Monthly Archives: October 2015

HALF OF ALL SURGERIES INVOLVE MEDICATION ERRORS: John Tozzi

About half of all surgeries involve some kind of medication error or unintended drug side effects, if a new study done at one of America’s most prestigious academic medical centers is any indication. The rate, calculated by researchers from the … Continue reading

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CASE MANAGEMENT- WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT IS DONE FOR PATIENTS WITH ADDICTIONS

Case management involves a range of functions: Screening involves identifying whether someone might have a substance use problem and should have a comprehensive assessment. It may make use of a standardized instrument. Assessment identifies and defines a client’s major strengths … Continue reading

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Cognitive Bias and Medical Errors:

THINK OF HORSES, AND NOT ZEBRAS, whenever you hear hoof beats. Physicians know that this saying can be a helpful reminder when formulating a diagnosis of common medical conditions. But problems may arise in arriving at a diagnosis for some … Continue reading

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COGNITIVE BIAS IN DIAGNOSIS:

Cognitive bias is a way of thinking that influences reasoning and decision making, sometimes resulting in inaccurate judgments. Cognitive biases (distortions of thinking) and affective biases (intrusion of the physician’s feelings) may interfere significantly with reaching a correct diagnosis. In … Continue reading

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Tasha Kheiriddin: Pharmacare no panacea for health care costs; The NO side of the pharmacare argument

National Post Sept 2012 Health care may have been off the political radar this summer, but this week the issue is back with a vengeance. On the same day that the federal and provincial health ministers convened for their annual … Continue reading

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Mark Rovere: With Pharmacare, the cure is worse than the disease; The NO Side of the argument.

National Post | July 6, 2011 7:30 AM ET By Mark Rovere There has been much discussion in the past 10 years about whether Canada needs a national Pharmacare plan. Unfortunately, the plan is driven by ideology as opposed to … Continue reading

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Travel Health Insurance Association Survey Reveals What Canadians Don’t Know About Their Travel Health Insurance:

Toronto, ON (Sept. 30, 2015) – Canadians need to better understand their travel health insurance policies if they want to ensure they aren’t in debt for out-of-country medical expenses, based on findings from a Travel Health Insurance Association survey. Forty-seven … Continue reading

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NATIONAL PHARMACARE FOR CANADA- THE YES SIDE OF THE DEBATE- CMAJ March 2015

Steven G. Morgan PhD, Michael Law PhD, Jamie R. Daw BHSc MSc, Liza Abraham BSc, Danielle Martin MD MPubPol Competing interests: Michael Law reports receiving personal fees from Health Canada outside of the submitted work. Danielle Martin is a volunteer … Continue reading

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Economic value of the utility-expansion for new cancer drugs approved in Canada from 2004 to 2014.

Summary Authors: Kimberley Tran (M.A.); Brett J Skinner (Ph.D.) In the Canadian health technology assessment (HTA) process, drugs are evaluated for clinical and cost-effectiveness following Health Canada marketing approval. Usually, each drug indication is evaluated by HTA bodies individually in … Continue reading

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TRANSPARENCY IN PHARMA PRICING IS DEMANDED BY GOVERNMENT:

J. Michael Pearson has become a billionaire from his tough tactics as the head of the fast-growing Valeant Pharmaceuticals International. And consumers like Bruce Mannes, a 68-year-old retired carpenter from Grandville, Mich., are facing the consequences. Mr. Mannes has been … Continue reading

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