Addictions and Drugs
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, ...
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Developing mental health services for children and teens
Tyler* Tyler lived in a dream world. It was a place filled with terror, suspicion, paranoia and voices. The voices told him of the conspiracy only he was to know about and his super powers protected him from danger. He had the ...
Breaking down barriers to mental healthcare
An estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness—yet less than 20 per cent will receive treatment. An estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness—yet less than 20 per cent will ...
An opioid crisis?
One in every eight deaths among young adults is related to opioid overdose One in every eight deaths among young adults is related to opioid overdose The misuse and abuse of opioids -- strong painkillers such as morphine, codeine and oxycodone ...
Not just a diploma: CAMH students R.E.A.C.H. for the top
R.E.A.C.H. program students Noah Marks, Aidan Crump, Shannie Hansa and Chelsea Leger-Watt. “I’ve been waiting for this day for a really long time.” Eighteen-year-old Chelsea Leger-Watt says these words just after her high school graduation. She smiles a lot the day ...
Education and Professional Development
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Education and Professional Development
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Health Care Policy
At the hospital, provincial, and even federal level, those responsible for running our health care system are developing solutions to address the rising […]Read more →
Gang Zhou dreamed of becoming a doctor, but he didn’t know where to start. It was 2013 and Gang had just moved to […]Read more →
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In Ontario, health care has long been one of the healthier economic sectors to work in. And it may well be the healthiest […]Read more →
Volunteers have always played an instrumental role at Holland Bloorview, helping to create a world of possibility for kids with disability in our […]Read more →
The challenge for jurisdictions funding the Canadian health care system is determining how to provide the best possible care for the best possible […]Read more →
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Everyone remembers that one special comforting toy or blanket they had as a child. How a hug could make almost any sadness or […]Read more →
Almost 70 years ago, six-month-old Norma Nicholson was found by a police officer outside the gates of her father’s house in Kingston, Jamaica […]Read more →
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From the CEO's Desk
Meet Sarah. Sarah was a 26 year-old newly graduated teacher who always dreamed of getting married. She had a met and subsequently became […]Read more →
Every once in a while, the debate on vaccine safety and efficacy surfaces in the news and on social media. The most infamous […]Read more →
The Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Montreal, Quebec is one of the few long-term care centres in Canada to have a Centre […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Digitization of paper records is a necessary component in every organization’s evolution to fully electronic records systems. For Canadian hospitals already under pressure […]Read more →
Geriatrics and Aging
Supporting seniors to stay healthy in their home is one of the health care system’s greatest challenges; accomplishing it is one of Fraser […]Read more →
Health Care Policy
Communities across Ontario are seeing a shift in demographics. Populations are growing and aging. As a result of this new reality, hospitals are […]Read more →