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    Using non-medical home services to support older adults

    The number of Canadians aged 65 or older is expected to double within the next two decades, and the proportion of those over the age of 80 is expected to grow from 27.5% in 2012 to 32% in 2036.(1; 2) This trend holds true in British Columbia (which is where the request came from for this synthesis) where...

    Supporting advances in quality in health systems

    As noted by the Health Council of Canada in 2013, there are many definitions of quality in healthcare, but a common conception of it is “the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional kn...

    Examining the impact of decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis for recreational use

    Cannabis is currently the world’s most used illicit psychoactive substance, with 2012 estimates showing that about 200 million people globally reported using it at least once.(1) In 2013, despite having been prohibited since the 1920s, Canada was the highest ranked country amongst all nations for rates...

    Examining the public provision and funding of clinical genetic tests

    Since the completion of the Human Genome Project in the 1990s, there have been rapid advances of research in the area of genetics and genomics.(1) When combined with evolving medical technologies this has meant that the use of genetic testing and screening are increasingly common in the health system. Ge...

    Examining the coverage of pharmacogenetic tests and use of pharmacogenetic information at the population level

    Our jurisdictional scan yielded no information about phamacogenetic tests that are publicly covered at the population level for select conditions across the jurisdictions reviewed. However, in reviewing the literature, we did find one primary study that examined coverage policies for individual pharmacog...

    Fostering an organizational culture supportive of evidence-informed policymaking

    We identified a total of 21 relevant documents by searching Health Systems Evidence and running targeted searches in PubMed, with the search strategy for these databases detailed in Box 2. A document was included when it directly addressed the question posed for this rapid synthesis (i.e., it was specifi...

    Examining the impact of interprofessional training and patient engagement on falls prevention

    More than a third of those over the age of 65 fall each year, which can lead to devastating physical and mental health consequences including functional decline, decline in independence and self-efficacy, morbidity, quality of life and risk of prolonged hospitalization.(1) In Canada, falls are the number...

    Changing practice to achieve equity in Ontario's education sector

    Ontario is home to people from more than 200 countries who speak more than 130 languages. Multiculturalism, human rights and diversity are core values embraced in the province.(1) The public education system can play a crucial role in supporting these core values by transcending socio-economic and ethno-...

    Identifying and assessing core components of collaborative-care models for treating mental and physical health conditions

    Improvements in science, technology, nutrition and social care have meant that with few exceptions, populations in low-, medium- and high-income countries are living longer, and this trend is expected to continue into the future. This increase in life expectancy has resulted in more people living with ch...

    Examining capital acquisition models for advanced diagnostic imaging

    Total expenditure on health and long-term care is rising across Canada and is predicted to continue rising over the next decade.(1) The increased need for public resources to be allocated to this sector is straining government budgets and represents a major area of public concern.(1) This strain is felt ...