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INTRODUCTION Emergency departments (EDs) are key entry points to hospital care, and issues of overcrowding and poor patient flow have become a priority in Canada. Studies have sought to determine factors that influence ED wait times in an effort to improve patient flow. We sought to identify the impact of factors such as patient age, triage level, comorbid(More)
Registered respiratory therapists (RRTs) aid in the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory illness and cardiopulmonary disorders, conditions that are increasingly being managed in settings other than the hospital sector. However, analysis of a longitudinal data set of Ontario's RRTs (2,903) from 1996 to 2007 demonstrates that the majority of RRTs work(More)
Increases in schoolyard bullying and physical inactivity have become important issues to many stakeholders. Peers Running Organized Play Stations (PROPS) is a program designed to address these two issues in elementary schools. Using a "train the trainer" approach, PROPS was introduced to 41 schools. Results of a process evaluation indicate that the(More)
This research reports on satisfaction with the introduction of an electronic document management system in a tertiary hospital environment. A buffet of training and familiarization options were offered: one-on-one training, open house, drop-in, e-learning, classroom training, and self-study. It was found that professions differ in their pattern of(More)
OBJECTIVE To conduct an exploratory process evaluation of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's (MOHLTC) New Graduate Nursing Initiative implemented by one home care agency. METHODS Qualitative data were gathered online, stored electronically and then analyzed using an Affinity Diagram. RESULTS Seven groupings of participants' comments(More)
Objectives Debate continues on whether leukoreduction alone (LR) is sufficiently similar to leukoreduced cellular products drawn from cytomegalovirus (CMV)-seronegative (SN) donors to minimize the risk of transfusion-transmitted CMV (TT-CMV). We sought to determine the policy, inventory, and practice landscape of the province for TT-CMV mitigation. (More)
BACKGROUND ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) remains the second leading cause of death in Canada. Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has been recognized as an effective method for treating STEMI. Improved access to primary PCI can be achieved through the implementation of regional PCI centres, which was the impetus for implementing(More)
This report is a description of a balanced scorecard design and evaluation process conducted for the health information management department at an urban non-teaching hospital in Canada. The creation of the health information management balanced scorecard involved planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the indicators within the balanced(More)
The objective of this exploratory qualitative study was to describe (1) the key factors affecting women's initial decision to explore the use of bioidentical hormone, (2) where women gather their information on bioidentical hormones, (3) the enablers and barriers to obtaining bioidentical hormones, and (4) how to improve the bioidentical hormone replacement(More)
OBJECTIVE In February 2007, the Health Council of Canada, in its third annual report, emphasized the need for pan-Canadian data on our health care system. To date, no studies have examined the strengths and weaknesses of emergency health services (EHS) administrative databases, as perceived by researchers. We undertook a qualitative study to determine, from(More)
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