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Mythbusters is a series of articles that summarize the best available evidence to challenge widely held beliefs about issues in Canadian healthcare. They were developed from 1998 to 2013. Note, that information was current as of the published date.


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01 / Jun / 2007
Myth: Generic drugs are lower-quality and less safe than brand-name drugs
Consumers and possibly some prescribers may need to rethink some of their assumptions about whether reserving a place for brand-name drugs on their medicine shelf is always best.
01 / Mar / 2007
Myth: We can improve quality one doctor at a time
Physicians aim to provide quality healthcare for their patients, but they cannot achieve high-quality healthcare alone or without support.
01 / Dec / 2006
Myth: The risks of immunizing children often outweigh the benefits
When you consider the number of lives immunizations save each year, it actually costs more not to invest in vaccination programs.
01 / Sep / 2006
Myth: People use health system report cards to make decisions about their healthcare
The best bang for our buck may come by focusing on where the research says we’re already making the most headway — making report cards multidimensional and useful for health professionals, institutions, and decision makers.

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Quebec COPD initiative casts a wide net in area with many aging, low income smokers

19 percent of admissions to the local hospital in 2013-14 were for patients with a diagnosed respiratory disease, compared to an estimated national rate of 13 percent.

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