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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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Dedicated ACE unit reduces falls, improves staff satisfaction

Whitehorse General serves eight municipalities along with several smaller communities spread over an area of more than 482,000 square kilometers – all of which have limited access to health services. It has a high proportion of alternate level of care (ALC) patients (30 to 34 percent) due to a lack of long-term care beds and unavailability of 24-hour community support services such as home care.

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