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Funding Models for Physician Assistants: Canadian and International Experiences

With sustainable funding models, Canada could better leverage PAs to help address many of its health system goals, such as improved continuity of care, access, equity, and sustainability.

Report | 95 pages | September 2017 | Gabriela Prada, Thy Dinh, Jessica Brichta, Kelly Grimes, Yvonne James | The Conference Board of Canada

Les modèles de financement des adjoints au médecin : La situation au Canada et dans d’autres pays

En recourant davantage aux adjoints au médecin, le Canada pourrait améliorer la continuité des soins, l’accès à ceux-ci, leur équité et leur durabilité. Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d’une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Rapport | 105 pages | September 2017 | Gabriela Prada, Jessica Brichta, Kelly Grimes, Thy Dinh, Yvonne James | Le Conference Board du Canada

Ignite Positivity at Work! Mindful Practices That Transform Teams

Is your team flourishing? The latest research on positive psychology and brain science shows us that by simply increasing positive emotion and adopting some evidence-based practices, we can create the environment for positive and resilient teams. Teams that flourish are more engaged, creative, innovative, and see more opportunities. Organizations with positive and resilient teams have higher employee and customer satisfaction, reduced turnover and lower levels of errors, stress and injury. Yet in most organizations, teamwork is not well developed. Join Deborah Connors (Deb) to find out how to kick-start these positive emotions in your team environment. A captivating speaker, storyteller, author and workplace coach, Deb researches the latest breakthroughs in workplace and personal wellness around the globe. She has interviewed many of the leading thinkers from this field and examined the research on flourishing – both at work and at home. In this session Deb will share some of the key insights from her recent book: A Better Place to Work: Daily Practices that Transform Culture, as it relates to building team positivity and resilience. This involves learning how to be mindful, how to move from vicious cycles to resilient cycles, how to practice gratitude, how to effectively debrief team projects and meetings, and other practices and habits that increase positivity and flourishing at work.

Recorded Webinar | September 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Strategies for Successful Accommodation of Employees with Mental Illness

Are you struggling with understanding how or even why to accommodate employees with mental illness? You are not alone. Employers have a legal duty to accommodate employees with mental health issues. Yet, every week in Canada, 500,000 employees are off work because of mental health. It is often environmental or attitudinal barriers keeping them out of the workplace. For those who continue to work with a mental illness, they could be struggling with their performance. Failure to understand the needs of employees with mental health limitations and how to accommodate them perpetuates stigma, is discriminatory and can result in unnecessary absence and potential legal action.As with a physical disability, with appropriate accommodation, employees with mental health needs can be productive and contribute to the success of the organization. Having a strategy to address accommodation through all stages of employment is essential to meeting your legal duties and is a key ingredient in providing a psychologically healthy and safe workplace for all employees.

Recorded Webinar | August 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Using AI, Big Data and Related Digital Health Innovations

With the current unsettled economic and policy landscape in US health care, many industry players are bracing for potentially greater financial pressures, a changing regulatory and market landscape, and increased consumer-cost sharing. Big Data and artificial intelligence technologies could help health organizations and consumers successfully maximize wellness, efficiencies, and revenues. These innovations are making it easier to access unique insights, make critical decisions, and reshape behavior.

Recorded Webinar | August 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

L’art de l’équilibre : concilier travail et soins aux aînés au Canada

Cette note de recherche examine les tendances et les enjeux liés aux soins aux aînés au Canada, fait ressortir les répercussions de l’obligation de prendre soin de personnes âgées sur les employés et les employeurs, et présente une gamme de mesures d’accommodement et de pratiques exemplaires pour leur mise en œuvre.

Résumé | 32 pages | August 2017 | Heather McAteer | Le Conference Board du Canada

The Juggling Act: Balancing Work and Eldercare in Canada

This briefing examines eldercare trends and issues in Canada, highlights the ways in which eldercare obligations affect employees and employers, and presents a range of accommodation solutions and best practices for implementation.

Briefing | 29 pages | August 2017 | Heather McAteer | The Conference Board of Canada

Demography Is Destiny: Health Spending Prospects for Ontario

Over the past two decades there has been a lively debate about the impact that an aging population will have on health care costs. Ontario needs to continue advancing a seniors strategy, as recommended as early as 1978 by the Ontario Council of Health.

briefing | 16 pages | August 2017 | Owen Adams, Louis Theriault | The Conference Board of Canada

Stretched Too Thin: The Demand for Physiotherapy Services in Canada

The number of Canadians consulting physiotherapists increased from 8.4 per cent of the adult population in 2001 to 11.6 per cent in 2014. This represents an increase of 3.8 per cent per year. By way of comparison, Canada’s adult population has grown by annual average of just 1 per cent since 2001.

Recorded Webinar | August 2017 | Louis Theriault | The Conference Board of Canada

Innovation in Cardiovascular Disease Management: The Impact of PCSK9 Inhibitors

This was a free webinar.Cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevalence incurs significant costs to governments and society in the form of hospitalizations, disease management, and lost productivity. Also, some individuals are at increased risk of a first or repeat CVD event due to high LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) levels. A new medication category—proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 inhibitors (PCSK9i)—can effectively manage dyslipidemia (high cholesterol) in patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease.

Recorded Webinar | July 2017 | Isabelle Gagnon-Arpin | The Conference Board of Canada

L’évaluation des technologies de la santé au Canada : possibilités d’optimisation et de refonte

Le présent rapport met en lumière le paysage actuel de l’évaluation des technologies de la santé (ETS) au Canada et explore les défis et les possibilités qu’elle présente. Une comparaison avec les modèles du Royaume-Uni et de l’Allemagne révèle d’éventuels enseignements pour le Canada.

Résumé | 87 pages | July 2017 | Kelly Grimes, Gabriela Prada, Philip Astles | The Conference Board of Canada

Health Technology Assessment in Canada: Opportunities for Optimization and Redesign

This report shines light on the contemporary health technology assessment (HTA) landscape in Canada and documents the challenge of HTA functions. Comparison with the U.K. and Germany reveals potential lessons for Canada.

Report | 84 pages | July 2017 | Kelly Grimes, Gabriela Prada, Philip Astles, Vicki Foerster, Jessica Brichta | The Conference Board of Canada

Expanding Pharmacy Services in Canada: Measuring the Opportunity

The scope of pharmacy services has expanded in many Canadian jurisdictions in recent years, with each province and territory taking a different approach to optimize these changes for better health and value.

Recorded Webinar | July 2017 | Isabelle Gagnon-Arpin | The Conference Board of Canada

Future Care for Canadian Seniors: A Webinar Primer on Nursing Supply and Demand

Across Canada, health system reform in provinces and territories is addressing the health and social care needs associated with an aging population. Continuing care supports for seniors (i.e., care and services provided in homes, retirement communities, long-term care, and other facilities in the community) are key to these reforms. The services provided by regulated nurses are an important component of continuing care for seniors, and so it is critical to understand the contribution and requirements of nursing in this sector. This 45-minute webinar examines the current role of nurses in continuing care, leverages The Conference Board of Canada’s 2015 report Future Care for Canadian Seniors: A Status Quo Forecast to estimate the nursing demand to provide these supports over the next 30 years, and explores the optimization of nursing roles in this context.

Recorded Webinar | July 2017 | Greg Hermus, Carole Stonebridge | The Conference Board of Canada

Improving Home Care Standards: An Innovative Approach to a National Challenge

In 2016, three national health care organizations, the Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) took up the challenge to improve home care in Canada. Through an innovative and collaborative approach, the Better Home Care National Action Plan was developed and launched on October 27, 2016. The innovative and creative approach was simple—listen and learn from the frontline. Through a series of national consultations (face-to-face and on-line) the Action Plan was developed and evolved to incorporate the experience and expertise of patients, government representatives, health care administrators, family doctors, nurses and home care providers from across Canada.

Recorded Webinar | June 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Future of Home and Community Care: Proceedings From The Centre for the Future of Health Meeting

This briefing presents the highlights of the Centre for the Future of Health’s November 2016 meeting on the future of home and community care and how design, delivery, and support could evolve to suit Canadians’ changing needs.

Briefing | 30 pages | June 2017 | Melissa Lalonde | The Conference Board of Canada

L’avenir des soins à domicile et communautaires : compte rendu de la réunion du Centre pour un avenir en santé

Faits saillants de la réunion de novembre 2016 du Centre pour un avenir en santé sur l’avenir des soins à domicile et communautaires et leur évolution (organisation, prestation et soutien) pour répondre aux besoins changeants des Canadiens. Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d’une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Résumé | 34 pages | June 2017 | Melissa Lalonde | Le Conference Board du Canada

Mental Health and Well-Being In The Workplace: What Works and Why It Makes Business Sense

This report provides recommendations and resources for those looking to begin a well-being initiative at their organization. Four organizations and their well-being programs are profiled in this report: Barclays, RBS, Unilever, and Bupa UK.

Report | 29 pages | June 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Palliative Care Matters: Fostering Change in Canadian Health Care

Palliative Care Matters was launched in June 2016 as an initiative championed by Covenant Health’s Palliative Institute, in partnership with 13 national health organizations. Building on a legacy of reports and recommendations on improving palliative care, and the slow pace of action, these organizations have called for shared, pan-Canadian leadership to ensure all Canadians with life-limiting illness have timely access to high quality, coordinated and integrated palliative care. The initiative is based on a three-phase approach: Talk—Understand—Do to foster a conversation between the public, researchers, and health system leaders on palliative care in Canada. Through an innovative consensus development model, a Lay Panel of 12 Canadians prepared a Consensus statement and recommendations. Our report, Palliative Care Matters: Fostering Change in Canadian Health Care, synthesizes the key themes and aspirations of the recommendations, provides insights on the mechanisms and strategies that could be adopted to realize those aspirations, and identifies potential next steps as initiative takes its next steps in the coming months. In this webinar, Konrad Fassbender from Covenant Health will provide an overview of the Palliative Care Matters initiative, including the context and unique approach used, and the Consensus Statement of the Lay Panel. Report author, Carole Stonebridge, will share the findings from the Conference Board’s analysis, including insights on next steps in moving from the Lay Panel aspirations and recommendations to feasible, actionable policies.

Recorded Webinar | May 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Navigating Health Care for Children: The NaviCare/SoinsNavi Solution

People with complex health conditions use a significant percentage of our health system resources. As individuals, they are faced with the constant struggle to manage their condition while navigating an increasingly complex health and social services system. This struggle can be even more acute when the patient is a child. The impact of care for children affects all family members; dealing with multiple care providers, travelling to distant specialty clinics and hospitals, restrictions in access, and other financial challenges. 15-18% of North American children have been diagnosed with a complex health condition. In light of this, the New Brunswick Children’s Foundation awarded a $750,000 grant to fund research on the implementation of a family-centred navigation service called NaviCare/SoinsNavi. Led by researchers from the University of New Brunswick and Mount Alison University, who partnered with Sykes Assistance Services Corporation, NaviCare/SoinsNavi’s vision is that every child with a complex health condition receives the treatment they require, in a timely manner and in the appropriate setting for their family.

Recorded Webinar | May 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

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