public health

Media release: Travel-acquired infections and illnesses in Canadians: surveillance report

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on February 11, 2014 - 12:09

Travel-acquired infections and illnesses in Canadians: surveillance report from CanTravNet surveillance data, 2009–2011

Open Medicine

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A new study published today in Open Medicine surveys the spectrum of illnesses that Canadians acquire when travelling abroad.

The end of antibiotics, period?

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on November 7, 2013 - 22:27

Twenty years ago, I wrote a paper for my high school biology class on the not-much-discussed topic of antibiotic resistance. What I learned seemed like science fiction; due to overuse and improper use of antibiotics, we faced a return to the dark ages before penicillin, when a chance infection could easily spell death and doctors were largely helpless in the face of them.

Media release: Trends in HIV prevalence, new diagnoses, and mortality in Ontario

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on October 23, 2013 - 22:30

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Trends in HIV prevalence, new HIV diagnoses, and mortality among adults with HIV who entered care in Ontario,1996/1997 to 2009/2010: a population-based study

“Footy's on, Footy's here again”: Why Systems Thinking is good for your health and says that the Cats will take the Flag*

Submitted by Alan Shiell on April 10, 2012 - 11:53

The Geelong Cats regularly sit atop Australian Rules Football. In 2005 the Sydney Swans improbably took their first Grand Final in 72 years. The Cats' domination has survived major turnover in management and on the field. The Swans' miraculous victory applied the principles and culture that define the Cats: specify the outcomes to be achieved, align the incentives, provide information rapidly on the progress being made, support reflective practice and experimentation, and leave operational decisions to front-line agents safe in the knowledge that they will quickly work out how best to get the job done. In public health, We need to see the patterns and the structural forces that cause diseases. And we need to equip frontline practitioners with the information and organizational supports they need to diagnose problems, to take risks and innovate, to act, to reflect, and to re-act accordingly. We need systems thinking.