponsoring an online CE opportunity worth 4.0 Medical Library Association CE credits. Any member of a provincial or territorial can attend at the member rate. When: July 15, 17, 22 & [...]
- Can you be Trained as a Medical Transcriptionist Online? Can you be Trained as a Medical Transcriptionist Online?
By Frida Cooper Aug 6, 2014 - Alright! So you have decided to be a medical transcriptionist. Congratulations! Great decision! Medical transcription is booming and these professionals are in demand everywhere, whether it’s a doctor’s office [...]
- Upcoming Webinar - Thinking About Starting Your Independent Medical Practice Upcoming Webinar - Thinking About Starting Your Independent Medical Practice
On Thursday April 3, 2014, I will be participating in a free Webinar at 12 noon MST (11am PST). Some of the questions that will be covered include: When is the right time to start an independent medical practice? What...
- Significant Changes for BC - PITO Program Significant Changes for BC - PITO Program
In a letter to members sent out on March 12, 2014 by Doctors of BC (formally BCMA) President, Dr. William Cunningham confirmed that significant changes are about to take place with respect to the PITO funding program. In summary: The...
- TELUS Health acquires BC-based EMR provider Med Access Inc. TELUS Health acquires BC-based EMR provider Med Access Inc.
Vancouver, B.C. – TELUS Health has acquired 100% of the shares of Med Access Inc., a leading Kelowna-based company providing electronic medical record (EMR) services to 2,000 specialty and general practice physicians in B.C., Alberta, Saska [...]
- Patient Health Records - A Case Study Patient Health Records - A Case Study
A practice in Chilliwack, British Columbia is using a patient health record system to share results, medication information and appointment results. “Imagine having a patient who’s in Halifax experiencing a cardiac event; and the hospital t [...]
Good for You!
- Why acupuncture works Why acupuncture works
For centuries, people in pain have turned to acupuncture. And for nearly as long, people have tried to figure out how and why the poking practice seems to work. An essential component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncturists strive [...]
- The bedtime ritual that may keep you awake The bedtime ritual that may keep you awake
We’re all creatures of habit, and bedtime is rife with habits and rituals - both good and bad - that cue our bodies that it’s time for beddy-bye. Kids demand one more glass of water or another read-through of an oft-read storyb [...]
- Eat a snack that soothes stress Eat a snack that soothes stress
Imagine you have a stressful event ahead of you - a mid-morning presentation or a blind date or whatever puts you on edge. Envision your frazzled nerves and your sweaty palms - and add to that a rumbling, anxious stomach. What would you eat [...]
- HPV: Pass it on? HPV: Pass it on?
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections out there. The thing about HPV is that there are over 100 types of the virus, and it often reveals no symptoms. Some strains of HPV may pop up as cold [...]
- How cooking affects antioxidants How cooking affects antioxidants
We hear so much about the health benefits of antioxidants. And many of us actively try to squeeze as many of the cancer-fighting, cell-supportive nutrients into our diets as possible. Fruits and vegetables are the out-and-out champs when i [...]
- Hospital parking: health care’s controversial cost Hospital parking: health care’s controversial cost
Shalimar Novak is sick of paying for parking. The social worker has been to Toronto’s Mount Sinai once or twice a week recently for appointments related to her pregnancy, and paid about $15 every time. “It definitely adds up, [...]
- Options limited when second shoulder surgery fails Options limited when second shoulder surgery fails
The Personal Health Navigator is available to all Canadian patients. Questions about your doctor, hospital or how to navigate the health care system can be sent to AskPaul@Sunnybrook.ca Question: I am a 60-year-old female. I have had two ro [...]
- The status of physician-assisted death and euthanasia in Canada The status of physician-assisted death and euthanasia in Canada
When Canadians saw the video from Donald Low pleading for physician-assisted death, it sparked a nationwide conversation on the issue. The public had grown used to seeing Mount Sinai Hospital’s microbiologist-in-chief at press confere [...]
- What you need to know before consenting to medical treatment What you need to know before consenting to medical treatment
The Personal Health Navigator is available to all Canadian patients. Questions about your doctor, hospital or how to navigate the health care system can be sent to AskPaul@Sunnybrook.ca Question: I had a major operation at an Ontario hospit [...]
- Does non-celiac gluten sensitivity really exist? Does non-celiac gluten sensitivity really exist?
When Linda Kerr’s son’s growth flatlined, a doctor suggested the teen might benefit from a gluten-free diet. In support, she tried the diet with him. Her son eventually decided he wasn’t going to follow it, but it did have an unexpected eff [.
Info Long-Term Care
- Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care to People with Cognitive and Behavioral Health Conditions Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care to People with Cognitive and Behavioral Health Conditions
From the AARP Public Policy Institute, Insight on the Issues series, this paper reports on results from a national survey showing that caregivers of family members with challenging behaviors were more likely to perform more than one medical [...]
- Prevention, Screening, Diagnosis and Support for Persons with Developmental Disabilities who develop Dementia Prevention, Screening, Diagnosis and Support for Persons with Developmental Disabilities who develop Dementia
Adults with developmental disabilities are increasingly presenting themselves at long-term care facilities with concerns related to dementia and growing older. Prevention, Screening, Diagnosis and Support for Persons with Developmenta [...]
- Multi-faith Practices: A guide for caregivers Multi-faith Practices: A guide for caregivers
The Multi-faith practices: a guide for caregivers pamphlet is published by the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA). This user-friendly resource is a practical guide for long-term care staff and [...]
- Vital Talk Vital Talk
Vital Talk is a non-profit organization, created and managed by physicians with the mission of creating stronger connections between patients and clinicians. The organization specializes in developing and facilitating advanced [...]
- FRR: Find Rehab Resources App FRR: Find Rehab Resources App
The FRR: Find Rehab Resources App developed by a group of librarians at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute is a free resource that quickly links to some of the best available, free, evidence-based resources on the Internet for rehabilitat [...]
- Supporting patients using online tools to collect health data Supporting patients using online tools to collect health data
Sally Okun RN - Vice President for Advocacy, Policy and Patient Safety. In her work with PatientsLikeMe Sally has worked on the standardizing the language of patient information. This creates new insight and understanding of patients, where [...]
- #RNchat on Patient Education #RNchat on Patient Education
Patient education is something we often talk about in nursing, and regularly do during the normal care of our day. The challenge is that time is often short, and patients do not always retain the information the first time. I know it took m [...]
- Nursing impact on 30-day re-admission Nursing impact on 30-day re-admission
The Article: Hospital nursing and 30-day readmission among medicare patients with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, and pneumonia Big Idea: Generally a health work enivonrment, lower nure patient ratios and more educated nurses ar [...]
- Can daily bathing with chlorhexidine reduce hospital aquired infection? Can daily bathing with chlorhexidine reduce hospital aquired infection?
The Article: Effect of Daily Chlorhexidine Bathing on Hospital-Aquired Infection [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23388005] Big Idea: Can using chlorhexidine impregnated cloths to bed bath patients reduce rates of Multi-Drug Resistant Or [...]
- How can nurses help hospitals save blood? How can nurses help hospitals save blood?
Marianne de Bretan-Berg – Perioperative Blood Conservation Coodinator This spring I had the opportunity to interview Marianne de Bretan-Berg, a Perioperative Blood Conservation Coordinator at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Nurses a [...]
- Getting medical marijuana laws right Getting medical marijuana laws right
An interesting piece today relating to Canada's evolving laws on medical marijuana. The general issue is in the news all the time, these days, in everything from the business section to sports. And of course, Open Medicine has covered the i [...]
- CBC News on Joep Lange, triple therapy for HIV, and Dr. Lange''s links to the Canadian research community CBC News on Joep Lange, triple therapy for HIV, and Dr. Lange''s links to the Canadian research community
"If we can get cold Coca–Cola and beer to every remote corner of Africa, it should not be impossible to do the same with drugs."More on Joep Lange, who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/malaysia-airlines-fl [...]
- Healthcare system woes Healthcare system woes
A recent report from the Commonwealth Fund, a non-profit, private American foundation, compares the U.S. healthcare system with a number of its international counterparts. The study uses a number of measures to determine success, and tries [...]
- Drug development in the sharing economy Drug development in the sharing economy
Sharing—what a concept. With scientific research tending in two directions—on one hand, towards more proprietary knowledge and more expensive and limited access, and on the other, towards open data and open access publications—it is interes [..
- Media release: Guide to noninferiority trials for novel therapies Media release: Guide to noninferiority trials for novel therapies
A clinician’s guide to the assessment and interpretation of noninferiority trials for novel therapiesOpen MedicineA peer-reviewed, independent, open-access journal.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEA new paper published today in Open Medicine offers a g [...]
sharing info on Social Media in Canadian Healthcare
- Studying the impact of YouTube on health education: Can you help? Studying the impact of YouTube on health education: Can you help?
The “Be Sweet to Babies” research team from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (lead by Dr. Denise Harrison) is conducting a study using YouTube as a means to widely disseminate health information to parents and he [...]
- My new (fiscal) year’s resolution My new (fiscal) year’s resolution
Hello Dear SMiCH, My new (fiscal) year’s resolution is to not neglect you so! I miss you dearly. #hcsmca, I miss you too. Back-and-reenergized!
- Measuring Reputation Measuring Reputation
Today’s post is from Dave Bourne, corporate communications manager at the Scarborough Hospital, and curator of SMiCH’s stats & graphs section. __________ Measuring Reputation One of the more frequently discussed topics among [...]
- Liabililty and social media Liabililty and social media
Before I start off, let me remind everyone that I’m no lawyer and no legal expert. Caveats aside, I learnt something interesting that I thought I’d share. When Canadian physicians provide medical advice on-line, that advice is [...]
- Safe Sex 3.0: YWCA Safety Siren & Changing Sexual Discourse Safe Sex 3.0: YWCA Safety Siren & Changing Sexual Discourse
A few weeks ago I participated in a great #hcsmca chat about mobile apps. Like everyone else and their dog, I’ve sat daydreaming about mobile apps and all the cool things we could do with them, “if only”. (You know…i [...]
The Health Council of Canada
- Looking at health care system performance: Lessons from the Commonwealth Fund survey Looking at health care system performance: Lessons from the Commonwealth Fund survey
- How queueing theory can improve wait times How queueing theory can improve wait times
- The Home First philsophy - creating safe transitions for patients from acute care to home The Home First philsophy - creating safe transitions for patients from acute care to home
- Something more must be done to address the health challenges of Aboriginal seniors Something more must be done to address the health challenges of Aboriginal seniors
- Online education about elder care for community-based health care providers Online education about elder care for community-based health care providers
UBC: A Place of Mind
- 100th Anniversary of Passenger Pigeon Extinction 100th Anniversary of Passenger Pigeon Extinction
Written by Darren Irwin, Acting Director of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Professor of Zoology, UBC.“The air was literally filled with pigeons; the light of noonday was obscured as by an eclipse; . . . pigeons were still passing in undi [...]
- Photo Gallery from Rez Move-in Photo Gallery from Rez Move-in
Pictures taken during the new student campus residence move-in on Sunday Aug 31.
- Weekend trip! Weekend trip!
I am MAD!!!!! I had this beautiful post all done up and ready to be edited about my weekend trip to Huasteca…and…ITS GONE! Argh. Internet problems, let me tell you. But you don’t want to know what could have been. So let [...]
- Move-in weekend welcomes students, parents to UBC Move-in weekend welcomes students, parents to UBC
Once again the UBC Okanagan Heat will be on hand Sunday morning to move the masses of first year students into their new homes.
- Volunteers needed for second annual Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon Volunteers needed for second annual Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon
The Heat Cross Country Running team is looking for anyone from campus to help with a variety of roles.
- Saturday Stories: History, Mammoths, and the Most Important Story on Earth Saturday Stories: History, Mammoths, and the Most Important Story on Earth
Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker asks if it helps to know history?Wait But Why with a great piece on taming your inner mammoth.And Matti Friedman in Tablet with a fascinating piece that in 3 days has been shared over 50,000x on how and why the [...]
- The Onion Reports on Subway's New Footlong Marketing Campaign The Onion Reports on Subway's New Footlong Marketing Campaign
Stay with today's Funny Friday video right until the end to ensure you don't miss the amazing dig at Taco Bell.Have a great weekend!Horrified Subway Execs Assumed People Were Buying Footlongs To Share With A Friend [...]
- Coca-Cola Never, Ever, Markets to Kids - Scholar's Choice Edition Coca-Cola Never, Ever, Markets to Kids - Scholar's Choice Edition
You know Coca-Cola would never ever target kids with their advertising, right?I mean that's what they told me in a medical journal once, and no doubt Coca-Cola branded Barbie dolls aren't meant for children, nor was this rated for ages 4 an [...]
- Deep Thoughts with Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) Deep Thoughts with Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman)
Of all the male TV personas out there, there's none I'm more fond of than Park and Recreation's Ron Swanson, and while this isn't technically a Ron Swanson Funny Friday video, I'm pretty sure everything Nick Offerman ever says will for me b [...]
- Saturday Stories: So Many Links! Saturday Stories: So Many Links!
Michael Specter with a longread in The New Yorker covering anti-GMO crusader Vandana Shiva.Alex Parker in Mother Jones with the killer headline question, "Should we regulate poop as a drug?"Benjamin Breen with a delightful piece in The Appe [...]