Spirituality linked with better health outcomes, patient care | News

For immediate release: July 12, 2022 Boston, MA—Spirituality should be incorporated into care for both serious illness and overall health, according to a study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “This study represents the most rigorous and comprehensive systematic analysis of the modern day literature regarding health and spirituality to date,” said Tracy Balboni, lead author and senior physician at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and professor of radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School. “Our findings indicate that attention to spirituality in serious illness and in health should be...

Tackling Implicit Bias in Health Care

Implicit and explicit biases are among many factors that contribute to disparities in health and health care.1 Explicit biases, the attitudes and assumptions that we acknowledge as part of our personal belief systems, can be assessed directly by means of self-report. Explicit, overtly racist, sexist, and homophobic attitudes often underpin discriminatory actions. Implicit biases, by contrast, are attitudes and beliefs about race, ethnicity, age, ability, gender, or other characteristics that operate outside our conscious awareness and can be measured only indirectly. Implicit biases surreptitiously influence judgment and can, without intent, contribute to discriminatory behavior.2 A person can hold explicit egalitarian...

CUPE calls for Saskatchewan long-term health care facilities to remain in public sector

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is calling on the Saskatchewan government to reconsider a private option for the Regina Pioneer Village. Last week, the Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Health Authority issued a request for proposal to find proponents to provide up to 375 standard long-term care beds in Regina. Read more: Scott Moe talks energy security and health transfer ahead of premiers meeting “We are committed to providing the best possible services for long-term care residents in Regina, now and into the future,” Mental Health and Addictions, Seniors and Rural and Remote Health Minister Everett Hindley...

Advancing health care and reconciliation: The contributions of 4 of this year’s Order of Canada members

Read Story TranscriptLorraine M. Wright was completely stunned when she got the call recognizing her as a member of the Order of Canada. "I don't drink coffee, but my hands were actually trembling when they told me the news," she told The Current guest host Nahlah Ayed. "It was pretty, pretty overwhelming."The former nurse and author is one of 85 new appointees to the Order of Canada this year. It's one of the country's highest civilian honours — and this year's list includes Canada's first Indigenous female MP, Ethel Blondin-Andrew; and sports legends Angela James and Donovan Bailey.Wright, who's being recognized...

‘Grave mistake’: Health care providers urge province to reinstate mask mandates in health-care settings

A growing group of health care providers is calling on the province to reverse its decision to remove mask mandates in settings with vulnerable people.A letter of appeal to the provincial government, launched by York Region emergency room Dr. Stephen Flindall and signed by almost 100 physicians and other concerned individuals, is seeking a return to provincial mandates in all Ontario health care settings.“We believe the recent decision by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care was a grave mistake,” the letter says, because it puts vulnerable patients at risk and sends a...