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At a Glance

At a Glance is a monthly e-newsletter highlighting key findings of recent ICES research. At a Glance was redesigned in April 2016 to better share our work visually through infographics, videos and news stories. Subscribe to At a Glance.

  • December 2003

    • Heart disease drug expenditures soar in Canada
    • Lower income people with diabetes suffering excessive hospitalizations
    • Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) do not cause acute pancreatitis in the elderly
    • High-volume surgeons improve outcomes for patients undergoing certain high-risk procedures
    • Certain patient characteristics can predict risk of stroke or death after carotid endarterectomy
  • November 2003

    • Heart disease risk factors and death rates vary across Canada
    • Restrictions to provincial drug plan coverage have a major impact on drug use and expenditures
    • Volume of high-risk surgeries performed at hospitals unrelated to length of stay or readmission
    • Better evidence needed to support PET use in evaluating Alzheimer’s disease
    • One type of heparin is better for treating acute coronary syndromes in rural hospital settings
  • October 2003

    • Canadian hospitalization rates for cardiovascular conditions increasing
    • Emergency department “gridlock” results in delays for patients with chest pain
    • Polysporin ointment reduces infections and mortality in dialysis patients
    • Parkinson’s patients not receiving adequate access to specialists
    • HOPE (Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation) trial’s effect on ramipril prescribing unprecedented
  • September 2003

    • Waiting times for cardiac procedures pose significant hazards for heart attack patients
    • Survival improving dramatically for Hodgkin’s disease patients
    • Ontario First Nations people receiving inadequate primary care
    • Treatment advice varies between medical directors and their respective poison centres
    • Impact of chronic conditions on quality of life varies by age and gender
  • July/August 2003

    • Standardized data collection is a prerequisite to managing access to MRI services
    • Estrogen replacement therapy use dropped dramatically after landmark study
    • Treatment by cardiologists does improve outcomes for heart failure patients
    • Implantable defibrillators can prevent sudden cardiac death better than medications alone
    • Diabetes increases the risk of developing and dying from infectious diseases
  • June 2003

    • Pre-operative chest X-ray and ECG are often unnecessary
    • New baby in home increases risk of iron poisoning in young children
    • Low screening rates for diabetic eye disease may be due to changes in OHIP coverage
    • Surgery in high-volume hospitals prevents few post-operative deaths
    • ICES Cardiovascular Atlas provides stimulus for improvement
  • May 2003

    • Parkinson’s disease is placing a heavy financial burden on Ontario’s health care system
    • Key cause of emergency department overcrowding is a lack of inpatient beds
    • Inequities in accessing specialists mainly due to geography
    • Drug interactions in the elderly are causing unnecessary admissions
    • Physicians under-treating diabetic heart attack patients
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