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A new international roadmap to address MS falls

Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world. In Manitoba for example, the age-adjusted prevalence has been estimated to be 226.7 per 100,000 (Marrie et al, 2010). In comparison, rates in Hong Kong have been reported to be 0.77 per 100,000 (Lau et al, 2002). Mobility and balance impairments are commonly experienced by people with MS, and place them at high risk of accidental falls. In fact, more than 50% of people with MS will experience a fall in a 6 month period and approximately ½ of those falls will require medical attention (Gunn et al, 2013).

An expanding family of doctors: good news for Ontario

Last week you might have heard about the release of the Family Medicine Expansion Report, released by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). The report details a very successful decade-long effort by Ontario’s medical schools and the provincial government to deal with a shortage of family doctors.

It takes a community to make a healthcare professional

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

– Michael Jordan

Patient Advisors: Empowering Patients in Hospital Decision Making

In the Monday Globe and Mail, a front-page article appeared about Kingston General Hospital.1 The article gave an account of a terrific initiative at the hospital to comprehensively involve patients in hospital decision making processes. The story focuses on a Kingston innkeeper, Patrick Dickey, who is one of the 55 patient advisers at KGH. Specifically, the article relays how Dickey was involved in the hiring of hospital staff, as part of an interview panel in selecting a hospital phlebotomist.

Dr. Chris Simpson

(Acting) Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University