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Smoother transitions for patients living with mental illness
Smoother transitions for patients living with
mental illness

“We have a rapport. That’s what makes it work,” says Richard Merrick about the therapeutic relationship he has with TBRHSC Psychological Associate (Supervised Practice) Maria Jones. Richard Merrick knows how challenging it can be to make the transition from hospital ...

Posted: October 29, 2014|Featured, Mental Health, Patient Care|0 comments

Teens work together to help ensure senior’s safety
Teens work together to help ensure senior’s safety

Devan (left) and Paige stand beside their Italian countryside masterpiece. Paige and Devan, both 17-years-old, are excited. They are getting ready to go to downtown Toronto to see if they can catch a glimpse of their favourite band, One Direction, ...


New guidelines for mental health disorders in pregnant and postpartum women
New guidelines for mental health disorders in pregnant
and postpartum women

As many as one in five women in BC will experience a mental health disorder during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Such disorders affect all aspects of a woman’s life, as well as that of her baby and family. If ...

Posted: October 23, 2014|Health Care Policy, Mental Health|0 comments

Partnering for patients to make transitions seamless
Partnering for patients to make transitions seamless

Part of the design team working towards seamlessly transitioning patients from hospital to home. A patient’s transition from hospital to home is a critical time in their health care journey. While hospitals and community care services are there to help, ...

Posted: October 21, 2014|Featured, Health Care Policy, Patient Care|0 comments

How mindfulness helps prevent addiction relapse
How mindfulness helps prevent addiction relapse

Doug McCaslin, an attendee of the Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention program at St. Joseph's Health Centre. Two years ago, Doug McCaslin was leading a double life. The 65-year-old was splitting his time between his home in Toronto and a job ...


When providing care, put the patient into perspective
When providing care, put the patient into perspective

Irene Wald How did 80-year old Ambrose Wald fall out of a hospital chair specifically designed to stop patients from falls? It's a question to which his daughter Irene Wald, a nurse of almost 35 years, has never received an ...

Posted: October 18, 2014|Patient Safety|0 comments

Toronto researchers develop world’s first app to help treat alcohol withdrawal
Toronto researchers develop world’s first app to help
treat alcohol withdrawal

Dr. Bjug Borgundvaag, worked with a team of researchers from U of T to create an app that will help clinicians more efficiently measure and treat alcohol withdrawal. Conditions related to the consumption of alcohol, such as alcohol withdrawal, are ...


Addiction treatments reach those who need it most
Addiction treatments reach those who need it most

From left: Leslie Ann Molnar, Social Worker/Mental Health Therapist, Dr. Meldon Kahan; Dr. Valerie Taylor; Dr. Inbal Gafni; Dr. Sheryl Spithoff. For Dr. Meldon Kahan, medical director of the Substance Use Service at Women’s College Hospital (WCH), the traditional model ...

Posted: October 17, 2014|Addictions and Drugs, Patient Care|0 comments

The Take Home Naloxone program saves lives
The Take Home Naloxone program saves lives

Royal Inland Hospital physician, Dr. Ian Mitchell, and nurse, Kirstin McLaughlin, show the Take Home Naloxone kits being distributed at the hospital’s ER. British Columbia’s pilot Take Home Naloxone (THN) program has reversed 125 opioid drug overdoses since the program ...


New app for dosing pain medication in children
New app for dosing pain medication in children

Medication is the most common pain management tool that health care professionals use to help patients through their treatment and recovery. For adults the dose is often standard, but for children, a safe and effective dose of medicine depends on ...