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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 / Nov / 2012
Myth: High Patient Satisfaction Means High Quality Care
While quality of care is often evaluated through patient satisfaction surveys, results can be influenced by factors independent of care delivery and have proven to be, at times, unreliable and invalid. To truly evaluate and improve quality, healthcare providers must capture the patient experience through meaningful engagement strategies.
04 / Jun / 2012
Myth: Reframing Mental Illness as a 'Brain Disease' Reduces Stigma
This Mythbusters examines the belief that stigma can be reduced by emphasizing the biological nature of mental illness. Despite good intentions, evidence actually shows that anti-stigma campaigns that stress the biological causes of mental illness have not been effective, and have often worsened stigma.
29 / May / 2012
Myth: Canada Needs More Doctors
This Mythbusters challenges the belief that Canada has a doctor shortage. Access to doctors is certainly a problem for some Canadians, but there seems to be more than enough in some areas. In short, it’s not a shortage we need to be worrying about, but the equitable distribution of the workforce we already have.
27 / Feb / 2012
Myth: Activity-based Funding Leads to For-profit Hospital Care
This Mythbusters explores how activity-based funding (ABF) is really one piece of the hospital funding jigsaw. Implemented carefully, it can play a role in reducing wait times and enhancing hospital accountability.