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    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 ...

    Examining the impact of and approaches to addressing the needs of people living with mental health issues

    Mental health presents one of the highest disability burdens on the planet, but it has not historically received a corresponding amount of attention in research and policy arenas. Developing mental health strategies and other policies with an understanding of what the research evidence on the issue says ...

    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...

    Identifying the impacts of cannabis legalization on youth, and the responses that can be taken by public institutions

    With the Canadian government set to introduce legislation in the spring of 2017 to legalize the use of cannabis, there is a need to plan for any health and social challenges associated with this policy change.(1) Though the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation has produced a report outlinin...

    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 effects of value-based physician payment models

    Healthcare provider remuneration mechanisms are one of the key policy levers that decision-makers can harness to influence health-system performance.(1) In Canada, remunerating physicians is the second-largest source of public expenditures accounting for 21% of all health spending in the country.(2) With...