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  • Patient Engagement

    What is the ‘use’ of patient engagement in organizations?

    Patient engagement as way to inform quality improvement is becoming more and more common. This is a process by which patients (and/or their family caregivers) are asked to use their experiences with health care to help improve policies and programs within organizations. While this form of engagement is related to the imperative for more informed…

  • Patient Engagement

    Our Humanity is the Greatest Healing Power we can Offer

    The personal experience of excellent, compassionate care convinces me that our humanity is the greatest healing power we can offer. When my Mom developed significant cognitive deficits, it became obvious that it was impossible for her to stay in her home. She had lived there alone for over 30 years, far from neighbours and the…

  • Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    Stressing over Compassion

    “Watching Someone Die and Feeling – Nothing”  writes Dr. Seema Marwaha. I’ve been thinking a lot about the stress she described over the lack of emotional response she had in the face of a patient tragedy. I was struck with the magnitude of her aspiration to find a balance between managing the needs of her…

  • History of Medicine

    How Smallpox Impacted the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia from 1800-1867

    “…We were strong but you were stronger, and we were conquered. …Before you came we had no sickness…now small pox, measles and fevers destroy our tribe…The whole of our people in Nova Scotia is about 1500. Of that number 106 died in 1846, and the number of deaths in 1848 was, we believe, 94. We…

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