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The Perspective
The Perspective

Welcome to The Perspective, a new forum where The Hospital for Sick Children’s leaders, clinicians, researchers, patients and families and other members of the SickKids community offer their unique perspectives on paediatric health-care issues which are making news.  Through The Perspective our contributors will offer their point of view on a wide range of issue that affect the health and well-being of children.

Kidney donation
Living kidney donation: A selfless act of giving the gift of life (Tuesday, November 27, 2018)
Although not a cure, successful kidney transplants significantly improves the lives of children with kidney disease. They have improved energy levels and appetites and have fewer fluid and dietary restrictions, facilitating a more normal growth and development, which gives them more ability to achieve many of their dreams and milestones.
staff/volunteer
Preventing holiday burns (text image)
Holiday burn prevention strategies (Monday, November 26, 2018)
Let’s make this holiday season one to remember for the right reasons. Protect those you care about with these simple burn prevention strategies, used now and for all future occasions!
staff/volunteer
Link to perspective by Helena Kirk about Helena's Hope
Advocating for a national childhood cancer strategy – Helena’s Hope (Friday, September 14, 2018)
Helena Kirk discusses her own cancer journey and her current advocacy efforts for increased funding for paediatric cancers.
patient/family
Link to Perspective by Dr. Karen Leslie and Connie Cameron about cannabis
Conversations about cannabis in Canada (Wednesday, August 29, 2018)
There are many conversations happening in our country related to cannabis. Two primary focuses of discussion relate to its medical use and its legalization for recreational use. These two conversations, though related, have important distinctions. This Perspective by Dr. Karen Leslie and Connie Cameron aims to characterize those differences by presenting the knowledge and evidence that distinguishes them.
staff/volunteer
End-of-life Care perspective
Death and Dying in PICU: Bringing academic focus and wisdom to frontline care (Monday, August 13, 2018)
Karen Dryden-Palmer and Christopher Parshuram, clinicians and academics in the SickKids Critical Care Program, give their perspective on end-of-life care.
staff/volunteer
Youth Day
What it means to have friends who understand (Friday, August 10, 2018)
International Youth Day serves as an annual celebration of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth. As a sibling of a SickKids patient and a patient herself, Vanessa Williams shares her unique insight on the challenges of feeling “different” and “alone” and what it means to have a peer network that understands.
patient/family