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

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 ...


Long-awaited new mental health care facility opens in November
Long-awaited new mental health care facility opens
in November

Dignity after decades – a new era begins London’s long-awaited new mental health care facility opens in November St. Joseph’s new Mental Health Care Building, located on the grounds of what will soon be known as the Parkwood Institute, has ...


A new way to help clients with depression and alcohol use
A new way to help clients with depression and alcohol use

James* has been through periods of depression on and off for many years. He’d sought help through a number of agencies, including CAMH. In addition, James struggles with alcohol use as well as opiate substances. He was willing and ready ...

Posted: October 12, 2014|Addictions and Drugs, Mental Health|0 comments

Navigating confidentiality with suicidal youth
Navigating confidentiality with suicidal youth

Confidentiality has long been a cornerstone of professional ethics; in medicine it can be traced all the way back to the Hippocratic Oath. It stems from the recognition that patients (or clients) will reveal very personal and sensitive information to ...

Posted: October 11, 2014|Ethics|0 comments