Blog of the Canadian Health Libraries Association
- 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 & [...]
- NAHLA Chapter Report May 2014 NAHLA Chapter Report May 2014
Language Undefined AttachmentSize Chapter report86.1 KB Our Spring report. CHLA: Chapters
- 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 [...]
- Highlight - QHR Technologies Highlight - QHR Technologies
Congratulations to Kelowna-based QHR Technologies, developer of the Accuro EMR, which has just been named one of only 50 employers on the Canada Top Small & Medium Employers for 2014 list. Canada’s Small & Medium Employers is organized by 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 [...]
- The surprising science behind evidence-based hospital design The surprising science behind evidence-based hospital design
Rahel Yetbarek sits with her feet up, looking out onto the city and the large swath of treed land that surrounds the freeway below her. The nurse is taking in the view over her lunch break, from the 10th floor rooftop garden at Bridgepoint, [...]
- Patient flow: Why was my mom left in the hospital hallway? Patient flow: Why was my mom left in the hospital hallway?
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: My mother was recently in the hospital recov [...]
- Despite Ontario’s Northern Health Travel Grant, some still pay out of pocket Despite Ontario’s Northern Health Travel Grant, some still pay out of pocket
When Nan Normand’s husband had quintuple bypass surgery, it cost them $1,500. It wasn’t the operation that was pricey, but the travel. The couple went from Kenora, a small city near the Ontario-Manitoba border, to Hamilton for the surgery. [
- Breast cancer patients need more access to reconstruction surgery Breast cancer patients need more access to reconstruction surgery
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 have recently been diagnosed with breast c [...]
- Should patients be told about incidental findings from genetic testing? Should patients be told about incidental findings from genetic testing?
Genomics is moving at a lightning pace. Whole genome sequencing, a special type of genetic test, can produce much more information about a person’s genes than ever before. However, this rapid advance in technology has outpaced our ability t [...]
Info Long-Term Care
- Alive Inside Trailer Alive Inside Trailer
We've mentioned the organization Music and Memory, on the blog before, but with the release of the official trailer for Alive Inside, a movie based on the work of this non-profit organization, we thought we would mention them again. T [...]
- Obesity in an Ageing Society: Implication for health, physical function and health service utilization Obesity in an Ageing Society: Implication for health, physical function and health service utilization
Obesity is a chronic disease defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a condition of abnormal or excessive fat accumulation, to the extent that health maybe impaired.The combination of an ageing population and a continually increas [...]
- Geriatric Pain Knowledge Assessment Geriatric Pain Knowledge Assessment
Pain in long-term care residents is often difficult to assess and manage. Consequently, the National Geriatric Pain Collaborative developed the web site Geriatricpain.org (previously featured on Info-LTC), which provides long-term car [...]
- One Chance to Get it Right: Improving people's experience of care in the last few days and hours of life One Chance to Get it Right: Improving people's experience of care in the last few days and hours of life
The Liverpool Care Pathway developed in the 1990’s was a generic model intended to replicate palliative care across settings. In 2013, the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP), a coalition of 21 national organizati [...]
- Sexualities and Dementia: Education Resource for Health Professionals Sexualities and Dementia: Education Resource for Health Professionals
Sexualities and Dementiais an e-learning resource intended for healthcare professionals who support caregivers and individuals with dementia living in long-term care. The resource, written by Dr. Cindy Jones and produced by the Dement [...]
- #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 [...]
- 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
- From brownies and Bundt cakes to running water in India From brownies and Bundt cakes to running water in India
Students organize fund-raiser dessert buffet to build a well in Andhra Pradesh It was the case of two opposites: the decadence of dessert and a village in India with no clean water. For a group of students from UBC’s Okanagan campus, the id [...]
- Student-led events in your Faculty Student-led events in your Faculty
The Undergraduate Society in your faculty will host events during your first few weeks at UBC to help you have fun, meet people and find your place in your Faculty community.
- International students: Your orientations experience looks like this International students: Your orientations experience looks like this
Whether you're arriving in August for Jump Start or in September, you have an exciting orientations experience ahead of you.
- AMS Firstweek AMS Firstweek
The AMS, your student government, hosts a range of events during your first week of school.
- Domestic students: Your orientations experience looks like this Domestic students: Your orientations experience looks like this
You're in for a treat. Tuesday, September 2nd marks the first day of the Fall term and Imagine UBC.
- No, I Won't Debate Whether or Not Jell-O Cures Cancer No, I Won't Debate Whether or Not Jell-O Cures Cancer
It's simply too stupid to discuss.I guess that's the impolite way to explain the "burden of proof" fallacy in which someone, usually a cranky Twitter or Facebook troll, challenges you to prove that their particular position of nonsensical s [...]
- Saturday Stories: Shalom, Motherf***er, Letters and Crossfit Saturday Stories: Shalom, Motherf***er, Letters and Crossfit
Shalom, Motherf***er - an amazing visceral and heartfelt piece by Eitan Chitayat that jumped from being a personal posting on his Facebook page on Wednesday, to a blog piece in Times of Israel that as of Friday (when I'm writing this) has b [...]
- Mornings a Misery without Coffee? This Ad Nails That. Mornings a Misery without Coffee? This Ad Nails That.
Today's Funny Friday is an old commercial for Folgers coffee.They nailed it.Have a great day! Related StoriesThe Blues are the Same in any LanguageHow Can I Not Jump on the Hedgehog Birthday Cake B [...]
- Guest Post: A Response to Fruits are NOT Vegetables Guest Post: A Response to Fruits are NOT Vegetables
Last week saw a guest posting from RD Rob Lazzinnaro who is concerned that by lumping fruits and vegetables together we give marketers the ammunition to sell us fruit-washed junk food as well as risking personal dietary caloric excess. Toda [...]
- Fear the Nutrition Guru Whose Opinions Don't Change Fear the Nutrition Guru Whose Opinions Don't Change
Nutrition is anything but a set-in-stone science. It's staggeringly difficult to study as it's near impossible to control for the myriad of confounding variables that might influence outcomes, study durations are too short, and dietary self [...]