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Study shows cultural safety differences affect palliative care perception in South Asian populations

Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2021 12:44 PM

Osler and McMaster University study underscores work needed to make palliative care more accessible

When dealing with a life-limiting illness, palliative care can improve the quality of life for patients and families. However, for many people, the fear of “end of life” care prevents them from exploring it. A recent study from William Osler Health System (Osler) and McMaster University examined awareness of palliative care in the South Asian community and found that culture plays a critical role in...

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Osler delivers first doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Brampton

Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 12:00 AM

Long-term care home employee receives first vaccine in Ontario’s hardest-hit community as province rolls out Phase One of COVID-19 immunization program

William Osler Health System (Osler) administered Brampton’s first COVID-19 vaccination today after opening its COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Brampton Civic Hospital. The clinic will initially vaccinate health care workers who provide direct care in high-risk settings, with a priority focus on staff working in long-term care in Peel Region.

Vilma Whyte,...

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A child life specialist’s holiday guide for parents

Posted on Monday, December 21, 2020 12:00 AM

The holidays are going to be different this year. As outlined by Public Health, it is recommended that holiday celebrations be limited to your household only. If you live alone, you may join another household if you wish. Though this usually festive season will look different, it can still be fun for the whole family!

We spoke to Elaine Skene, Child Life Specialist, about how to prepare your kids for the holidays and adapt the usual traditions into something new and exciting.

Prepare children for...

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Coming together by staying apart: Virtual concert raises vital funds for Osler

Posted on Monday, December 21, 2020 12:00 AM

They may have been physically distanced, but over 2,000 people gathered virtually on November 20 to raise more than $460,000 for William Osler Health System’s three hospitals and show their support for the front line health workers who’ve been working day and night since the pandemic began. For the first time in the event’s nine-year history, music fans and philanthropists came together online for the annual Gala Benefit Concert in support of William Osler Health System Foundation.

“I never expected...

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Creative thinking helps improve care and safety for COVID-19 patients

Posted on Monday, December 21, 2020 12:00 AM

It’s common to hear the COVID-19 pandemic described as “unprecedented” – and for good reason.

“We’ve truly never seen anything like this before,” explains Dr. Aiden Moktassi, Interim Chief and Medical Director, Diagnostic Imaging. “Across the world, health care professionals and communities alike are grappling with this virus in real time. There’s no playbook for how to manage through it.”

While the communities served by Osler have been particularly hard hit, Osler’s response to the current second...