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    Identifying optimal treatment approaches for people with multimorbidity in Ontario

    Multimorbidity is part of the daily life of a growing number of Ontarians who must manage multiple chronic conditions. As Fortin et al. observed, “patients with multiple conditions are the rule rather than the exception in primary care.” Multimorbidity not only has a significant impact on healthcare ...

    Identifying when, why and how to analyze and learn from deaths in healthcare settings

    Each year more than 1,000 children and youth (0-19 years of age) die in Ontario.(1) The Office of the Chief Coroner has consistently investigated between 43-49% of these deaths each year,(1) and many of these investigations offer opportunities to learn from the circumstances of the death, although the ex...

    Key Features and effects of educational Approaches to improve clinical performance

    The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) have formed a partnership to support ongoing training, education and quality improvement across the province. This partnership will develop provincial quality-management programs for the service areas of colonoscopy, m...

    Identifying the effects of and approaches to integrating oral-health services in health systems

    Oral health is important for the overall well-being of children and adults, and poor oral health has been linked to other diseases and serious health conditions such as respiratory infections, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and poor nutritional status. Ontario provides public coverage for a limited sc...

    Examining the impacts of accountable care organizations on patient experience, population health and costs

    Strengthening Ontario’s health system is important for achieving the triple aim outcomes of: 1) improving the patient experience of care; 2) improving population health; and 3) keeping per capita costs of healthcare manageable.(3-4) Strengthening the system is particularly important for patients with c...

    Addressing long-term stays in hospital for people with mental health and addictions concerns

    As of last year, nearly two million Ontarians saw their family physicians for mental health and addictions concerns. These two conditions account for approximately 10% of the disease burden in Ontario.(1) Psychiatric alternate level of care (ALC) days and longstay days represent a significant portion of ...

    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-...

    Enhancing health system integration of nurse practitioners in Ontario

    Nurses have a long tradition of informally working in expanded roles in rural and remote communities in Canada (e.g., outpost nurses).(1; 2) The formalization of the nurse practitioner role in Canada began in the mid1960s as a response to four interrelated factors: 1) introduction of publicly funded heal...

    Supporting parents in making informed decisions in relation to their children’s health needs

    Momentum for patient and caregiver engagement in health and social care is growing across Ontario.(1) This is evidenced by a number of recently released strategies and frameworks highlighting the importance of involving Ontarians in their own care as informed consumers of health and social services. One ...

    Creating a rapid-learning health system in Ontario

    Ontario has both a health system and a research system that are increasingly putting patients and rapid learning and improvement at their centre. For the health system, a recent notable example of such efforts was the Patients First Act 2016 which, among other things, mandated the creation of Patient and...