This report compares the use of telemental health services in Canada and Finland, focusing specifically on the use of videoconferencing. Information Specialist: Janice Varney
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Evidence of benefit from telemental health applications: a systematic review. This review considers the evidence of benefit from use of telemental health (TMH) in studies that had clinical, economic, or administrative outcomes. The review also includes studies that provided information on the accuracy or feasibility of TMH. Information Specialist: Janice Varney
This booklet brings together information that demonstrates the burden of mental illness and where Canada’s mental health system ranks among other developed countries. It also provides important consolidated information on key indicators that depict the state of our mental health system.
Rationale and objective: A research translation strategy for chronic pain was developed that has significant potential to advance the usefulness of systematic reviews (SRs) in clinical practice. Note: This is an Alberta Ambassador Guideline Adaptation Program related publication.
The Alberta Diabetes Surveillance System (ADSS) was created in 2006 in a partnership between Alberta Health and Wellness (AHW) and the Institute of Health Economics (IHE). The purpose of the ADSS is to provide information on diabetes in the province of Alberta. This information includes the incidence, prevalence and use of health care services for people with diabetes, along with…
World In Your Pocket - A Handbook of International Health Economic Statistics includes the most current available data, presented in separate sections on health status, health care costs, health resources, health resources, health resource utilization, and health system performance.
This consensus statement on how to prevent low birth weight was developed to inform patients, health policy, and practice. It is a product of the IHE Consensus Development Conference on Healthy Mothers - Healthy Babies: How to Prevent Low Birth Weight held April 23 to 25, 2007
This booklet is a compendium of existing statistics related to the economic aspect of childhood immunizations in Canada. It brings together, in one document, data obtained from a wide range of sources. It covers topics related to the economic and epidemiological burden of childhood diseases, resources used, and system performance from provincial, national, and international viewpoints.
Routine Preoperative Tests - Are They Necessary? is about routine preoperative testing on otherwise healthy patients who are scheduled for elective surgery. This report is a synopsis of the findings from some of the major health technology assessments and systematic reviews on preoperative testing published during the last two decades. The implications of these results for Alberta…
Safety and efficacy of inhaled nitric oxide in the management of hypoxemic respiratory failure in adults with acute respiratory distress syndrome. This report was prepared in collaboration with the Health Technology Assessment program of the Institute of Health Economics, SEARCH Canada, and Calgary Health Region. It focuses on the published scientific evidence regarding the safety…
Evaluation of enzyme immunoassay and immunoblot testing for the diagnosis of syphilis in Alberta. A new protocol for testing and diagnosing syphilis has been proposed in Alberta. The protocol proposes replacing rapid plasma reagin (RPR) with enzyme immunoassay (EIA) as the standard initial test and replacing Treponema pallidum (T. pallidum) particle agglutination assay (TPPA) and…
A successful screening program for cystic fibrosis (CF) refers to the ability of the program to appropriately identify and refer for care those with CF, while meeting the needs of those who do not have CF, particularly those infants identified by the screening program as carriers (individuals unaffected by CF but have a mutation in one of their CFTR genes). Some measures of success…
The use of the automated auditory brainstem response and otoacoustic emissions tests for newborn hearing screening. Permanent congenital hearing impairment/loss (PCHI) is one of the most common congenital anomalies found at birth which can be expected to lead to delays and deficits in the development of speech, language, cognition and learning, as well as secondary effects on the…
Teleoncology: Applications and associated benefits for the adult population. This report determines the current state of evidence on teleoncology applications to improve access to care closer to home for rural patients and families affected by a diagnosis of cancer. It follows an earlier report by Marie-Josée Paquin prepared as part of her participation in the SEARCH Classic…
Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) HTA Report #6. This report provides details of a telepsychiatry pilot project undertaken by the Provincial Mental Health Advisory Board-Central Alberta (PMHAB) in cooperation with four Regional Health Authorities. It supplements an earlier report issued by the Board describing the pilot project evaluation and has been prepared…
Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) HTA Report #5. This assessment of computerized gait analysis in the management of children with cerebral palsy (CP) or spina bifida (SB) has been prepared at the request of the Glenrose Hospital, Edmonton. The hospital has already undertaken developmental work towards establishing a gait analysis facility. Advice was sought…
Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) HTA Report #4. This outline of issues in the assessment of telehealth is intended as a resource document for health care funders, providers and administrators. Health authorities and others in Alberta face decisions on the procurement and use of this information and communication technology. Such decisions should be informed…
Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) HTA Report #3. The intent of this report is to inform medical practitioners and the public on the current status of in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET) as a treatment for various types of infertility, and on its use and coverage in Canada. The report has been prepared because of the interest and debate regarding…
Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) HTA Report #2. This paper is intended as a short overview of the effectiveness and status of a neurosurgical procedure, posteroventral pallidotomy (PVP), which is used in the treatment of some people with Parkinson's Disease. NOTE: In 2006 the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research HTA unit moved to IHE. Documents…