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May 2014
May 13, 2014 10:14 AM

Even though many of us will eventually need it, we don't often think about long term care  -- out of sight, out of mind. It's also easy to forget that for some, like Peter Farrah, long term care is a reality at a young age. Whether young or old, the quality of long term care services in Canada is an important issue that needs attention and consideration.  We can learn a lot from the experiences of patients like Peter as reported by Susan Burgess, CBC News.

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ALL, About the healthcare system , Finding your way through the system, Stories about patient experiences  
  
April 2014

Apr 14, 2014 11:04 PM
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Medical technology is keeping frail patients alive much longer.  How much is too much technology? How do we balance quality of life, medical technology and cost?

Read this article from the New York Times discussing a frail patient’s journey. 

And the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is holding town hall meetings and online forums so that we all can participate in end-of-life care discussion.

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ALL, About the healthcare system  
  
March 2014

Mar 25, 2014 1:50 PM
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Involving patients in healthcare decisions leads to “better treatment, and often less of it” and is “a simple way to save money and keep people out of hospital”, says a recent article from The Guardian U.K. In spite of this, in Canada as in the United Kingdom, the patient voice is often only heard in pilot projects and by a small subset of organizations. More action is required to involve patients as partners in the Canadian healthcare system.

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ALL, About the healthcare system , Patient engagement  
  
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