Gordon McGregor, a member of the Alternate Level of Care Patient and Caregiver Council, in an interview with Ross Upshur reflects upon his personal experience taking care of his wife in a span of nearly 30 years. His experience with the health system is what thousands of patients and family caregivers undergo on daily basis. The interview highlights both positive and not so positive aspects of care and the need to take care of the instances that patients might find rather inconvenient or challenging to overcome. Continue reading “I was there for her”: A Caregivers Story
Jane Barratt in an interview with Ross Upshur reflects on different aspects of elderly care and explains how it could be improved in Canada. In the interview, she gives an example of other countries and how they have been successful in laying the foundation for a more robust elderly care.
Continue reading Striving for a Better Healthcare for the Elderly in Canada; An interview with Jane Barratt, the Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing
ST: A Palliative Approach to Decision Aids to Help Improve Patients’ Medical Choices
Pete Wegier in this interview with Ross Upshur discusses complexities of the end of life care and how coordination in this care setting could be optimized by the use of new communication technologies. Interestingly, his journey from computer science to cognitive psychology, to medical decision making and later to the space of palliative care has equipped Pete with tools that could help untangle some of the problems in this most complex area in health care. Continue reading When All Roads Seem to Lead to Healthcare Complexity
Michelle Nelson in an interview with Ross Upshur discusses the importance of intra- and inter-sectoral collaboration in healthcare and explains how the voluntary sector could be engaged to support improved patient and family experiences and the outcomes. Continue reading The Need for Intra- and Inter-sectoral Collaboration in Healthcare, in Interview with Michelle Nelson
Jeff Myers, in this interview with Ross Upshur, discusses the evolution of palliative care and the evidence that has accumulated outlining its impact on outcomes for patients, families, and systems. With early efficacy studies having focused on end-of-life experiences for patients with cancer, strong evidence now clearly delineates a role for palliative care from the time of diagnosis for any person with serious illness and their family. Continue reading Simplifying the Complexity of Palliative Care
Abhimanyu Sud, in an interview with Ross Upshur, talks about the current opioid crisis, the challenges and the opportunities to respond to the crisis at different levels including improved prescriber education and use of evidence-based non-opioid alternatives for chronic pain. Continue reading Safer Opioid Prescribing and Non-opioid Alternatives for Chronic Pain
Maya Goldenberg, in an interview with Ross Upshur, talks about her academic journey from a close look at evidence-based medicine and its philosophical issues to a feminist approach to the philosophy of science. Later on, Maya will discuss her research interest in fundamental issues related to public health policy such as vaccine hesitancy. The interview culminates to a very fascinating view on the state of science in the current political world.
Continue reading Is There a War on Science? Philosopher Maya Goldenberg Says No
Sarina Isenberg, interviewed by Ross Upshur, discusses palliative care from the lens of a scientist and health researcher committed to making a difference for those who receive such care in the course of their disease.
Continue reading Building Capacity for Palliative Care
Gary Newton, in an interview with Ross Upshur, discusses his agenda as the Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Sinai Health System while explaining his views on complex care and how he is trying to bring about change in Sinai Health System in Toronto.
Carolyn Steele Gray, in interview with Ross Upshur, discusses how her academic journey shaped her perspectives in understanding patient needs, health policy, organization and provider level issues and how to use that understanding to deliver a better care. The latter, she adds, necessitates a realistic approach of how to harness e-health technologies to deliver care, especially to patients with complex care needs.