Better coordination of screening in Canada: What is the best way forward? – Health Council of Canada – January 2014

Posted on February 25, 2014. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare | Tags: |

Better coordination of screening in Canada: What is the best way forward? – Health Council of Canada – January 2014

 

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Better health, better care, better value for all: Refocusing health care reform in Canada – Health Council of Canada – September 2013

Posted on September 20, 2013. Filed under: Health Economics, Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

Better health, better care, better value for all: Refocusing health care reform in Canada – Health Council of Canada – September 2013

“This report looks back on the last decade of health care reform, identifies what worked and what didn’t, and recommends a
better path to achieving a high-performing health system for Canada into the future.”

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Progress Report 2013: Health care renewal in Canada – Health Council of Canada – May 2013

Posted on May 29, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Chronic Disease Mgmt, Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Primary Hlth Care, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Progress Report 2013: Health care renewal in Canada – Health Council of Canada – May 2013

“In Progress Report 2013: Health care renewal in Canada, the Health Council reports on the progress made by jurisdictions in five priority areas of the health accords:

access and wait times;
primary health care reform and electronic health records;
pharmaceuticals management;
disease prevention, health promotion and public health; and
Aboriginal health”

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Which way to quality? Key perspectives on quality improvement in Canadian health care systems – Health Council of Canada – 25 March 2013

Posted on April 3, 2013. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality | Tags: |

Which way to quality? Key perspectives on quality improvement in Canadian health care systems – Health Council of Canada – 25 March 2013

“While many Canadians believe we have one of the best health care systems in the world, recent international rankings for health care quality place Canada in the middle or at the bottom of the pack. This report calls for the establishment of common and measureable goals to achieve quality improvement in Canada’s health care systems.”

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Empathy, dignity, and respect: Creating cultural safety for Aboriginal people in urban health care – Health Council of Canada – 11 December 2012

Posted on January 3, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Empathy, dignity, and respect: Creating cultural safety for Aboriginal people in urban health care – Health Council of Canada – 11 December 2012

“This report highlights some of the barriers to Aboriginal people seeking health care services within mainstream health care settings and describes key practices that are contributing to positive change.”

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Understanding Clinical Practice Guidelines: A Video Series Primer – Health Council of Canada – 2012

Posted on December 4, 2012. Filed under: Evidence Based Practice | Tags: , |

Understanding Clinical Practice Guidelines: A Video Series Primer – Health Council of Canada – 2012
 
“The Health Council of Canada has developed a series of videos to provide an overview of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) in Canada through the eyes of those who design, disseminate, and use them.

CPGs are evidence-based recommendations that help health care professionals make better clinical decisions. When designed and used properly, CPGs can play an important role in the Canadian health care system.

These videos are meant to offer greater insight into what CPGs are, how they are used, how they are disseminated and implemented, and what impact they can have.”

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Health Innovation Portal – Health Council of Canada

Posted on November 2, 2012. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , |

Health Innovation Portal – Health Council of Canada

“The Health Council of Canada is reporting on innovative health care practices, policies, programs and services so they can be adopted elsewhere in Canada. Our goal is to support the identification, sharing, and uptake of innovative practices that have been demonstrated to strengthen Canada’s health care system. We’re here to help you find programs and practices that are working in other jurisdictions across a variety of health care themes so you can learn from them and put them into practice.”

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Progress report 2012: Health care renewal in Canada – Health Council of Canada – June 2012

Posted on June 6, 2012. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

Progress report 2012: Health care renewal in Canada – Health Council of Canada – June 2012

Extract from the foreword:

“What we call the Canadian health care system is, in reality, 14 different health care systems, each governed individually to meet the needs of its citizens. The 2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal and the 2004 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care were attempts to identify common priority areas shared by federal, provincial, and territorial governments, and to set out steps that needed to be taken to help improve the Canadian health care system as a whole.

Part of the Health Council of Canada’s mandate is to report on the progress made by the federal, provincial, and territorial governments since these accords. In this year’s report, we examine progress for five specific priority areas: home and community care, health human resources, telehealth, access to care in the North, and comparable health indicators. Another important part of our mandate is sharing innovative practices, so that governments, organizations, and the public can better understand what approaches are working, and why. In this report we have shone a spotlight on a number of innovative practices that reflect the spirit of innovation across the country.”

… continues

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Self-management support for Canadians with chronic health conditions: A focus for primary health care – Health Council of Canada – May 2012

Posted on May 18, 2012. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt | Tags: , |

Self-management support for Canadians with chronic health conditions: A focus for primary health care – Health Council of Canada – May 2012

“The report explores how self-management support can improve patient outcomes and better integrate the health system for this purpose. It profiles a range of practices and calls for targeted investments in self-management support strategies.”

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Measuring and reporting on health system performance in Canada: Opportunities for improvement – Health Council of Canada – May 2012

Posted on May 9, 2012. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , , |

Measuring and reporting on health system performance in Canada: Opportunities for improvement – Health Council of Canada – May 2012

“The paper highlights the need for governments to set clear policy goals with both measurable health outcomes and supporting health indicators in order to hold health system leaders accountable for performance. The paper provides recommendations to governments, at the same time highlighting innovative practices across Canada and in the United Kingdom and Australia that can provide a way forward.”

Press Release: Improved performance reporting can lead to better accountability, says Health Council

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Turning what we know into action: A commentary on the National Symposium on Patient Engagement – Health Council of Canada – February 2012

Posted on May 4, 2012. Filed under: Patient Participation | Tags: |

Turning what we know into action: A commentary on the National Symposium on Patient Engagement – Health Council of Canada – February 2012

“Turning what we know into action: A report on the National Symposium on Patient Engagement, is based on key learnings from our National Symposium on Patient Engagement in October 2011. The commentary calls for the inclusion of the patient voice when designing, planning and delivering health care services in Canada.”

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Seniors in need, caregivers in distress: What are the home care priorities for seniors in Canada? – Health Council of Canada – April 2012

Posted on April 20, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

Seniors in need, caregivers in distress: What are the home care priorities for seniors in Canada? – Health Council of Canada – April 2012

“Seniors in need, caregivers in distress: What are the home care priorities for seniors in Canada? explores the growing issue of home care in Canada. The report takes a deeper look at the seniors who are receiving home care, the family caregivers that are lending support, as well as the challenges of home care in Canada.”

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A Citizen’s Guide to Health Indicators – Health Council of Canada – January 2011

Posted on February 8, 2011. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Policy, Patient Participation | Tags: , |

A Citizen’s Guide to Health Indicators – Health Council of Canada – January 2011

“For individuals with an interest in health care and how to use health information, this resource provides an introduction to health indicators, what they are, where they come from, and how they can influence health care decisions and policies. Health indicators have become a major part of the health information that many Canadians see daily. The guide defines indicators as high-quality statistics or measures that help individuals understand and compare Canadians’ health and health care. “

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Decisions, Decisions: Family Doctors as Gatekeepers to Prescription Drugs and Diagnostic Imaging in Canada – September 2010

Posted on September 28, 2010. Filed under: General Practice, Health Economics, Health Policy | Tags: |

Decisions, Decisions: Family Doctors as Gatekeepers to Prescription Drugs and Diagnostic Imaging in Canada – September 2010

Health Council of Canada

Extract from the foreword:

“As Canada’s population ages and more and more Canadians live with chronic conditions, the use of Canada’s universal,  publicly-funded health care system increases. In our 2009 discussion paper, Value for Money: Making Canadian Health Care Stronger, we found that this increased use – among other factors – had caused health care spending to double over the last decade, reaching an all-time high of $183 billion in 2009.

As a result, we set out to better understand three major drivers of this use – physician services, prescription drugs, and diagnostic imaging – and the relationships among these drivers. We consulted researchers, experts, and government officials in the fields of physician services, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostic imaging. We also turned to other national organizations – noted in the acknowledgements section – for their data and expertise.

In this report, we discuss the role of family physicians as gatekeepers in the use of prescription drugs and diagnostic imaging, since they are often the first point of contact for Canadians, and their decisions directly impact which specific health care services are used. In particular, we set out to identify the main factors – including the available tools and resources – that influence these physician decisions and ensure that health services are safe and appropriate, an objective shared by all Canadians who are interested in better medicine and ensuring a sustainable health care system.”

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Generic Drug Pricing and Access in Canada: What are the Implications – Health Council of Canada – June 2010

Posted on June 22, 2010. Filed under: Pharmacy | Tags: |

Generic Drug Pricing and Access in Canada: What are the Implications – Health Council of Canada – June 2010

A commissioned discussion paper by SECOR Consulting.
ISBN 978-1-897463-72-7

By Bell C, Griller D, Lawson J, Lovren D.

“Prescription drugs account for an increasing proportion of Canada’s growing health care system with rising costs that governments in this country are seeking ways to restrain.

The greater use of generic drugs, for which Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world, accounts for a significant portion of these rising costs.
The Health Council of Canada commissioned this independent discussion paper to provide Canadians with some further insight into the generic drug sector and potential options to reduce generic drug prices.”

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At the tipping point: health leaders share ideas to speed primary health care reform [Canada] – 26 May 2010

Posted on May 28, 2010. Filed under: General Practice, Primary Hlth Care | Tags: |

At the tipping point: health leaders share ideas to speed primary health care reform [Canada] – 26 May 2010

Earlier this year, the Health Council of Canada sponsored a day-long discussion on primary health care reform through the McMaster Health Forum. Twenty health care leaders from across the country came together to talk about ways to strengthen primary health care in Canada.

Media release

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Beyond the Basics: The Importance of Patient-Provider Interactions in Chronic Illness Care – April 2010 – Health Council of Canada

Posted on April 30, 2010. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Medicine | Tags: |

Beyond the Basics: The Importance of Patient-Provider Interactions in Chronic Illness Care – April 2010 – Health Council of Canada

Canadian health care matters  bulletin 3

“For Canadians with chronic illness, the quality of interaction with their family doctor makes a difference not only in primary care, but in other settings as well. Canadians in poorer health who have a regular doctor or place of care – where their medical history is known and care is coordinated with specialists – report that their health care is safer, more supportive, more appropriate and better quality, compared to similar patients whose regular doctor does not provide one or both of those basic elements of good primary care.”

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Helping Patients Help Themselves: Are Canadians with Chronic Conditions Getting the Support They Need to Manage Their Health? Health Coundil of Canada – January 2010

Posted on January 29, 2010. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt | Tags: |

Helping Patients Help Themselves: Are Canadians with Chronic Conditions Getting the Support They Need to Manage Their Health?  Health Coundil of Canada – January 2010

“Many Canadians with chronic health conditions don’t regularly receive some of the expected types of support that could help them better manage their own health.

This bulletin – Helping Patients Help Themselves: Are Canadians with chronic conditions getting the support they need to manage their health? – is based on the 2008 Canadian Survey of Experiences with Primary Health Care, which measured the quality of health care as reported by Canadian patients, including those with seven common chronic conditions.”

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Teams in Action: Primary Health Care Teams for Canadians April 2009 Health Council of Canada

Posted on May 1, 2009. Filed under: Multidisciplinary Care, Primary Hlth Care | Tags: , , |

Teams in Action: Primary Health Care Teams for Canadians  April 2009 Report from the Health Council of Canada

Health Council of Canada. (2009). Teams in Action: Primary Health Care Teams for Canadians. Toronto: Health Council.
ISBN: 978-1-897463-56-7

As Canada’s health care system deals with an aging population, collaborative health care teams are an effective way to treat the increasing number of Canadians with chronic health conditions.  Collaborative team care is a significant shift in the way Canadians are receiving their primary health care. Many Canadians may not know that this type of health care service is available to them, but they should – both as taxpayers and people who use health care services.

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