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- Call for Applications: *Evidence Based Library and Information Practice* Evidence Summaries Writers Call for Applications: *Evidence Based Library and Information Practice* Evidence Summaries Writers
Summaries provide critical appraisal syntheses for specific research articles. These research synopses provide readers with information regarding the original research article's validity and reliability, thus providing information on the pr [...]
- Rappel -- Appel de propositions ABSC/CHLA 2014, date limite : 20 décembre Rappel -- Appel de propositions ABSC/CHLA 2014, date limite : 20 décembre
Language Undefined Un mot pour vous rappeler que la date limite pour l'envoi de propositions (communications libres, affiches et présentations éclair) pour la conférence 2014 de l'ABSC/CHLA est le 20 décembre 2013. Pour plus de rensei [...]
- Reminder -- CHLA/ABSC 2014 Submission deadline December 20th Reminder -- CHLA/ABSC 2014 Submission deadline December 20th
Language Undefined A quick reminder that the deadline to submit your paper/poster/lightning talk for CHLA/ABSC 2014 in Montréal is Friday December 20! For more information on how to submit, visit the website:http://chla-absc.ca/confer [...]
- Appel de mises en candidature pour 2014 Appel de mises en candidature pour 2014
Des candidatures sont sollicitées pour quatre (4) postes au sein du Conseil d’administration, Coordonnateur(rice) de la formation professionnelle (C.F.P) pour la période de 2014 à 2016; Secrétaire pour la période de 2014 à 2016; Trésorier p
- Call for Nominations 2014 Call for Nominations 2014
Nominations are invited for four (4) Board positions: Continuing Education (CE) Coordinator for the period of 2014 to 2016; Secretary for the period of 2014 to 2016; Treasurer for the period of 2014 to 2015; Vice-President / President Elect [...]
- A Complication of Paper Faxes? A Complication of Paper Faxes?
Received any recent faxed consultation reports from a colleague or diagnostic imaging reports from your local hospital? Most of these are accompanied by a cover sheet. Great in the paper world, however a real challenge when using an EMR. Co [...]
- Too Many Doctors in Canada? Too Many Doctors in Canada?
Recently there has been a great deal of coverage in the media regarding the surplus of doctors in Canada. An article in the November 5th Medical Post by Steven Lewis, health policy and research consultant based in Saskatoon and an...
- Use of Digital Cameras in Clinical Settings Use of Digital Cameras in Clinical Settings
The widespread availability of digital cameras (standalone, computer-based, in mobile phones) has made images broadly available for entertainment as well as for clinical teaching purposes. However, there are ethical and privacy issues that [...]
- Future Practice - September 2013 Future Practice - September 2013
The latest issue of Future Practice explores the changing world of eHealth, provides an overview of the current and potential future state of provincial EMR funding programs and looks at how doctors are using Twitter. Dr. Steve Hawrylyshyn [...]
- EMR Proficiency - Have You Received Enough Training? EMR Proficiency - Have You Received Enough Training?
EMRs are complex software applications. The basic capabilities such as clinical documentation, writing a prescription and viewing lab results are generally easy to use, but what about the more sophisticated functions? Think about your forma [...]
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 [...]
- Integrating Physician Assistants in Canada Integrating Physician Assistants in Canada
After several decades working in the Canadian military, Physician Assistants (PAs) are being introduced into provincial health care systems. This year, Alberta launched a two-year demonstration project to integrate PAs into selected clinica [...]
- What is the best treatment for sleepwalking? What is the best treatment for sleepwalking?
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 The Question: I am a sleepwalker and I’m afraid I migh [...]
- Conflict at the end of life: what happens when doctors and families disagree? 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 expected to ensure that their patients [...]
- What are the risks of taking a recently introduced medication? What are the risks of taking a recently introduced medication?
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 The Question: I have diabetes and my doctor has prescr [...]
- How do I access medical records of a deceased relative? How do I access medical records of a deceased relative?
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 The question: I live in Ontario and my father recently [...]
Info Long-Term Care
- Living well through Activity in Care Homes Living well through Activity in Care Homes
Written by the College of Occupational Therapists, Living well through activity in care homes, is a comprehensive workbook featuring examples of activities that care home staff can organize with residents. There are 5 workbooks, each [...]
- Talking Mats App Talking Mats App
Free, available on Apple devices and Android.Talking Mats is a well-established communication tool to assist children and adults who have difficulty communicating. The app version of the tool was recently released on iTunes and Go [...]
- Prevalence of and factors associated with head impact during falls in older adults in long-term care Prevalence of and factors associated with head impact during falls in older adults in long-term care
Published freely by CMAJ, November 19, 2013.Falls cause more than 60% of head injuries in older adults. This study analyzed video footage to determine the frequency of and risk factors for head impact during falls in older adults in 2 long- [...]
- CareSearch palliative care knowledge network CareSearch palliative care knowledge network
CareSearchis a comprehensive resource portal designed to help healthcare professionals, caregivers, families and patients find information on palliative care. The website is edited and reviewed by experts in the field and is funded by [...]
- Dementia Special Care Units in Residential Care Communities: United States, 2010 Dementia Special Care Units in Residential Care Communities: United States, 2010
The NCHS data brief 134 from November 2013 outlines the latest statistics on dementia special care units in the United States. Key findings from the report:17% of residential care communities had a dementia special care unit (2010)13% of be [...]
- #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 [...]
- Building the Professional Voice of Nurses Building the Professional Voice of Nurses
Steven Lewis – President of Access Consulting Ltd Adjunct Professor of Health Policy, Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University At the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association National Conference in Saskatoon, I had th [...]
- Healthy food policies at risk Healthy food policies at risk
The Globe & Mail has a story about our most recent commentary, on the cluttering of Canadian federal government food policy committees with food sector representatives whose financial interest isn’ t necessarily the same as the public i [...]
- Pressing the Open Access Button Pressing the Open Access Button
The world of open information is so new and humming with ideas that it’s hard to divine what’s likely to stick. This is a good place to check out some of the newest initiatives. Here’s one: Open Access Button lets anyone flag incidents wher [..
- The end of antibiotics, period? The end of antibiotics, period?
Twenty years ago, I wrote a paper for my high school biology class on the not-much-discussed topic of antibiotic resistance. What I learned seemed like science fiction; due to overuse and improper use of antibiotics, we faced a return to th [...]
- Media release: Trends in HIV prevalence, new diagnoses, and mortality in Ontario Media release: Trends in HIV prevalence, new diagnoses, and mortality in Ontario
Open MedicineA peer-reviewed, independent, open-access journal.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETrends in HIV prevalence, new HIV diagnoses, and mortality among adults with HIV who entered care in Ontario,1996/1997 to 2009/2010: a population-based stud [...]
- About Science and open access About Science and open access
In a clever sting operation, Science magazine revealed recently that many of the open access science journals that have proliferated in the last few years are not what they ought to be. As you can read in much more detail here, the magazine [...]
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
- 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
- Community health aides help with nursing shortages and cultural safety Community health aides help with nursing shortages and cultural safety
- One home care program for everyone: Bella Coola, British Columbia One home care program for everyone: Bella Coola, British Columbia
- Supporting Métis seniors and families Supporting Métis seniors and families
UBC: A Place of Mind
- Travel at your own risk Travel at your own risk
Before I left on my trip to Ghana I chatted with a colleague that had been here before. As she was sharing stories of her experience, she commented that “Africa roads are death”. I didn’t ask anything about her statement, but it stuck with [..
- Delish Delight! Delish Delight!
While it is true that UBC students get spoiled with some yummy snacks from BlueChip cookies and bubble tea, how often do we get to munch on Macarons on campus? Well, this past term, Dollar Project was thinking of a successful fundraiser eve [...]
- Recent UBC grad shares perspectives on mental health Recent UBC grad shares perspectives on mental health
Everyone has mental health and some face challenges related to mental illness. UBC students are no exception, with depression reported as one of the most common mental health concerns. Joshua Beharry, a recent UBC graduate, just launched a [...]
- The Ryan Watters Show - Mitch Goodwin The Ryan Watters Show - Mitch Goodwin
The UBC Okanagan mens basketball team won their first of the season on Friday night in the RyanWatters.ca November Game of the Month. Mitch Goodwin with 27 points was named the WildPlay Elements Park Player of the Game. He talked with Ryan [...]
- The Ryan Watters Show - Emily Kanester The Ryan Watters Show - Emily Kanester
The UBC Okanagan Heat women's team took down the UNBC Timberwolves 77-72 on Friday night as the RyanWatters.ca November Game of the Month. Emily Kanester was named the WildPlay Elements Park Player of the Game and she talked with Ryan Watte [...]
- Serving Sizes Have Grown In Both Directions You Know Serving Sizes Have Grown In Both Directions You Know
Good old The Onion.Today's Funny Friday video is their report on the amazing skill of Americans (and I'll add Canadians) at compressing overly large sandwiches to fit into our mouths.(I'm pretty good at this too if I do say so myself)Have a [...]
- Guest Post: I Am a Doctor, But I Don't Play One on TV Guest Post: I Am a Doctor, But I Don't Play One on TV
Today's guest post comes from my friend and colleague Dr. Valerie Taylor. Dr. Taylor is the Psychiatrist-in-chief at Women's College Hospital and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. She is currently the mental health lead f [...]
- Guest Post: In Pursuit of Good (Enough) by Jeannie Marshall Guest Post: In Pursuit of Good (Enough) by Jeannie Marshall
Photo by Sean GanannIn case you weren't aware, I'm a huge Jeannie Marshall fan. I reviewed her first book, Outside the Box: Why Our Children Need Real Food Not Food Products way back when and we've been periodically in touch ever since. A l [...]
- Guest Post: Book Review - Food To Eat (for Eating Disorder Recovery) Guest Post: Book Review - Food To Eat (for Eating Disorder Recovery)
Today's guest posting comes from our office's RD Rob Lazzinarro who reviewed fellow RD Lori Lieberman and her co-author Cate Sangster's Food to Eat: guided, hopeful & trusted recipes for eating disorder recovery. Truthfully I've had thi [...]
- Parental "No" Files: Doctor Specific/My Life Edition Parental "No" Files: Doctor Specific/My Life Edition
This past weekend MD Management, a physician specific investment group, generously hosted Ottawa MDs and their children to a sneak preview of Disney's new movie Frozen (it was great BTW, and only one very indirect body image reference and n [...]