As an almost 40-year-old male, I vividly recall the time in history when Princess Leia was a very big deal.
The character played by actress Carrie Fisher in the iconic Star Wars films of the 1970s and 80s instantly brings images of beauty, grace, humour and strength to the forefront.
As a young boy, it was this character that introduced me to Ms. Fisher, the actress. However, years later I view that character of Princess Leia as the lesser of the notable roles played by the actress who died suddenly on December 27, 2016 at the age of 60.
In December, 2014, Ontario Shores partnered with Canada Health Infoway to launch the ‘Healthcheck’ Patient Portal with the aim to provide patients and caregivers access to their personal health information and promote patient engagement and partnerships in care.
To date there are 605 registered portal users at Ontario Shores. Of these users, 94 are ‘proxy users’, defined as family, friends, and caregivers. Feedback received from users includes that “Just having my own access has given me freedom as a patient”, and “it is an excellent tool to cultivate autonomy.”
The bar is being raised for mental health care providers in terms of the quality of care received by people living with mental illness.
At its annual Health Quality Transformation Conference last month in Toronto, Health Quality Ontario (HQO) unveiled its first three Quality Standards in an effort to advance mental health care in Ontario.
These Quality Standards address key opportunities for improvement in the care of major depression, schizophrenia and behavioural symptoms of dementia based on the identified need for improvement in these three areas; each identified need is expressed as a quality statement, with a target of 100% compliance with the statement.