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Nurse Practitioner enhances care for seniors
Nurse Practitioner enhances patient-centred care
for seniors

Stella Cruz, Nurse Practitioner, Geriatrics, in the Medicine inpatient unit at St. Joe’s. A new Nurse Practitioner role with a special focus on Geriatrics is helping the most frail and complex patients at St. Joseph's Health Centre return home safely ...


Outpatient treatment key to addiction recovery
Outpatient treatment key to addiction recovery

Since her early teens, Felicia* used alcohol to cope with her anxiety, depression and trauma from childhood abuse. At 28, the single mother was admitted to North York General (NYGH) after a suicide attempt involving prescription drugs and alcohol. As ...


Making the link between mind and body health
Making the link between mind and body health

The new hospital at the West 5th Campus of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton will bridge medical and mental healthcare to break down barriers, improve access and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. “The facts show that good mental health ...


Skill building program for people who care for family members with dementia
Skill building program for people who care for family
members with dementia

Heather, who cares for two parents with dementia, together with Dr. Joel Sadavoy at Mount Sinai Hospital. Mount Sinai Hospital was recently awarded a five-year, $2.84 million grant from the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program to develop a ...


Patients with head injuries get faster, more streamlined care at new concussion clinic
Patients with head injuries get faster, more streamlined
care at new concussion clinic

Dr. Donna Ouchterlony, director of the Head Injury Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto. Traumatic brain injuries are often difficult to diagnose and can take a long time. Opened in September 2013, St. Michael’s Hospital’s new urgent care ...

Posted: October 19, 2013|Current Print Issue, Featured, Neurology|1 comment

Measurement and teamwork matter – wait times drop for mental health services
Measurement and teamwork matter – wait times drop for
mental health services

If you don’t track it as a team, you don’t know what could be done better for patients. That’s what staff and psychiatrists learned in mental health outpatient services at Rouge Valley Centenary. Prior to getting coordinated numbers, and reviewing wait times ...


Drug use in hospitals: Is there a role for harm reduction?
Drug use in hospitals: Is there a role for
harm reduction?

Insite – a supervised injection facility located in Vancouver has shown positive results including an increase in access to addiction treatment. Drug use remains a cause of significant health and social harm for individuals, communities and the health care system. ...


A primer on progressive supranuclear palsy
A primer on progressive supranuclear palsy

Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a brain disease similar to Parkinson’s disease in its outward appearance but to Alzheimer’s disease under the microscope. It has no known effective treatment or cure. PSP affects brain cells that control walking, balance, mobility, ...

Posted: October 16, 2013|Current Print Issue, Diseases, Neurology|0 comments

Easing the transition from an adolescent day hospital program to high school
Easing the transition from an adolescent day hospital
program to high school

A.T.L.A.S Program team members gather at the Cornell Community Centre and Library to discuss the fall 2013 program start Imagine you are a 16 year old student struggling with mental illness – the thought of going to school every morning ...


Treating Schizophrenia: What’s the evidence?
Treating Schizophrenia: What’s the evidence?

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness that requires lifelong treatment. Symptoms can be highly disruptive to a patient’s life and include hallucinations, delusions, cognitive impairment, disorganized thoughts, social withdrawal, and lack of motivation. The worldwide prevalence of schizophrenia is 0.5 ...


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