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The IHE has produced a book of the proceedings from the Consensus Development Conference: FASD - Across the Lifespan. Hardcover copies are available for purchase at a unit cost of $25.00 CAD plus $2.50 shipping and handling. Click on the Add to Cart button at the bottom of this page to proceed with your purchase. In followup to the conference, the Institute has produced two…
Objective: To ascertain knowledge gaps in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic low back pain (LBP) in the primary care setting to prepare a scoping survey for identifying knowledge gaps in LBP management among Alberta's primary care practitioners, and to identify potential barriers to implementing a multidisciplinary LBP guideline. Note: This is an Alberta Ambassador…
OBJECTIVE: Life course studies of schizophrenia that have used a 3-phase model (onset,course, and outcome) have had their use restricted owing to differences in definition and methodology. The purpose of this investigation was to describe life course data in mathematical terms and to compare the results with the findings from other life course studies.
On September 23rd and 24th, 2010, the Institute of Health Economics conducted an Inaugural IHE Methodology Forum: Prioritizing Methodological Research in Evaluation of Health Technologies. Delegates from academia, government, industry and other stakeholders involved in the production and use of evidence were brought together to discuss methodological challenges in…
Reflecting the recent increased public awareness of the topic, this is the first and most comprehensive resource for over a decade on the molecular basis, prevalence, treatment options, socioeconomic impact, and prevention strategies of FASD. Edited by world-renowned experts, this compendium includes the latest research results to provide new insights and realistic estimations…
Abstract: Within the school system, children with mental illness receive a variety of services that arise because of their conditions, and that require resources that exceed those provided to other students. Some of these services fall into the category of "specialized mental health" services, while others are additional services provided by teachers as part of their routine activities.…
Emceed by Don Newman, national journalist and broadcaster and Chair of Canada 2020, this fifth session considered the following theme: Innovation and Sustainability in Health Systems. Speakers from all sectors provided a range of perspectives on how to foster innovation and drive towards a more sustainable healthcare system.
Objective: In Canada charitable or nonprofit organizations provide government-contracted mental health and addictions services, and they augment government funding by raising charitable revenues. This study estimated by source the revenues of nonprofit mental health and addictions organizations in Canada.
This review considers the evidence of benefit from use of telerehabilitation (TRH) from studies that had clinical or administrative outcomes.
This overview provides an analysis of the economic landscape of primary care in Alberta and a discussion of the proposed reforms in terms of ends and means.
IHE In Your Pocket 2010 provides current health economic statistics, presented in separate sections on health care resources, health behaviours, health status and demographics, and health system performance. To access the IHE PowerPoint chartpack, please click the following link: IHE PowerPoint Slides.
Objectives: To estimate the prevalence of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and examine the determinants of this behaviour.
OBJECTIVE: In 2004, the three-module, three-year long patient safety program, Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently (MOREOB), was introduced to all clinicians providing obstetrical services in Alberta. We report on an outcomes evaluation of this initiative.
This health technology assessment report is an overview of systematic reviews reporting on the efficacy/effectiveness of psychotherapy and/or pharmacotherapy interventions delivered within Sex Offender Treatment (SOT) programs to reduce the risk of re-offending in convicted adult male sex offenders. Information Specialist: Liz Dennett
Abstract: The article presents information on the Health Technology Assessment. Guidance for health care practices in Sweden were documented when Medical Collegium was established in 1663 to distinguish quackery from medicine and control the poisonous drugs. In early 1980s, Sweden established the Swedish Council on Technology Assessment in Healthcare to assess major diseases…
OBJECTIVES: Values are intrinsic to the use of health technology assessments (HTAs) inhealth policy, but neglecting value assumptions in HTA makes their results appear more robust or normatively neutral than may be the case. Results of a 2003 survey by the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA) revealed the existence of disparate methods…
This report reviews the evidence of telehealth in substance abuse and addiction including the literature on smoking, alcohol, drug abuse and gambling. The included telehealth technologies include videoconferencing, computer, Internet, and telephone.
The economic impact of mental illness and addictions is felt throughout society - in the health care system, the social services system, education, criminal justice, and the workplace. In this booklet we conducted a provincial and national level analysis of the expenditures on mental health and addictions in Canada.
Emceed by Tom Feasby, the University of Calgary‘s Dean of Medicine, this fourth session considered the following theme: Innovation and Economics: Investing in the Future Health System. Speakers from all sectors provided a range of perspectives on the best ways to direct resources so as to ensure a real return on investment.
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to assess the cost-effectiveness of 21 alternativecervical cancer screening (CCS) strategies.
The Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Over the Internet: A Rapid Review of the Scientific Literature report examines the research evidence on the frequency, effects, risk factors of sexual exploitation of children and youth over the Internet. The report also provides information on available resources in Alberta and Canada regarding Internet safety and prevention of child…
Part of the successful Institute of Health Economics (IHE) book series, this handbook and ready reference adopts a unique approach in combining policy recommendations with specific treatment options for Parkinson patients. The first part of the book deals with the clinical medical, social and economical aspects of Parkinson Disease. These ten chapters include the latest diagnosis…
This booklet provides an overview of the System Dynamics (SD) approach and its potential applications in improving access to health services and quality of care. The specific application addressed here is the improvement of care of patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA), as this is a pressing issue in Canada today. The specific health system and population addressed here…
PURPOSE: A study was undertaken to evaluate the utilization rates of routine preoperativeelectrocardiogram (ECG) and chest x-ray (CXR) by sex, age, and most frequent surgery type, and to estimate the total cost of these screening tests.
The Effective Involvement of Patients in Health Technology Decisions: What Does Best Look Like? program presented some of the latest international and Canadian developments in policy in this important area. It also included presentations from experts and interactive discussion amongst the participants.
BACKGROUND: There is an extensive body of literature on health system quality reporting that has yet to be characterized. Scoping is a novel methodology for systematically assessing the breadth of a body of literature in a particular research area. Our objectives were to showcase the scoping review methodology in the review of health system quality reporting, and to reporton…
This report on Means Restriction for Suicide Prevention provides a summary of information regarding national means restriction policies/strategies and national/provincial intentional overdose prevention policies/strategies and their effectiveness. Policies/strategies that focus on children, youth, and young adults are of particular interest. This report consists of two parts: Part…