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Telemedicine pilot improves withdrawal management care
Telemedicine pilot improves withdrawal management care

Pat Larson, Nurse Practitioner, performing a telemedicine consult. Photo credit: Kevin Holm. Since the late 1990s, the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) has offered two-way videoconferencing to increase access to patient care and education for health care professionals and patients. However, ...


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

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

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 ...


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|1 comment

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