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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Your Health Care System CIHI

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has created a searchable portal to analyze data they have gathered from Canadian hospitals, long-term care organizations, cities, health regions, provinces and territories.

By entering the name of your health care facility you can see results of their primary indicators or the overall results. Results include use of antipsychotics, restraints, physical functioning, depression, pain, falls and pressure ulcer incidence. For each indicator there is a comparison of the facility you searched to rates in its health authority/region, its province and Canada overall.

This resource can be accessed here:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Long-term Care Resident Profile

A frequently discussed value in the provision of long-term care is ensuring that the care provided is person-centred. Alberta’s continuing care system describes the dynamic populations found within the continuing care system in that province annually in their “Long-term Care Resident Profiles” which provide description of demographics, health conditions and care and interventions. The information presented in their report is based on data collected in MDS assessments.

Their most recent report, published in March 2016, gives a snapshot of the population found within long-term care in Alberta. They also have an infographic which highlights key points of the report.

This resource can be accessed here:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pain Management for Women, Aboriginal Peoples, or the Elderly

CADTH, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, conducted a review to identify evidence-informed guidelines regarding pain management in three population groups: women, aboriginal peoples and the elderly.

Their findings were published on March 28, 2016 and were based on a rapid review of the literature. From their search, they found one evidence-based guideline relating to pain management in the elderly.

This resource can be accessed here:

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson's Disease

Originally published in 2012, the Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s Disease, developed by Parkinson Canada, provide guidance to all members of healthcare teams caring for individuals with Parkinson’s disease living in long-term care facilities.

There is now an online educational tool with a learning module accredited by the College of Physicians of Canada that outlines the Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s Disease. This course includes case scenarios that explore treatment and management options.

This resource can be accessed here:

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Indigenous Voices: Stories of Serious Illness and Grief

The "Indigenous Voices: Stories of Serious Illness and Grief” video series is one of several new resources recently made available by the Canadian Virtual Hospice.

"In this video and print series, First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis from across Canada share stories about traditions, rituals and spirituality, experiences of care and after death ceremonies and grieving. The video series consists of 170 short video clips organized by theme and highlights are captured in four longer videos: Ceremony, tradition and spirituality, Caring for the patient and family, Walking along side for a good death and Honouring our loss and grief."

To find out more about this resource, the Canadian Virtual Hospice is hosting a webinar which will go into further detail on April 26th (details below).

Webinar: Indigenous Voices: Stories of Serious Illness and Grief

Kali Leary (Project Co-lead) will provide an overview of the tool and answer any questions.
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 1 pm CST
Cost: Free
To register, email:

This resource can be accessed at the LivingMyCulture website:

Monday, March 28, 2016

Ethical Care of the Bariatric Patient

The Manitoba Provincial Health Ethics Network (MB-PHEN), in their series of Ethics Issue Reference Guides, developed a guide which discusses the ethical considerations involved in caring for a bariatric patient. The four-page guide includes a quick summary, a list of ethical considerations, ethical principles and a framework for decision-making in situations where these considerations and principles are relevant.

The MB-PHEN aims to advance ethics in health care within Manitoba by providing resources to guide health care providers with ethical decision-making.

This resource can be accessed here:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Crane Library Web Pick of the Week: Late-life Depression

Toronto-based, Baycrest Health Sciences is a leader in providing high quality care in geriatric residential living and related research and education. One way they provide education to those beyond their facility and its surrounding areas is by maintaining an informative website with resources for health care providers and family caregivers on how to best care for and interact with the elderly living in long-term care.

Baycrest describes late-life depression on their website through a combination of video clips, written content and a depression self-check tool which employs the valid and reliable Geriatric Depression Scale to assess depression in older adults.

This resource can be accessed here: