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Suicide rates: An overview

Suicide is a major cause of premature and preventable death. It is estimated, that in 2009 alone, there were about 100,000 years of potential life lost to Canadians under the age of 75 as a result of suicides. Highlights: *In 2009 there were 3,890 suicides in Canada, a rate of 11.5 per 100,000 people. *The suicide rate for males was three times higher than the rate for females (17.9 versus 5.3 per 100,000). *Although suicide deaths affect almost all age groups, those aged 40 to 59 had the highest rates. *Married people had a lower suicide rate than those who were single, divorced or widowed. Health at a Glance [Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 82-624-X]
Thursday, July 26, 2012

A framework and a measurement instrument for sustainability of work practices in long-term care

In health care, many organizations are working on quality improvement and/or innovation of their care practices. Although the effectiveness of improvement processes has been studied extensively, little attention has been given to sustainability of the changed work practices after implementation. The objective of this study is to develop a theoretical framework and measurement instrument for sustainability. To this end sustainability is conceptualized with two dimensions: routinization and institutionalization. Citation: A framework and a measurement instrument for sustainability of work practices in long-term care. Slaghuis SS, Strating MMH, Bal RA, Nieboer AP. BMC Health Serv Res. 2011 Nov 16;11(1):314.
Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Town with No Poverty: The Health Effects of a Canadian Guaranteed Annual Income Field Experiment

This paper has two purposes. First, it documents the historical context of MINCOME, a Canadian guaranteed annual income field experiment (1974 to 1979). Second, it uses routinely collected health administration data and a quasi-experimental design to document an 8.5 percent reduction in the hospitalization rate for participants relative to controls, particularly for accidents and injuries and mental health. We also found that participant contacts with physicians declined, especially for mental health, and that more adolescents continued into grade 12. We found no increase in fertility, family dissolution rates, or improved birth outcomes. We conclude that a relatively modest GAI can improve population health, suggesting significant health system savings. Canadian public policy, September 2011, v 37(3): 283-305 [ISSN: 0317-0861 (Print) 1911-9917 (Online)]
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Webicina: Medicine in Social Media

Webicina is an educational website providing free services for health and medical professionals (and patients) to engage with social media. It provides guidance, step-by-step tutorials, webinars, e-courses and a browser toolbar for those interested in social media. Free content includes PeRSSonalized Medicine, an easy-to-use aggregating tool for medical information, online courses and workshops. Other services include tools that focus on medical disciplines, consulting services, online conferences and workshops. The blog is curated by Dr. Bertalan Mesko.
Monday, April 25, 2011

Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (JCHLA/JABSC)

The Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (JCHLA/JABSC) is the official journal of Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada. It is published in English and French and was made openly-accessible in 2006. Its former name was Bibliotheca Medica Canadiana (BMC) from 1976-2003. Both journals are indexed in the Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature (CINAHL). CHLA/ABSC is the national association for hospital and health librarians in Canada, and represents the views of Canadian health librarians to library associations, governments, health communities and fellow librarians. The JCHLA/JABSC was published quarterly but went to a tri-annual publication schedule in 2010.
Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bulletin of the Medical Library Association (Archive : 1911 - 2001)

PubMed Central provides full-text access to the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, now the Journal of the Medical Library Association, from July 1911 to October 2001. The Medical Library Association is an American Association intended to encourage the improvement of and increase to public medical libraries. The aim of the journal is to advance the practice and research knowledgebase of health librarianship. Articles are available in full-text as PDF files, and come with a page browse facility to view each page as it appears in the original. The articles relate to information provision for medical librarians. Each issue includes articles from the issue and administrative exchanges, notices and errata.
Saturday, April 23, 2011

Canada Communicable Disease Report (CCDR)

The Canada Communicable Disease Report (CCDR) of the Population and Public Health Branch of Health Canada presents current information on infectious and other diseases for surveillance purposes. The site provides access to a listing of articles and news updates from 1995 to the present. Other reports on emerging health threats are available and can be downloaded. Links to weekly and monthly reports, resources under chronic diseases, fluwatch, surveillance, influenza links, respiratory virus detections and the West Nile Virus, among other information is included.
Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bioethics for Clinicians

This series of articles about Bioethics for Clinicians from the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) is meant to clarify concepts in bioethics and help clinicians integrate bioethics into their daily practices. Written by bioethics scholars in medicine, ethics and law, the cases for clinicians series illustrate the authors' experiences and are intended to provide a general overview of the professional practice area.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chronic Diseases and Injuries in Canada (CDIC)

Chronic Diseases in Canada (CDIC) is a quarterly scientific journal of the Public Health Agency of Canada. It focuses on medical evidence related to the control and prevention of chronic (i.e. non-communicable) diseases and injuries. CDIC publishes peer-reviewed articles and research in epidemiology, public/community health, biostatistics, behavioural sciences, health services and economics. [Note until v. 31(2), March 2011, the title of this publication was "Chronic Diseases in Canada".]
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fitness of Canadian children and youth: Results from the 2007-2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey

The fitness of Canadian children and youth has not been measured in more than two decades, a period during which childhood obesity and sedentary behaviours have increased. This paper provides up-to-date estimates of the fitness of Canadians aged 6 to 19 years.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Physical Fitness and Exercise.
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