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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 2004

    • Heart attack patients have dangerous waits for drugs in the ED
    • High volume surgeons better for patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms
    • Framework developed for Ontario's first report card on public health
    • ICES study outlines cost of implementing new privacy legislation
    • Nursing home residents less likely to get inappropriate drugs
  • November 2004

    • Study provides insights into non-invasive cardiac testing in Ontario
    • Higher income people more likely to receive colorectal cancer tests
    • Little evidence available to support the use of atypical antipsychotics to treat dementia
    • Flu outbreaks account for nearly 25% of ED overcrowding
    • Antihypertensive medications do not increase risk of type 2 diabetes
  • October 2004

    • Study offers insights into seasonal patterns for influenza and pneumonia hospitalizations
    • Certain common medications can cause lithium toxicity in the elderly
    • Ontario wait times for arthritis-related joint surgeries increase by up to 9 weeks
    • Beta-blocker therapy safe for certain heart failure patients
    • Study maps mammography use in large urban cities
  • September 2004

    • Access to specialists improves treatment for arthritis patients
    • Colonoscopy does not detect all colon cancers
    • Socioeconomic status affects common childhood surgeries
    • Study shows wide variation in cardiac arrest outcomes across Canada
    • Atypical antipsychotic drugs not associated with increased risk of stroke in elderly
  • July/August 2004

    • Spironolactone use can lead to increased hospitalizations and deaths from high potassium
    • More hospital beds filled by patients requiring life support
    • More detailed cardiac procedure data needed
    • Low number of Ontarians screened for colorectal cancer
    • Certain maternal factors cause developmental disorders in young children
  • June 2004

    • Use of anti-inflammatory drugs associated with greater risk of hospitalization for heart failure
    • Patients should see hospital physicians after discharge
    • Leading causes of global death and disability not being studied in clinical trials
    • Many common illnesses increase risk of suicide in elderly
    • Most deaths in men with prostate cancer not due to prostate cancer
  • May 2004

    • Essential health services not disrupted by SARS outbreak
    • Nearly 25% of nursing home residents on antipsychotic drugs within one year of admission
    • Ontario study offers first population-wide look at childhood asthma in Canada
    • Outcomes can be better at hospitals that perform high volumes of various complex surgeries
    • Many Canadian heart failure patients experience poor outcomes
  • April 2004

    • Privacy concerns hinder the development of useful medical registries needed to improve care
    • Infant hospitalizations impacted by family’s health
    • Patients at high risk for stroke are being under treated in Ontario
    • Study shows striking variation in the use of end-of-life care in U.S. hospitals
    • Rectal cancer patients treated at high-volume hospitals have better outcomes
  • March 2004

    • Nearly one quarter of hospital patients experienced an adverse event after discharge
    • Consumer expectations vs. health system sustainability: can a balance be achieved?
    • Obesity and asthma unrelated in children
    • Thousands more Ontarians should be screened for colorectal cancer
    • ALLHAT trial shows that physicians’ prescribing patterns change in response to new evidence
  • February 2004

    • Isolating patients for infection control may have unintended consequences
    • Diabetes impacts both quality and length of life
    • Migraines a major cause of frequent emergency department visits
    • Achieving Canadian benchmarks for hospital cardiac care would save lives
    • Parkinson’s patients hospitalized more often for certain conditions
  • January 2004

    • New approach needed for drug evaluation in Canada
    • Chest pain patients in higher SES neighbourhoods have shorter ambulance transport times
    • Elderly men in the U.S. are receiving excessive screening for prostate cancer
    • Heart failure index can help doctors predict risk of death
    • Dementia patients use more resources, but in a similar pattern to patients without dementia
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