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August 13, 2018

Death and Dying in PICU: Bringing academic focus and wisdom to frontline care

The death of a child is profound, with implications that impact the family and the health-care team for years. A new framework is helping clinicians advance compassionate evidence-informed care of critically ill children. Karen Dryden-Palmer and Christopher Parshuram are clinicians and academics in the SickKids Critical Care Program.

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August 10, 2018

What it means to have friends who understand

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 perspective on the challenges of feeling “different” and “alone” and what it means to have a peer network that understands.

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April 11, 2018

Intersection of the pain crisis and the opioid crisis

Though recent attention about the use of opioids has focused on the potential negative outcomes, the reality is opioids are indispensable for the treatment of pain. Drs. Fiona Campbell and Lisa Isaac, staff anesthesiologists, share their perspective.

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March 26, 2018

Creating communities of practice for epilepsy

On Purple Day, Drs. Elizabeth Donner and Carter Snead share their perspective on the need to help bridge an understanding of what it means to live with the impacts of epilepsy, and the launch of Project ECHO Ontario: Epilepsy Across the Lifespan.

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March 7, 2018

International Women’s Day 2018: Claudia Schauer’s global child health journey

Global health is undergoing tectonic shifts. Claudia Schauer reflects on her global child health journey helping aid developed countries improve malnutrition among children.

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March 7, 2018

Social workers change lives one question at a time

Whether it be brief therapy, psychosocial support, psychotherapy, advocacy, or case management, social workers provide essential mental health supports to patients and families at SickKids.

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February 7, 2018

Why humanitarian and academic organizations should be working together

Dr. Stanley Zlotkin, Chief of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, and Dr. Salim Sohani, Director of Global Health at the Canadian Red Cross, share how and why their organizations are working together to improve the lives of women, children, newborns and adolescents globally.

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January 31, 2018

The power of peer support in health care

Kelly McNaughton, Manager of the Peer Support Program at SickKids, reflects on Bell Let's Talk Day and how our Peer Support and Trauma Program is helping improve the psychological health and safety of our staff and penetrate the cycle of silence around the topic of mental health.

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December 20, 2017

Your Emergency Department answering your questions

During cold and flu season, it's important to be aware of when a trip to the Emergency Department is needed and when it isn’t. Jason Fischer, Division Head, Emergency Medicine Division, answers your questions about coming to the Emergency Department.

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December 4, 2017

Investing in our future: Time for a ‘moonshot’ to reduce Canada’s childhood mortality

Dr. Michael Apkon, President and CEO of SickKids reflects on the opportunities to enhance value and gauge improvement in the Canadian health-care system. Adapted from a speech to the Empire Club of Canada.

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November 21, 2017

Living with a facial difference

SickKids patients shared their experiences living with facial differences through letters to the star of the new film 'Wonder'. Farah Sheikh, social worker in the Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Programs at SickKids, shares her perspective on helping raise awareness of the emotional and social challenges faced by patients living with a facial difference in their schools, community and in their everyday lives.

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November 15, 2017

‘Grieving in chunks’: helping kids cope with the death of a loved one

Norah Shaughnessy, Grief Support Coordinator at SickKids, reflects on how children and families can be better supported through their own bereavement experience.

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