William Edward Osmun

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OBJECTIVES To understand the characteristics of patients who leave hospital against medical advice (known as "discharges against medical advice" [DAMA]) in a small community hospital and to study how these patients compare to current literature on the topic. To evaluate chart documentation pertaining to such discharges. METHODS A retrospective chart audit(More)
OBJECTIVE Many parents of preschool-age children have concerns about how to discipline their child but few receive help. We examined the effects of a brief treatment along with usual care, compared with receiving usual care alone. Patients. Parents (N = 178) with concerns about their 2- to 5-year olds' discipline were recruited when they visited their(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the medical, ethical, and legal obligations in caring for adults with developmental disabilities (DDs) living in the community. SOURCES OF INFORMATION Google and MEDLINE searches were conducted using the terms disabled, disability, vulnerable, and community. The pertinent legislation was reviewed. MAIN MESSAGE The treatment of a(More)
PROBLEM BEING ADDRESSED Increasing workload and concerns about physician exhaustion necessitated reorganizing the delivery of obstetric services on Manitoulin Island in Ontario. OBJECTIVE OF PROGRAM To organize obstetrics in a remote rural community to provide safe, accessible care, improve working conditions for local physicians, and involve the local(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine patients' attitudes to comforting touch in family practice. DESIGN A survey was designed with statements and responses to proposed scenarios. SETTING Twenty family practices throughout Ontario. PARTICIPANTS Family practice patients; of 400 surveys distributed, 376 were completed (94% response rate). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES(More)