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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 2015

    • New ICES atlas examines head and neck cancer surgery in Ontario
    • Physician-diagnosed migraine associated with increased risk of deliberate self-harm
    • Less than half of eligible Ontarians get all recommended screening tests for cancer, diabetes and heart disease
    • Study of pregnancy complications finds refugee women in Ontario have higher rates of HIV
    • Rural seniors underuse preventive diagnostic services for acute myocardial infarction
  • November 2015

    • Regular physician visits improve uptake of mammograms as women age
    • Increased risk of suicide after bariatric surgery indicates need for patient screening
    • One in 30 Ontario women require vaginal mesh revision or removal surgery after treatment for stress urinary incontinence
    • Residents of for-profit long-term care homes have higher hospitalization and mortality rates than residents of not-for-profit facilities
    • Women with intellectual and developmental disabilities have more labour inductions and caesarean sections
  • October 2015

    • Study shows “healthy immigrant” effect in rates of major cardiovascular events in Ontario
    • No increase in adverse outcomes for elective day surgery when doctor worked night before
    • Study establishes risk of death during chronic opioid therapy, men at much higher risk than women
    • Air pollution exposure leads to increased health service use by people with chronic illness
    • Source region plays a role in type and intensity of mental health services accessed by immigrants
  • September 2015

    • South Asian men and black women and men show greatest decline in heart health over past decade in Ontario
    • Hunger in Ontario leads to poorer health, higher health costs
    • Pay-for-performance program shows modest improvement in ED wait times
    • Chickenpox immunization program has led to drop in physician and ED visits
    • Being diagnosed with diabetes late in life associated with higher risk of dementia
  • July/August 2015

    • ICES/OBI study examines the impact of 13 brain disorders in Ontario
    • Prenatal screening rates in Ontario vary significantly based on where women live and who provides their care
    • Residents of car-dependent neighbourhoods 70% more likely to be obese than those living in “walker’s paradise”
    • Residents of nursing homes with high antibiotic use are at higher risk of antibiotic-related adverse events
    • Repeat colonoscopies overused, especially in patients at low risk for colorectal cancer
  • June 2015

    • Too many unnecessary tests performed before low-risk surgical procedures in Ontario
    • Some immigrants and refugees at higher risk of psychotic disorders compared to the general Ontario population
    • Carrying a boy increases a pregnant woman’s risk of developing gestational diabetes
    • Patients prescribed warfarin in the ED have higher frequency of long-term use than those prescribed the drug by a primary care provider
    • Balance of primary care and specialist physician services required for HIV patients
  • May 2015

    • Only half of patients receive follow-up care within seven days of leaving the ED with a new diagnosis of irregular heartbeat
    • Hospital-level prevention strategies have limited effectiveness against spread of C. difficile
    • Direct mail reminders to patients improve follow-up colonoscopy rates
    • New research shows early benefits from the HPV vaccine in young girls
    • Immigrants to Canada have lower risk for cardiovascular events than long-term residents
  • April 2015

    • Suicide-risk study identifies new opportunity for prevention
    • Ontario’s Métis population has significantly higher rate of cardiovascular disease
    • New primary care models appear to improve quality of care for asthma patients
    • Women with diabetes more likely to be diagnosed with advanced-stage breast cancer
    • Health care during the last month of life costs an average of $14,000 per patient in Ontario
  • March 2015

    • Family physicians and psychiatrists among the most common specialties caring for Ontarians with HIV
    • Combining neuraxial and general anesthesia leads to no reduction in medical complications following surgery
    • Risk of ischemic stroke highest during first 30 days of warfarin therapy
    • ICES report examines the burden of mental illness and addictions on Ontario children and youth
    • Repeated performance assessments improve predictions for cancer patient risk of death
  • February 2015

    • Mortality rate gap between Ontarians with and without rheumatoid arthritis unchanged from 1996 to 2009
    • Chemotherapy-associated toxicities linked to high rates of ED and hospital use in women treated for early breast cancer
    • Blood glucose level can predict mortality and hospitalization risk in patients with acute heart failure syndromes
    • Sub-Saharan African women remain at greatest risk for severe maternal morbidity after immigrating to Western countries
    • New tool predicts risk of hospital readmission for psychiatric patients
  • January 2015

    • Only one-third of Ontario pharmacies participate in smoking cessation program
    • No change in proportion of spinal cord injury patients assessed by a urologist in a decade
    • Prevalence of ankylosing spondylitis nearly tripled in Ontario in 20 years
    • Increased number of Ontario children and youth being treated for concussion
    • Salivary gland cancer surgery rates in Ontario vary significantly by health region
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