Samuel E D Shortt

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BACKGROUND Waiting times for surgical and other procedures are an important measure of how well the health care system responds to patient needs. In a universal health care system such as Canada's, it is important to determine if waiting times vary by socioeconomic status (SES). We compared waiting times for elective surgery of patients living in low and(More)
Although preliminary evidence shows that people generally prefer to die at home, very little is known about where Canadians die. Understanding the epidemiology of dying in Canada may illuminate opportunities to improve quality of end-of-life care and related health policy. We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of death records in Canada to determine the(More)
This paper summarizes current knowledge about social capital and its application to health policy. There is a consensus that social capital is a characteristic of social groups, rather than individuals, and is born of shared experience which fosters mutual trust and reciprocity. It is a collective resource that may accumulate over time and facilitates the(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the scope and breadth of knowledge currently available regarding the integration of rehabilitation and primary care services. DATA SOURCES Peer-reviewed journals were searched using CINAHL, MEDLINE, and EBM Reviews for the years 1995 through 2007. This process identified 172 items. STUDY SELECTION To be considered for the(More)
This descriptive study takes stock of the nation's health services and health policy research capacity by profiling the organizational models, operational challenges and success strategies utilized by Canadian academic health policy research centres. While each such centre is unique, the results point to some common themes, including symbiotic relationships(More)
From the *Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC; †Queen’s Health Policy Research Unit, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ont.; the ‡Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC; §Access Consulting Limited,(More)
A n abyss divides common understandings about waiting lists from evidence about their nature and causes and what might work to rationalize them. In a recent comprehensive report for Health Canada we found that the state of waiting-list information and management systems in Canada is woefully inadequate, particularly for elective procedures. Here, we(More)
BACKGROUND Primary care reform initiatives in Ontario are proceeding with little information about the views of practicing family physicians. METHODS A postal questionnaire was sent to 1200 randomly selected family physicians in Ontario five months after the initial invitation to join the Ontario Family Health Network. It sought information about their(More)
The Choosing Wisely campaign began in the USA in 2012 to encourage physicians and patients to discuss inappropriate and potentially harmful tests, treatments and procedures. Since its inception, the campaign has grown substantially and has been adopted by 12 countries around the world. Of great interest to countries implementing the campaign, is the(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to describe factors contributing to the decision-making processes of elderly persons as they formulate advance directives in long-term care. DESIGN AND METHODS This study was qualitative, based on grounded theory. Recruitment was purposive and continued until saturation was reached. Nine residents of a long-term-care(More)