In the News

In the News

In the News highlights current media articles related to nursing practice topics. The page also includes new research study findings in health services in the media.

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New Canadian network unites healthcare centres specializing in Crohn's, colitis

May 11 2016

Research and treatment centres across the country are coming together to form Canada's first national network dedicated to Crohn's disease and colitis, the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease.
The new network, called Promoting Access and Care through Centres of Excellence (PACE), will be the largest Canadian network for patients living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Approximately 250,000 Canadians live with either of the two diseases, according to Crohn's and Colitis Canada.

Read more...CTV News

When health 'care' proves fatal

May 9 2016

Winnipeggers know only too well tragedy can happen when hospitals don’t do their jobs, when medical staff ignore patients or fall down in the quality of care that is expected from them. But the cases that make headlines — Brian Sinclair, Dorothy Madden, Mohinder Singh, to name three — are just the most spectacular and public. The fact is medical errors cause pain and suffering — and death — in many more instances never heard of, and most are never recorded as mistakes.

Read more...Winnipeg Free Press

Linking hospital patient deaths to weekend staffing a major 'oversimplification'

May 11 2016

Increasing weekend staffing, and the availability of doctors in particular, is unlikely to resolve the problem that patients admitted to hospitals on a Saturday or Sunday in the United Kingdom appear to be at increased risk of death, say researchers behind two new studies published in The Lancet.
older female patient in hospital bed receiving care

The term "weekend effect" arose from research that suggests rates of death are higher among patients admitted to U.K. hospitals at the weekend, compared with those admitted during the week.

Studies on the weekend effect have had a significant effect on health policy and given rise to much controversy and debate.

U.K. policymakers - including the Secretary of State and Department of Health - have stated the weekend effect is caused by a lack of hospital specialists on duty on Saturdays and Sundays, and they are changing doctors' terms of employment to ensure high quality of care is available 7 days a week.

Read more...MNT

BMJ editor Fiona Godlee takes on corruption in science

Apr 19 2016

It's unusual to watch one of the world's most powerful editors in scientific publishing play with a marionette puppet.

But Dr. Fiona Godlee, editor of the BMJ, specializes in the unexpected.

The puppet she's holding is dressed as a doctor, complete with a stethoscope around its neck. Its strings represent the hidden hand of the pharmaceutical industry. 

Godlee keeps it on her desk to remind her of the dark forces at work in science and medicine. And she is blunt about the results.

"I think we have to call it what it is. It is the corruption of the scientific process."

Read more...CBC News

New Tools Help Patients Make Tough Decisions In the ER

Apr 25 2016

In the emergency room, patients may expect doctors to call all the shots about tests and treatments. But increasingly, ER physicians are asking patients to participate more in critical decisions about care, such as whether to opt for surgery or undergo a scan with radiation exposure.

Making such choices can be daunting for patients and families, but in cases where the diagnosis isn’t life-threatening, there is often more than one reasonable option for care: Many children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis may be successfully treated with antibiotics instead of surgery. Adults with chest pain whose initial test results are negative for a heart attack often don't need more extensive workups, such as stress tests. A mild head injury may not require a CT scan that exposes patients to radiation.

Read more...Wall Street Journal

‘Palliative care’ often mistaken to mean certain death: researchers

Apr 19 2016

A widespread perception of palliative care as being synonymous with death is preventing many patients from accessing supportive therapies aimed at improving their quality of life, researchers say.

In a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers found that cancer patients referred for early palliative care tended to view the concept as frightening and a sure sign they were dying.

But principal researcher Dr. Camilla Zimmermann, head of palliative care at the University Health Network in Toronto, said the service is intended to provide pain relief and other symptom control from the point of diagnosis through the course of a patient’s illness.

Read more....The National Post

Walk-in-clinic wait times now available online

Apr 19 2016

Sick people frustrated by long lines or closed doors at walk-in medical clinics can now look up wait times online.

University of Victoria business school graduate Blake Adam has launched a free online map at that allows users to search wait times for walk-in clinics in a given city — eliminating the need for patients to call around or show up, only to be disappointed if the clinic is beyond capacity.

Adam, 26, who is in commercial banking, and partner Jonathan Clark, 24, a software engineer, were struck by the pure “simplicity” of the idea as a way to improve access to medical care.


Read more....Time Colonist

A New Name and Direction for CAHR

Apr 1 2016

The Centre for Aboriginal Health Research (CAHR) has been renamed the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE). This change in name reflects an expansion of our mandate beyond a focus on Aboriginal health research.

Read more...UVic

Dental care should be part of basic health care: UBC study

Apr 4 2016

All Canadians, especially low-income Canadians, should have dental care as part of their basic health care coverage, a new study by the University of B.C. concludes.

According to a survey of 567 people in four primary health care clinics in B.C. and Ontario that served large numbers of low-income and aboriginal residents, 46 per cent rated their oral health as fair to poor, with 44 per cent saying they sometimes or often experience pain in their teeth and mouth.

“Those numbers are three times higher than the general Canadian population as reported by the Canadian Health Measures Survey,” said UBC nursing professor Annette Browne, who led the study. “Clearly, the people we interviewed face tremendous oral health issues.”

Browne said that participants may even have underestimated the extent of their dental problems, as researchers observed that many of those who reported fair or passable oral health were already missing many of their teeth, making it difficult for them to eat a full range of foods.

Read more.....Vancouver Sun

Safe Surgery Checklist - successes and good catches

Mar 7 2016

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has taken compliance with the Safe Surgery Checklist from 50 to better than 90 per cent in just two years! Stacy Kozak, Manager with the AHS Surgery Strategic Clinical Network (SSCN) will walk you through the steps and provide insight on the province-wide approach taken during a webinar on Friday, April 8, 2016. Hosted by the Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Working Group, the webinar will show how communication and teamwork translate into safer surgical care.

After polling surgical teams and conducting focus groups regarding the use of the Safe Surgery Checklist over the past year, the SSI Working Group found that high functioning teams produce better results when engaged in the process.

Read more...CPSI

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